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Obituary: John Hedges Jr., Fort Myers, Fla.

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John S. Hedges Jr. passed away October 19, 2012. He was born in Muncie, IN, on January 26, 1928. He grew up in Columbus, IN, graduating from Columbus High School, and then going on to Jordan Conservatory of Music (Butler University) where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree.

Upon graduation in 1951, he was drafted into the Army and served in Korea until 1953. He then went to Indiana University, earning a Master of Science degree in recreation, and completed some post graduate work. John was employed by the State of Indiana, working at the Richmond State Hospital until 1981, and Evansville State Hospital until retiring in 1988.

John’s true passion was music, playing bass in particular. He played with the Carol Lou Trio in Richmond, IN, for many years, and in retirement, with many local musicians.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Jo C. Hedges.

He is survived by his five children, Leslie Payton (David), John Hedges (Pam), Greg Hedges (Donna), Betsy Coleman (Joseph), and Amy Matthews (Scott); and four grandchildren, Alex Hedges, Chase Hedges, Sheilah Payton and Elizabeth Matthews.

John had a zest for life that was contagious and had a fantastic sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by many.

A celebration of his life will be held at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, FL 33913, on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 3 p.m., with a reception to share memories to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908, or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas TX 75284.

Information: 239-334-4880.

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