James Edward Hedges, 81, Lebanon, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home.
He was born Nov. 5, 1932, in Whitestown, to Francis C. (Cleve) Hedges and Edna Cochran Hedges.
He married Susie Ellen Lewis in Whitestown in December 1953, and she survives.
Mr. Hedges served in the Korean Conflict in the Army and in Germany from 1952-1956. He worked for Belmar Machine Shop in Whitestown and then for Noble Ratts Auctioneering. He worked for Lebanon I.G.A. for 20 years and then at Lewis Family Farms. He loved fishing and camping and took great pride in his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved maintaining his home and yard and tinkering with projects and repairs.
He was a member of the Boone County Conservation Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandy Woodall of Lebanon; a son, Ted (Jean Mason) Hedges of Lebanon; grandchildren, Zach Woodall, Jake Woodall, Aaron Hedges, Joshua Hedges and Sawyer Mason, all of Lebanon, Nicholas Mason of Noblesville and Spencer Mason of Brownsburg; and great-grandchildren Kaylee, Leander and Corbin; a sister, Thelma (Max) Yaryan, and two brothers, Ernie (Margaret) Hedges, and John (Norma) Hedges, all of Lebanon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tom and Don Hedges, a sister Pearl Rogers, and a grandson Preston Mason.
Calling was Monday, April 14, at Russell & Hitch Funeral Home, 223 N. Meridian St., Lebanon, with the service at the funeral home at 1 p.m., Pastor Merv McNair officiating.
Graveside military rites were held at Lincoln Memory Gardens in Boone County.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Hedges’ memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.