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Charles E. “Chuck” Hedges

Charles E. “Chuck” Hedges, 75, of Lancaster, died February 6, 2012, at the Fairfield Medical Center.

Chuck was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Sugar Grove. He was a 1956 graduate of Lancaster High School and served in the United States Air Force. He was an associate with the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home and Johnson-Smith Funeral Home for many years.

Chuck was past president of the Baltimore Festival, a member of Baltimore V.F.W. Post #3761, a recipient of the Baltimore Citizens Award, and a member of the Millersport Lions Club. Chuck was a member of the Lancaster Lodge #57 F&AM. and the Baltimore Lodge #475 F&AM; was a three time past commander of the Lancaster Commandery #2 Knights Templar; a member of the Tarhe Shrine; Aladdin Temple; Lancaster Chapter #11 RAM; Lancaster Council #3 R&SM; Hocking Hills Shrine Club; Scottish Rite – Valley of Columbus; Ambassadors Club; Royal Order of Jesters – Columbus Court 8; two time past president of the Aladdin Medical Unit; an Honorary Aladdin Clown and was the Assistant Director for the Aladdin Temple Circus.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 51 years, Janet K. Hedges; daughters, Pamela S. (Michael) Hock of Lancaster and Tina M.( Bill Behrens) Hedges of Lancaster; sister, Loretta Clark of Lancaster; sister-in-law, Freda Groff, Lancaster; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Harry and Linda Wilkinson of Illinois; brother-in-law, Jack Blankenship, Rushville; several nieces and nephews; and many close friends and families. The family would like to give special thanks to the entire Fairfield Medical Center for their loving care of Chuck.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Helen Hedges; sisters, Virginia Moore, Vivian Holt, and Joan Blankenship; and brothers, Lloyd “Junior” Hedges and James Hedges.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 10, 2012, at the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Lancaster, with Reverend John Stroup and Phil Unger officiating. Burial will follow in Stukey Cemetery in Sugar Grove where the Lancaster Ohio Veterans Burial Detail will conduct military graveside services. Friends and family may visit from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A Masonic Service by Baltimore Lodge # 475 F&AM will be held at 8:00 p.m. Thursday and a Jester Rose Ceremony will be held Friday at 10:45 a.m. both at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association For Children Inc. 3850 Stelzer Road Columbus, OH 43219 in Chucks’ memory.

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