Rex Blair Hedge, 93, of Fremont, died Monday, August 20, 2012, at Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa. He was born Sunday, December 22, 1918 in Oskaloosa the son of Harry and Ava Blair Hedge. 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. On June 18, 1947 he was united in marriage to Bernice Ver Ploeg at her parent’s home west of Leighton. 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, Minnesota; a daughter: Becky Sterling of Fremont; 4 granddaughters: Mackenzie Hedge of Big Lake, Minnesota, Nichole Sterling of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jennifer Sterling (& Peter) Krebs of New York City, New York, 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 were held Thursday, August 23, 2012 at the Fremont United Methodist Church at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Ronald Bupp officiating. Burial was in the Cedar Township Memorial Cemetery south of Fremont. Graveside military rites were given by members of the Oskaloosa American Legion and V.F.W. Visitation was held Wednesday after 12 noon at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with the Family present at the funeral chapel Wednesday from 6 – 7 P.M. to greet friends and relatives. 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. Fremont Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.