Samuel N. Hedrick, 90, of Rosewood Heights, Ill., born Nov. 21, 1925 in Mt. Erie, Ill., died Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 at his home.
Mr. Hedrick retired as Master Chief of the U.S. Navy, serving his country from 1944 to 1968 during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. He later worked for the FAA as an electronic engineer. He was a member of the East Alton American Legion and the Wood River VFW. He loved driving anywhere. A strong and loving husband and father, he was a good provider for his family. He always showed his big heart by his giving nature.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Don and Vic Hedrick.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Ann Hendrick, nee Jankowski, whom he married March 2, 1985 in Wood River, Ill.; daughter, Sandra (Randy) Briggs of Belleville, Ill.; step daughters Paulette (Danny) Turner of Alton, Ill., and Eva (Jeffrey) Horyn of Hartford, Ill.; two sons, Sammy (Carolyn) Hedrick, Jr. of Tenn. who is also a Navy veteran, and Steven (Laura) Hedrick of Alabama, an A-6 pilot retired from the Navy; and a stepson, Raymond (Sally) Combs of East Alton; 15 grandchildren, two great grandchildren; a brother, James (Marge) Hedrick of Mt. Erie, Ill.; two sisters, Wilma Gillard of Ohio and Jean and her husband Lionel Harris of Mt. Erie, Ill.; and his first wife, Wilma Hedrick, nee Vangilder, of Belleville, Ill.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion or the VFW.
Online guestbook and information available at: www.paynicfh.com
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Paynic Home for Funerals, East Alton, Ill.
Funeral: Services will be at 12 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. with Dr. Jim Kerr officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.
PAYNIC HOME FOR FUNERALS, East Alton, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 5, 2016