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Andrew Jackson Hedgcock III

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Andrew Jackson HEDGCOCK III Jack was born on May 11, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois to Andrew Jackson Hedgcock II and his wife, Ruth DuPlan Hedgcock. He passed away with his family around him on February 13, 2012. Jack's early childhood was spent in Chicago and Decatur, Illinois. After the death of his father, his mother remarried J. L. Grandey, and he and his family moved to Seattle, Washington, where he attended Coe Elementary, Queen Anne High School and where he graduated from Lakeside School in 1937. He attended the University of Washington and graduated from Willamette University in 1946. Jack lived a great life. Jack's college career was interrupted by World War II. He served in North Africa and Sicily under the command of General George S. Patton, and in the Italian Campaign, where he was commanded by General Mark Clark. Jack was a Lieutenant in command of nine ambulances throughout the fight, and saw extensive combat during the battle of Monte Casino. For his service, he and the brave men under his command were awarded the Bronze Star; in the field! During the Korean War, Jack served at Valley Forge Army Hospital and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1952. Jack was a successful business man, who worked for The William Volker Company, and later as the owner of Gra-Mac Office Supply in Ballard. Jack was an active member and on the board of the Ballard Rotary Club. He was also a member of the National Office Products Association, Washington Athletic Club, Seattle Tennis Club, View Ridge Swim Club and Broadmoor Golf Club. He was a 35 year Husky Football season ticket holder and enjoyed the Husky Marching Band as much as he liked rooting for the football team. He would clap for anyone who gave it"The Old College Try". Jack was a great husband, father, and grandfather. Jack was married to his loving wife, Martha Rose, who predeceased him in December 2010. They were married for 61 years. They raised their children, Mardy and Drew to be good citizens, and set wonderful examples of how to live their lives. He loved his family. They were the most important thing in the world to him. He never missed a game, a swim meet, or a school show. A week before his death, while entertaining relatives in his den, Dad said: "This is the greatest thing, to spend time, and to be with family." We all love you Dad. We will miss you. We will cry a little, then, we will raise our heads, and look forward to tomorrow. Just like you taught us, and get ready for the next challenge. We will carry on, and so will your legacy. Jack is survived by his son, Andrew J. Hedgcock IV (Trina), his daughter, Martha H. Sander (Robert L.), his grandchildren, R. Schuyler Sander, Michael M. Sander and Jane E. Sander and his sister, Ruth Adele Campbell and his brother-in-law, Louis W. Roebke. A memorial service is planned for later this spring. Remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army and The Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. At this time, we would like to thank all of Jack's caregivers including Joyce Williams, Teri Kochendorfer, Ben Santos, James Hill, and his chef, Tom Rzegocki.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 26 to Mar. 4, 2012
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