Wesley Wallace Hedrick


(Oct. 24, 2003)

Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 28) at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church for Wesley Wallace Hedrick, 90, who died Friday, Oct. 24 at Powell Hospital. The Rev. Don MacPherson and the Rev. Dave Garrett will officiate at services. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Hedrick was born Oct. 28, 1912, in Mt. Erie, Ill., one of 10 children of John Wesley Hedrick and Lillie (Blakesley) Hedrick. He was educated in Mt. Erie schools and married Dorothy May Gibson in Fairfield, Ill., on April 18, 1937.

The family moved to Wyoming in 1944 where he worked at the Chevrolet garage. He went into the Army Medical Corps in World War II. After his discharge, he returned to Powell and worked for Heasler Plumbing and Heating until he was drawn for a homestead on the Heart Mountain Division of the Shoshone Reclamation Project.

He and Dorothy lived and farmed on Heart Mountain from 1947 until moving into Powell in 1994. They kept the farm until selling it in April of 2000.

Mr. Hedrick also helped remodel the original Assembly of God Church in Powell in 1953 and served on the board of deacons for many years, as well as holding other positions of service in the church. He was a member of Assembly of God for 53 years.

His church, farm and family were his main interests in life. Farming and raising cattle were not only his vocation, but his hobbies as well. He looked forward to a yearly elk hunting trip when the crops were in.

He valued being a good neighbor to those in need. He also was a good brother and son to his family, a faithful husband for 66 years and a father and grandfather who loved and prayed for his kids and grandkids to be safe and protected. He wanted them all to love the Jesus he loved. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Powell; a son, James Hedrick and wife Millie of Powell; two daughters, Mary Sue Larsen and husband Jerry of Powell and Nancy Rossner and husband Cal of Powell; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Glenn, Courtney, Clayton, Leola and William Hedrick; four sisters, Iva Mayes, Mary Cole, Nelle Etchison, and Harriet Morland; and a grandson, Craig Mark Larsen.

Pallbearers at the funeral will be Jerry Kysar, Paul Burling, Larry Larsen, Dan Larsen, Jerry Denniston and Brandon Gates. Honorary pallbearers include Scot Stambaugh, Jack Gibson and Stewart Gibson.

For those who wish, memorials to the Gideons or Assembly of God building fund would be appreciated by the family.