Richard Ray Hedges (1925 - 2013)

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Richard (Dick) Ray Hedges

Richard (Dick) Ray Hedges, 87, passed away May 03, 2013 at his Dayton residence.

Dick was born May 23, 1925 at Las Animas, CO. He moved to Lahontan Dam at 2yrs and to Reno at 8yrs old. He resided in California for a brief time where he owned a gas station and Steak and Lobster Restaurant. However his heart remained in Nevada and he soon returned. He owned several gas stations in Nevada. He later moved to Lake Tahoe, and then Dayton Nevada where he spent his final years.

Dick served his country as a Corporal in the United States Marine Air Corps, World War II and is honored in the World War II museum. He was recognized by Tom Brokaw. A Marksman and Aircraft Mechanic. He received the "Good Conduct Medal of Honor" upon discharge.

He was an intelligent man and master mechanic who could fix anything with an engine and was still working on his family's vehicles at the age of 87. He loved gardening and grew the most beautiful flowers. He worked for Helms & Harker & Harker for many years. He acknowledged the Harkers as part of his own family.

He was a particularly outspoken, opinionated, spirited, and a hardworking man. Dick was always willing to give his opinion when asked, and sometimes when not. He was engaged in the world and current events. Dick enjoyed mustang roping with Paul Laxalt and Paul Ray in his earlier days.

An avid hunter, yet there to care or protect any wounded animal that would come his way. He loved his family and friends with every ounce of his being.

He is survived by his children, Barbara Burdick, Marjory Showers, and Richard Hedges. Also by his 6 grandchildren, 6 nieces and nephews, Sister- in law Nancy Hedges, and far too many great and great-great grandchildren to list. Proceeded in death by Parents Ray and Grace (Hyatt) Hedges, Brother Weldon, Alan (Bud), and Donald (Tiny) Hedges.

He was a man of integrity and character who possessed "true grit." Truly one of the last "Real Cowboys." His family and friends and children mourn his loss greatly. He was an exceptional father. We are comforted knowing you have found peace at your final destination.

Services will be held on May 20th 10:00 am at the Veterans Cemetery, Fernley Nevada. A "Celebration of Life" will be held on May 23rd at 11:30 am. Contact Pearl at 775-425-4301 for details.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on May 15, 2013
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