Hiram "Lee" Hedrick

Hiram "Lee" Hedrick, age 94, husband of the late Janet E. (Otto) Hedrick, of Schwenksville, PA, formerly of Trappe PA, died late Saturday night, December 22, 2012 in the St. Luke's Hospital, Quakertown, PA. Born in Bridgewater, VA on September 6, 1918, he was a son of the late Hiram L. and Savilla (Wenger) Hedrick. The Hedrick family lived on Black Rock Road in Upper Providence when Mr. Hedrick was an infant, then moved to Trappe, PA. He attended the Bechtel one room schoolhouse and was a 1937 graduate of the former Collegeville High School.
Mr. Hedrick worked for Goodrich for 5 years before enlisting in the Army Air Force. He was commissioned in 1943 in the Night Fighter Bomber Squadron 414th as a Second Lieutenant. He served in Europe, North Africa and Italy. After the war ended he worked in the Forestry Service in Sierra Nevada, CA. This is where Mr. Hedrick acquired his wealth of knowledge of nature. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in Sierra Nevada, CA.
In 1947 Mr. Hedrick started working for Pacific Bell in Fresno, CA, then transferred to Bell of PA in 1949. He was called back to the service during the Korean War. He retired from Bell of PA in 1981 after 32 years of service. He enjoyed numerous vacations to the family cottage on Dog Lake in Ontario Canada. There were many great fish stories that originated and were told while spending time at Dog Lake.
Mr. Hedrick is survived by four children: Gail M., wife of Dennis Pelz, of Fountain Hill, AZ; Ellen L. Hedrick, of Costa Rica; David L., husband of Jeanette (Wollner) Hedrick, of Schwenksville, PA; Jon C. Hedrick, of Schwenksville, PA; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Hedrick was pre-deceased by two sisters: Evelyn Clement and Margaret Scholl.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service at the St. James Lutheran Church, 93 Kugler Road and Swamp Pike, Limerick, PA 19468 on Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at 10:30 AM. Officiating will be the Rev. Stuart W. Luce. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Friends will be received from 9:15 - 10:15 AM Saturday morning at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the "Youth Group at St. James Lutheran Church" at the above address. Condolences may be made and the video tribute may be viewed by visiting www.RoyersfordFuneralHome.com. The Cattermole-Klotzbach Funeral Home, 600 Washington Street, Royersford, PA is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Mercury on Dec. 26, 2012