Leo G. Hessler Jr., 62, a retired civilian photographer with the Marine Corps who directed the Washington family photographic business, Hessler Studios, for the past 10 years, died Sept. 3 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital after a heart attack.
He worked for the Marine Corps for 27 years before retiring in February.
Mr. Hessler, who lived in Gaithersburg, was a native of Washington. He was a graduate of Wilson High School and attended George Washington University. He served with the Marines in the Pacific and in China during World War II.
He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, the Knights of Columbus, the Professional Photographers of America, and the Potomac Tennis Club.
His marriage to Patricia Hessler ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Aida H., of Gaithersburg; four children by his first marriage, Donald, of Rockville, Joseph, of San Francisco, James, of Florida, and Carol Rivers of Arlington; four stepchildren, James C. Callendo and Guy Winer, both of Annapolis, Josephine Callendo of Arlington, and Kimberley Winer of Gaithersburg; a brother, David, of Washington; a sister, Sheila Hessler of Los Altos, Calif., and two stepgrandchildren.
DAVID STEPHEN YATES, 41, a retired Navy commander who was a veteran of the Vietnam War and who was serving with the Navy Supply Systems Command when he left active duty this year, died of cancer Sept. 3 at the National Institutes of Health.
Cmdr. Yates, a resident of Springfield who had lived in this area since 1983, was born in Statesville, N.C. He enlisted in the Navy in 1968, then remained in the reserves while attending Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He graduated in 1970 and received his commission in 1971.
An officer in the Supply Corps, he served aboard an oiler in Vietnamese waters in 1972 and 1973. He also had been stationed aboard a fast frigate, which was based at Norfolk, and served at our naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba, before moving here.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Allman Yates, and a son, David Jr., both of Springfield; a daughter, Mary Katherine Yates of Chapel Hill, N.C., and his mother, Lillie Mae Yates Ayers of Huntersville, N.C.
LENA H. BICKING, 89, an area resident since 1915 who was active in church groups, died Sept. 4 at the Methodist Home in Washington. She had arteriosclerosis.
She had served on the board of the Methodist Home and was a member of Eldbrooke United Methodist Church in Washington.
Mrs. Bicking, who lived in the Methodist Home, was born in Clarksburg, Md., and moved here in 1915. She was a 1917 graduate of Central High School. She was a Navy yeomanette from 1917 to 1920. She had been a part-time dressmaker in her home from the about 1930 to about 1980.
Her husband, George W. Bicking, died in 1951. Survivors include a daughter, Florence Walleigh of Baltimore; four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.