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Charles Eugene Hessert Obituary

Charles “Chuck” Eugene Hessert (Wah-Tsa-Moie), age 75, passed away on Feb. 8, 2024, in Joplin, Mo., surrounded by family.

Charles “Chuck” Eugene Hessert (Wah-Tsa-Moie), age 75, passed away on Feb. 8, 2024, in Joplin, Mo., surrounded by family. He was born on Feb. 10, 1948, in Chautauqua, Kans., to Edward Clarence and Wanda Mae Hessert at his grandmother’s home.

Chuck attended grade school in Chautauqua through the eighth grade and graduated from Pawhuska High School with the class of ‘66, where he was known as “Bear.” Following high school, Chuck attended Coffeyville Community College on a football scholarship and earned an Associates Degree. He then went to Pittsburg State University to earn a degree with two majors, Health and Physical Education and Industrial Arts. Chuck married his wife Ruth Ann in 1970 at Timmons Chapel in Pittsburg, Kans. They had two daughters, Stacy born in 1973 and Jamie born in 1979.

Chuck lived in southeast Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma most of his life. Phillips Petroleum Company transferred Chuck to Douglas, Wy., from 1983 until 1986. He was sent on a temporary assignment by Phillips to Houston, TX, from 1990 to 1991. In 2000, Chuck and Ruth Ann moved to Lake Forest, Calif., before moving overseas to Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, South America in 2001. They lived in Venezuela until Chuck’s retirement in 2004, where they built a lovely home on the Wah-Tsa-Moie Ranch. In recent years, Chuck and Ruth Ann moved to Carl Junction, Mo., to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.

Chuck Hessert retired from ConocoPhillips with over 30 years experience in project management, quality assurance/quality control. During his career, he handled all phases of new construction from initial conception through successful startup. He worked on a variety of internationally based projects which took him to over 38 foreign countries. After “retiring” he started C.E. Hessert Construction, where he owned and operated a bull-dozer business and had an independent oil and gas company, Hessert LOC, Inc. He also managed his herd of registered Angus and raised Angus bulls on the Wah-Tsa-Moie Ranch. Also, during his “retirement,” Chuck served as the Vice Chair for the Osage Nation Energy Services, LLC, for the Osage Nation. In 2016, Chuck was selected as an honoree for the AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors, one of Oklahoma’s most prestigious awards.

Through the years, Chuck was an avid hunter. He enjoyed hunting deer, coyote, elk, fox, bear, pheasant, quail, duck, goose and antelope. He had an appreciation for the land and while traveling, continually observed the agricultural practices of other countries and cultures. He often spent weekends taking tours through the countryside, visiting farms, wineries, and various farm operations. His travels in Holland to the dairy farms and cheese factories were probably some of his most memorable trips. He also really enjoyed learning about the Kobe beef operations while visiting Kobe, Japan.

Chuck was extremely proud of his Osage heritage. He was the direct descendant of two original Osage allottees, George Michelle, his great-grandfather, and Della Hessert, his grandmother. He strived to teach his family about their Osage heritage and has been honored to watch his daughter, Jamie, and grandchildren participate in the Inlonshka dances, as his great-grandfather did in the early 1900s. He was very proud of Jamie’s research on the family’s Osage ancestry.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Ann of 53 years, his daughter Jamie (Jacob), and his grandchildren, Christopher, Alyssa and Jeremiah. He is also survived by his aunt, Faye Powell.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Clarence Hessert, his mother, Wanda Mae Hessert, and his daughter, Stacy Dawn Hessert.

The Memorial Service will be held at Wakon Iron Chapel at 11 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2024,
181 Wakon Iron Boulevard, Pawhuska, Okla. A traditional Osage meal for all guests will follow at Wakon Iron Hall (located beside the chapel). It was very important to Chuck that the family make sure everyone is well fed and enjoy some of his favorite Osage dishes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Solace House of the Ozarks or to the Wah-Tsa-Moie Scholarship Fund.

Solace House of the Ozarks (The Hospice Facility where Chuck passed)
PO Box 4467, Joplin, MO 64803
417-208-9292

Wah-Tsa-Moie Scholarship
1003 West Briarbrook Lane
Carl Junction, MO 64834

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