Rex Blair Hedge, 93, of Fremont, died Aug. 20, 2012, at Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa.
He was born Dec. 22, 1918, in Oskaloosa, the son of Harry and Ava Blair Hedge. On June 18, 1947, he was united in marriage to Bernice Ver Ploeg at her parents’ home west of Leighton.
He graduated from Fremont High School with the class of 1936. Following graduation, he began farming until joining the Navy in 1942. Following his discharge, he went back to the Fremont area to continue farming, and he continued farming until his retirement about 10 years ago.
Rex was a member of the Fremont United Methodist Church, a former board member of Leisure Living, Farmer’s Savings Bank in Fremont, Fremont Funeral Chapel, Fremont School Board and a township trustee. He enjoyed fishing, sailing and traveling with Bernice.
Rex’s family includes his wife, Bernice Hedge of Fremont; a son, Bruce Hedge of Big Lake, Minn.; a daughter, Becky Sterling of Fremont; four granddaughters, Mackenzie Hedge of Big Lake, Minn., Nichole Sterling of Ann Arbor, Mich., Jennifer Sterling (Peter) Krebs of New York City, N.Y., and Kara (Chris) Gately of Palmer, Alaska; a brother, Kay (Alleen) Hedge of Fremont; a niece and several nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Mary Ellen Hedge and Dorothy May Tungate.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fremont United Methodist Church; with Rev. Ronald Bupp officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Township Memorial Cemetery south of Fremont. Graveside military rites will be given by members of the Oskaloosa American Legion and VFW.
Visitation will begin at noon today at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with the family present from 6-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Rex’s name to the Nelson Pioneer Farm or the Fremont United Methodist Church.