Dr. Robert Hedges
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Dr. Robert Hedges, age 76 of Spencer, Tennessee, passed away peacefully Friday, April 11, 2014, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Hedges was born Friday, October 15, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late Lewis and Ruby (Gagne) Hedges Stewart.
He was a retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, serving for 23 years. He received a PhD in Computing Science from Texas A & M University, and taught at the high school and collegiate level. Robert was a member of Heavenly Host Lutheran Church in Cookeville, Tennessee where he served as an Elder and President of the congregation. Bob and his wife both served for several years with the Stephen Ministry program.
Dr. Hedges is survived by his wife and soul mate of 56 years: Barbara Hedges of Spencer, TN. He is also survived by his four children, James (Sue) Hedges, David (Deborah) Hedges, Kimberly (Takis) Patikas, Kristin (Warren) Walden; and his eight grandchildren, Jason and Ryan Hedges, Philip and Amber Owen, Bailey and Austin Hedges, Takis and Robert Demetri Patikas.
Funeral services for Dr. Hedges will be conducted Tuesday, April 15, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Heavenly Host Lutheran Church on Willow Avenue in Cookeville, with Pastor Andrew Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Cummingsville cemetery in Van Buren County with full military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, April 14, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Tuesday at Heavenly Host Lutheran Church from 12 Noon until time of service at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heavenly Host Lutheran Church Stephen's Minister's program of Cookeville at 777 South Willow Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38501.
Please visit www.crestlawnmemorial.com and sign the online guest register and send a message to the family.
Crest Lawn Funeral Home
600 W. Jackson St. Cookeville, TN 38501
Published in The Tennessean on Apr. 13, 2014