Russell Alton Hedrick, son of the late Raymond Alton Hedrick and Mary Faith Hedrick, was born on July 26, 1926 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Surrounded by his beloved family, he departed this life peacefully on April 25, 2008 at the age of 81 years.
Mr. Hedrick was a long-time educator who once taught in a country school near Parma and later served as an elementary teacher and Administrator in the Dexter Public School System. He earned both his Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.
Mr. Hedrick was a Veteran of the United States Army serving in World War II. He was a member of the Missouri State Teacher's Association, a member of the Dexter Masonic Lodge #532, and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Dexter.
On August 7, 1948, he was united in marriage to Maxine Warren of Parma. A loyal wife for 59 years and a devoted caretaker to Russell in recent years, Maxine is an inspiration to many.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Hedrick is survived by one son, Alan and his wife Tracy of Dexter; one daughter, Renee and her husband Pierre Sauvaget of Santa Monica, California; by two grandsons Zachariah Alan Hedrick and Morgan Alton Hedrick; and two sisters, Wanda and her husband Jim White of Belleville, Illinois and Patricia O'Grady of Richmond, Virginia. A special brother-in-law, Larry Warren and his wife Diane, also survive.
Friends may call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home on Sunday, April 27, 2008 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter. Interment will follow at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with Dr. Steve Easterwood and Reverend Don Kennedy officiating.
In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to a scholarship which will be awarded to a deserving student pursuing a degree in elementary education.