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YPSILANTI - James Benjamin Hesson, 54, a resident of Ypsilanti township for 46 years, accidentally drowned Saturday night while smelt fishing in the Whitney Drain near East Tawas, Mich. He lived at 1009 Sweet Rd. in Ypsilanti township. Mr. Hesson was born Jan. 3, 1906, in Indiana, the son of Charles and Nora J. Todd Hesson. He came to Ypsilanti in 1914 and had lived in the area since. On Aug. 24, 1930, he married Edith Grace LaMar in Rockport, Ind. He had been employed at the Central Specialty Division of the King-Seeley Corp. for 19 years. Since 1948 he had been maintenance foreman for the entire plant. He also served in the United States Army from 1923 to 1929. Mr. Hesson was a member of the Washtenaw Sportsman's Club. Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Margaret) Reas of Wayne, Mrs. Alfred (Joyce) Ellendord of Ypsilanti, Mrs. Jack (Nancy) Glenn of Hamburg, and Miss Doris A. Hesson; six sons, James R. of Ypsilanti, Robert E. of Brookston, Ind.; John A., Donald J., Paul M. and Charles R., all at home; 14 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Marie Dorsey of Crescent City, Ill., Mrs. Ernest Powers and Mrs. Raymond Gottman, both of Tennyson, Ind.; a brother, Loran Hesson of Evansville, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Geer Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Poorman officiating. Burial will be in Arborcrest Cemetery in Ann Arbor. Friends may call at the funeral home.