UPDATED: Bob Hesse, former Courier editor, dies at 73

Bob Hesse, who ran The Courier’s newsroom for 30 years, died Sunday. He was 73.
Hesse retired as the newspaper’s editor in 2007. He had worked at The Courier for 42 years.
Over the years, Hesse helped the newspaper grow from a print publication that circulated primarily in northwestern Ohio to one that can be read worldwide via the internet.
The Courier’s newsroom was in mourning Monday.
“Printer’s ink ran deep through Bob. He was a great newspaper man and passionate about the role a newspaper played in the community,” Findlay Publishing Co. President Karl Heminger said.
“I greatly enjoyed working with Bob for 20 years. I deeply respected and trusted his journalistic ethics and appreciated his genuine understanding of the challenges of the newspaper business. A lot of us are telling ‘remember when’ stories about Bob today,” Heminger said.
A 1962 graduate of North Baltimore High School, Hesse was originally hired as a general assignment reporter in 1965, while he was taking classes at Bowling Green State University. He earned his journalism degree in 1972.
Over the years, Hesse was the newspaper’s farm and regional editor, city editor, managing editor, executive editor, and finally editor.
As editor, he was in charge of directing a 20-person-plus news staff, and handling budgeting and personnel.
After retiring, Hesse lived near Port Clinton and ran a charter fishing business on Lake Erie. He spent the winters in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Barb; his mother, Monetta Hesse; a son, Robert “Bob” Hesse; and a brother, Gary Hesse.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Smith-Crates Funeral Home, North Baltimore. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Hesse’s obituary will appear in Tuesday’s Courier.


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