Jeffrey (Mark) Hedrick, Kokomo, 50, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at I.U. Health Medical Center, Indianapolis, after a long and courageous battle with liver disease. His determination and optimistic attitude carried him through the difficult process that ultimately made him eligible for a liver transplant. Sadly, just two weeks after receiving this encouraging news, his body weakened too quickly and we lost our beloved son, brother, uncle, father and grandfather.
He was born July 14, 1962, in Columbus, Ga., and later moved with his family to Kokomo, where he was raised. He graduated from Taylor High School in 1980, then enlisted with the USAF and was stationed at Norton AFB in San Bernardino, Calif., to pursue a career in jet engine mechanics.
Mark loved simple life, had the best sense of humor and found joy in making others laugh. He most of all loved fishing, or just spending time in the great outdoors. He had great artistic talent and enjoyed drawing. He also loved kickboxing at the Kokomo Fire Dragon, and held the 1992 Indiana amateur championship in his weight class.
Mark will be dearly missed.
Surviving family include his mother, Sandra K. LaVassaur and husband Ronald, Kokomo; father, Terry L. Hedrick, Kokomo; grandmother, Roberta (Harry) Swick, Greentown; daughters, Felicia and Kristin Hedrick, Portland Ore.; brothers, T. Dale Hedrick, Kokomo, and David (Keri) Hedrick, Surprise, Ariz.; sisters, Cindy (Ryan) Torivo, Kokomo, and Monica (John) Green, Scipio; aunt, Rebecca Hulet, Greentown; uncle, Stephen (Pamela) Hedrick, Galveston; granddaughters, Ember Lynn and Kylee, Portland, Ore.; two stepbrothers; one stepsister; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, followed by a service at 5 p.m. at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with final expenses. Arrangements are being handled by Hasler and Stout Funeral Home, 112 E. Main St., Greentown. Online condolences can be made at www.hasler-stout.com.
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