Walter Edward Hesson1

#4885, (24 May 1926 - 11 December 2016)
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Nelle Belle Bridges
Father*Walter Sylvester Hesson2 (1889 - 1981)
Mother*Ina Ritchel2 (1892 - 1985)


Carolyn Renee Jenson b. 1936, d. 2018
Birth*24 May 1926He was born on 24 May 1926 at Rockport, Spencer Co., IndianaG; (not in hh 1930 census.)1 
24 April 1940He appeared on the census of 24 April 1940 in the household of Walter Sylvester Hesson and Ina Ritchel at 631 Elm Street, Rockport, Spencer Co., IndianaG, son, age 13.3 
Marriage*28 January 1961He married Carolyn Renee Jenson, daughter of Elmer Carl Jenson and Gwenfread Evans, on 28 January 1961 at Harris Co., TexasG.4 
Death*11 December 2016He died on 11 December 2016 at Houston, Harris Co., TexasG, at age 90.5 


  1. [S1673] Indiana Birth Certificates 1907-1940, Indiana State Board of Health, Year 1926, Roll 11, img. 699/2519, Local No. 25693. Walter Edward Hesson, b. Rockport, Spencer Co. IN, 24 May 1926, son of Walter S Hesson, age 36, foreman, and Ina E Ritchel, age 33, housekeeper, both b. IN and res. Rockport IN, third child, online
  2. [S346] 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Walter S (50), paper factory watchman; Ina E (46); Walter E (13), son.
  3. [S346] 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Walter S (50), b. IN, paper factory watchman; Ina E (46), b. IN; res. same house in 1935.
  4. [S2385] Harris County, Texas, Marriage Records, Harris County Clerk's Office, Houston, Texas, online Year 1961, Register p. 254-33-0959, Marr. Lic. No. 261162. Walter E Hesson, age 34, and Carolyn R Jenson, age 24, both res. 2115 Argonne, Houston TX, marr. 28 Jan 1961 by Alfred Freeman, minister.
  5. [S1585], online, Obituary for Walter E. Hesson, Houston Chronicle on Dec.18,2016.
    Walter Edward Hesson (90) of Houston, TX passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016. He was born on May 24, 1926 to Walter Sylvester Hesson and Ina (Ritchel) Hesson in Rockport, IN. He graduated early from Rockport High School and attended Purdue University to study Engineering before enlisting in the US Navy at the height of WWII. After discharge, he returned to school and graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in Industrial Management.
    Walt was a dedicated Brownbuilder spending 34 years of his career with Houston based Brown & Root. He processed through the ranks, impacting projects and influencing coworkers on the gulf coast and around the world before retiring as Sr. Vice President in 1986.
    Walt's second career that he moonlighted at was that of a distance runner. He was an early member of the Houston Harriers and Houston Masters running clubs and throughout his 50's and 60's often posted club best times for his age group in various long distance races. For a number of years, he was a member of the Houston Marathon Course Committee responsible for the Design and Certification of the race course during the formative years of the event. Walt competed in 11 Marathons including the venerated Boston Marathon
    Following his retirement from Brown &Root, Walt undertook the endeavor of teaching himself botany, in particular the life cycle and identification of ferns. He was an enthusiastic member of the Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society, Houston Audubon Society, and the Texas Native Plant Society. Along with his beloved wife of over 56 years, he traveled across this beautiful country of ours to hike, camp, and photograph the flora of locations ranging from the National Parks to overgrown cemeteries.
    Walt was a member for 50 years of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.
    Walt is survived by his wife Carolyn Renee, sons Paul Walter and Scott Edward, daughter in law Karen Jones, granddaughter Althea Love and nephew Bill and his family. He was preceded in death by his sister Marguerite and brother Sylvester.