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Charles Eugene Hedges Sr.


Charles Eugene Hedges Sr., age 85, of Mena, Arkansas died Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith.  He was born on Thursday, March 19, 1931 to Charles Elba and Thelma M. Bohlier Hedges in Pasco, Ohio.

Charles served in the United States Navy from 1948 to 1964 having served during the Korean Conflict and was Honorably Discharged.  He attended Yocana Baptist Church.  Charles loved his family and spending time with his wife, Barbara.  He worked several years at Rockwell International as an Electronic Specialist in Cedar Rapids Iowa for 15 years.  In 2007, he and his wife moved to Mena to retire.  Charles enjoyed going canoeing, woodworking and hanging out at the Board Camp Fire Department.  Charles was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dana Hedges.

Charles is survived by his wife, Barbara Hedges of Mena; five sons, Reverend Charles Hedges Jr. of Galena, Ohio, Steven of Dayton, Ohio, Joseph of Alabama, Loren of Dayton, Ohio and Raymond of Dayton, Ohio; two daughters, Kandy Ortgies of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Laura Comer of Dayton, Ohio; three brother, Philip of Lexington Kentucky, Robert Koeller of Fort Collins, Colorado and Noel Koeller of Ormand Beach Florida; two sisters, Darla Campbell of Dayton, Ohio and Karen Clary of Xenia, Ohio; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Yocana Baptist Church with Brother Frank Gibson and Brother Lynn Chiles officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Cemetery under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.  Visitation will be general.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Board Camp Volunteer Fire Department, C/O Henry Hankins, 890 Polk 57, Mena, Arkansas 71953 or the Polk County Senior Center, P.O. Box 750, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

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