DEXTER -- Ralph "Eugene" Hessling Sr., 94, died March 31, 2012, at his home.
Born June 30, 1927, at Lilbourn, son of the late Edward and Polly Ann Brockwell Hessling, he was a heavy equipment operator.
On Dec. 26, 1936, at New Madrid, he married Freddie Pearl Hessling who preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2006.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Vonda Jean Hessling.
He is survived by: five sons, Ralph Hessling Jr., Ronnie Ray Hessling, Everett Hessling and Gary W. Hessling of Dexter and Gerald Hessling of Bloomfield; one brother, George Hessling of Granite City, Ill.; one sister, Grace Davis of Sikeston; and six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter where services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Kenneth Biggs officiating.
Burial will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.