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October 15, 2013

LTC (Retired) William R. “Bill” Hedges

— LTC (Retired) William R. “Bill” Hedges

Funeral service for LTC (Retired) William R. “Bill” Hedges, 94, Lawton, will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 18, in the Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Leonard Reimer, Chaplain, Promise Care Hospice officiating.

Colonel Hedges died Monday, October 14, 2013 at his residence.

Burial with full military honors will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

He was born January 13, 1919 in Bradley, Oklahoma, to Frank E. and Esther Lee (Yates) Hedges.  He married Geneva Monkres on November 9, 1940 at Anadarko.  She preceded him in death on February 12, 1984.  He later married Dorothy Makowski on September 5, 1991 in Lawton.

He enlisted in the Chickasha Unit of the 45th Infantry Division in 1935 and served throughout World War II with that unit.  He enlisted in the regular army in 1946 and received a battlefield commission in 1950 while in Korea with the 2nd Division.  He was awarded the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for gallantry and valor as well as the Army Commendation Medal.    He also earned the American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal with 5 campaigns, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Major in 1963 after 27 years of service and later retired as a LTC from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1973.  In 1985 he retired from Federal Civil Service with the U.S. Army Reserve Center on Cache Road.

He was a life member of the 45th Infantry Division Association, VFW Post 5263 and the DAV.  He enjoyed golf and attending OU Football games.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; a daughter, Catherine Lynn Abercrombie and husband Don, Lawton; a step daughter, Kimberly Hotella and husband Vernon, Cache; two grandchildren, Erin Darché and husband Luke, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Marc Abercrombie, Irving, Texas; a great grandson, Jackson Darché; two step grandchildren, Ashley Johnson and husband Derek, Cache, and Jeremy Smith, Oklahoma City; four step great grandchildren, Landon and Layne Johnson and Keeley and Zayden Smith.

A son, Larry Nathan Hedges, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the OU Football Scholarship Fund, VFW Post 5263 or Promise Care Hospice.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com

 

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