Frederick “Fred” James Hesse

Frederick James Hesse, M.D., age 69, of Lawrence, Kansas unexpectedly passed away July 23 at his sister’s home one week before his 70th birthday. A Rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 27, 2020 with a Mass to follow at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Fred was born July 30, 1950 in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Joseph and Martha (Loftus) Hesse. He grew up in McPherson and Hutchinson, Kansas. He was Valedictorian of Trinity High School in Hutchinson. He attended Hutchinson Junior College and was a Summerfield Scholar at the University of Kansas and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency in Wichita. He started his Internal Medicine practice at the Salina Clinic and then practiced at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas before retiring in 2005. Fred was an avid photographer and loved to travel. He gave photo calendars of his work to family members and friends each year at Christmas. His photos showcased his love of nature photography and our National Parks. He loved his Jayhawk sports and had season tickets for many years and attended both basketball and football games until he developed mobility problems due to diabetes.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, nephew Kevin Hesse and brother-in-law Arthur Cromer. He is survived by his two brothers Richard (Monika) Hesse, Wichita, Kansas and Dr. Robert (Jane) Hesse, Tulsa, Oklahoma and his sister Rosemary Cromer, Lawrence, Kansas. He is also survived by a niece Stephanie (Stan) Kramer, Lawrence, Kansas and nephews Brian (Teri) Hesse, Mesa, Arizona, Gregory (Michele) Cromer, Overland Park, Kansas, Paul Cromer and Brendan Cromer, Lawrence, Kansas and Dr. Jeffrey Hesse, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

A visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26th at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.



7 Condolences

  1. Jan Hodge on July 25, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I worked with Dr. Hesse at the VA in Leavenworth, Kansas. He was such a kind, and caring man.

  2. Brenda Little on July 25, 2020 at 10:31 am

    I worked with Dr. Hesse at the Leavenworth VA. Such a good hearted Dr and fun to work with. He was always available for educating staff including me! Sending My thoughts and prayers To his family.

  3. Cindy Jackson on July 25, 2020 at 11:32 am

    I enjoyed working with Dr.Hesse at the VA. His veteran patients loved him. He was highly intelligent and was always there to consult and share. He shared his pictures and they were wonderful. He had a wry sense of humor that was greatly missed when he retired. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  4. Cerita Slusher on July 25, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    I worked with Dr. Hesse at the Leavenworth VA. He was a kind and caring doctor. He was always available for questions if I had any. I loved working with him. Prayers to his family.

  5. Cecilia Rush on July 26, 2020 at 7:16 am

    I worked with Dr Hesse at the VA.
    He was such a good Dr. and Man.
    He was so intelligent on so many subjects.
    He was always willing to talk about photography, sports & travel.

  6. Sandie Tramba on July 26, 2020 at 10:30 am

    As Lawrencians who commuted to Leavenworth, we would acknowledge each other on 70 as we drove home—as well as the old Paradise Cafe in town. The vets loved him. Sandie Tramba

  7. Kennean Harper on July 26, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Worked with Dr Hesse at the Leavenworth VA. Was always a very sweet and nice man.Not only did the veterans think highly of him but so did the staff.He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to the family. Rest in peace and may God bless.

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