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Charles Alan Hess IV

October 8, 1955 — January 31, 2024

Laguna Vista, Texas

Charles Alan Hess IV, known to all as Al, passed away on January 31, 2024, at his home in Laguna Vista, Texas with his wife and son by his side. Al passed away at the young age of 68 after a brief battle with cancer.

Left to treasure Al’s memory are his wife Kaye Hess, children Charles Alan Hess V (Tara), Michaela Marie Hess, step-daughter Kayla Idom (Lee), his sisters Vicky L. Hess, Jacquelyn Koch (Dave), 6 grandchildren, Micah, Chloe, and Eli Hess along with Davis, Gibson, and Dolan Idom.

Proceeded in death by his father Charles Alan Hess III, mother Violet June Hess, and brother Richard Dean Hess.

Al was born on October 8, 1955, to the late Chuck and June Hess in Weslaco, Texas. At the age of 3 the family relocated to Omaha, NE. however, Al spent many summers visiting grandparents which promoted his love of the Rio Grande Valley.  Al was known and loved for his sarcastic jokes, loving advice, and for being the strong patriarch glue of the family. He was a hard worker with a strong work ethic that he displayed throughout his life. Al’s love for the restaurant industry began with first job at A&W. In 1977, he started at KFC as a cook where he was promoted through several levels of management. In the year 2000 Al and 2 close business associates created the corporation “BAD” where they purchased 16 KFC’s and went on to add Long John Silver’s creating 2 dual concept locations.  When Al and his partners sold the KFC’s Al acquired a couple of Godfathers Pizza restaurants which he owned and operated until his retirement in 2022. In retirement Al, lived the dream of owning his own little piece of paradise with his wife, Kaye, near South Padre Island. There he enjoyed a good cigar by his pool or at the beach, meeting new friends and gorgeous sunsets on the bay.

A Celebration of Life will be held at JAMS, 17070 Wright Plaza, in Omaha, NE on Thursday, March 7th. Please drop in to visit with the family between 5 and 8pm to honor Al, where lite appetizers and cocktails will be served. In lieu of flowers please send any contributions to The Team Jack Foundation (

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

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