April 1, 2016

In Memoriam: Wayne Hedrick


Lowell “Wayne” Hedrick passed away on March 24, 2016 at the age of 86.

He was born in Sedalia, Missouri on May 7, 1929 and grew up in an area of Missouri where coal mining was the main industry. He graduated from Appleton City High School and started working as a heavy equipment operator.

Wayne entered the U.S. Navy and was an engine room engineer on the Hospital Ship USS Haven during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged from the Navy he went to work for Western Electric, which later became Bell Telephone. He worked at the phone company for over 30 years.

Wayne enjoyed doing a little hunting, fishing, dirt bike riding and building anything in the Heath Kit catalog. The Hedricks were the first family on their street with a color TV. He built it in the garage and family members recall their house being very busy for Sunday football games. He and his wife Jimmie lived in Canyon Lake from 1977 to 2002.

Wayne was proceeded in death by his wife Jimmie and son Jeff. He is survived by his son Roger and wife Sandy, son Greg and wife Anna, and daughter Nancy and her friend Karen, along with seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They will miss "one of the greatest gentleman God ever put on earth."

Wayne’s services will be held Thursday, April 7, at 11 a.m. at Evans-Brown Mortuary on Encanto Dr. in Sun City. The family would love to see all of his friends who wish to celebrate his life.