J.R. Hesslen, 85, of Fort Smith passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Fort Smith. He retired from Baldor.

He is survived by two sons, Kevin Hesslen and wife Christy of Greenwood and Eddie Hesslen of Pocola; his longtime companion, Virginia “Jenny” Sherfield; four grandchildren, Edwin, Hope, Hannah and Hunter Hesslen; and one great-grandchild, Edwin Hesslen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mangrous and Lucy Hesslen; and one grandchild, Gabriel Hesslen.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home in Greenwood.

To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.mcconnellfh.com.