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2100 Perkiomen Avenue
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Nathaniel Hess

Nathaniel G. Hess

Friday, June 16th, 1978 - Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
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It is with shattered hearts and broken souls that we announce the death of Nathaniel G. "Nate" Hess, 42, of Robesonia, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
He was the husband of Christine (Barbara) Hess. Born in Reading, He was the son of the late Emanuel "Chuck" Hess and Amy (Hafer) Miller, wife of Andrew, of Wernersville. He was the stepson of Brooke Gardner. Nate was a 1996 graduate of Reading High School. Nate graduated from the Reading Police Academy in 2002 and started his law enforcement career with the Reading Police. He worked with several departments with the last as a patrolman for the PA State Capitol Police. Nate was a Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor, Field Training Officer, and a member of the Special Response Team (SRT). Nate was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #85.

Nate was a bright and fierce star that burned out all too soon. Family was everything to him. He was one of the smartest men you'll ever meet. He had a keen insight into the human psyche. He had a great, albeit dry, sense of humor. His huge heart was evident by his willingness to help anyone and everyone who needed it. He was a man you could count on to be there for you. He had a phenomenal knowledge of firearms and sneakers, both of which were reflected in his vast collection of both, especially sneakers. He had a special knickname for everyone. Words are hard to come by to describe the unique man that he was. There will never be another like him. He leaves a whole in the world that will never be filled.
Along with his wife, Nate is survived by his children: Kalyssa Reis and Kaleb and Chloe Hess, all of Hamilton New Jersey, Jeffrey Barbera of Hazelton and Hailey Hess, at home. Nate is also survived his siblings: Andrew Miller of Wernersville, Kristie Haag, wife of John, of Womelsdorf and Cecilia Castaneda, wife of RJ, of Globe Arizona. He will be terribly missed by his uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation with family and friends will be held on Wednesday May 5 , 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. 2100 Perkiomen Avenue Reading, Pa 19606. Interment will be private. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit
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    May 5th, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    May 5th, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Lutz Funeral Home, Inc.
    2100 Perkiomen Avenue
    Reading, PA 19606
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Pete Picciurro

Posted at 12:59am

You will be deeply missed. The couple years you and I worked together, I had such a good time. I will always remember your sneaker lesson and the difference between shoes. Your reward in heaven will be abundant. May God immerse you and your loved ones in his divine mercy. Rest in peace and God Bless your your family. Pete Picciurro

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Tajuanna Franklin

Posted at 11:18am
My deepest condolences to Nate's wife, children, and family. I am in complete total shock. I know there's nothing I can say to ease your pain, but I am praying for your comfort. Nate was so kind and nice. He had a very calming and peaceful spirit. I called him the "gentle giant". He will truly be missed at the capitol. The halls won't be the same.

Millersburg Police Dept.

Posted at 09:10am
Our condolences to the Nate's family and friends. Nate was a good man and a good cop. He will be missed by many.

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