Jim Hess and the former Karen Herman were married July 20, 1968, at Salem Lutheran Church in Parkston, S.D.
Their children are: Jim and Kristine Hess of Barrington, Ill., Amy and Wade Zeilenga of Byron Center, MIch., and Monte and Nicol Hess of Olathe, Kan. They have five grandchildren: Jamie Hess; Taylor, Luke and Michael Zeilenga; and Gavin Hess.
Jim is retired after 37 years in the education field as a teacher, coach and administrator. Karen is employed with the Sioux City Community Schools as an elementary school principal.