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Obituary: Thomas Robert Hegg, Columbus


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Thomas Robert Hegg, 84, of Columbus, died at 8:12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Four Seasons Retirement Center.

Tom and his wife recently moved to Columbus, IN, from Matthews, NC. Tom was a decorated member of the 14th Infantry in Korea and participated in the battle of Heartbreak Ridge.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he was an industrial engineer at various companies for 40 years including at Eastman Kodak during the development of the camera used on the first Apollo moon landing.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were made by Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.

Born in Brockton, MA, April 13, 1929, Tom was the son of Harry Hegg and Anna Johnson Hegg.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Gaiser Hegg; daughters, Sue Hegg of Charlotte, NC, Linda Hegg of Wilmington, DE, Barbara Buchanan  of Indianapolis, IN, Barbara Witham, Coppell, TX, and Rebecca Lorenz of Columbus, IN; sons, Thomas Robert (Jeanine) Hegg Jr. of Boston, MA, and John W. Hegg of St. Simons Island, GA; a brother, John Peter Hegg of Phoenix, AZ; and grandchildren, Maggie Buchanan, Patrick Buchanan, Sam Hegg, Giorgianna Auteri, Mateo Auteri, Tim Witham and Lean Witham.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Beth Lorenz; and brothers, Harry Hegg Jr. and Leroy Hegg.

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