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Obituary: Marvin Lee Hedrick, Hartsville

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Marvin Lee Hedrick, 66, peacefully passed away Monday, February 10, 2014, at his home in Hartsville.

Marvin was born in Hartsville March 5, 1947, the second youngest of the eleven children of John Floyd Hedrick and Nellie Mae White Hedrick. He was raised in Hartsville where he attended elementary school. He graduated from Hauser High School in 1965.

Marvin served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, was wounded in the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart.

He married Ann Stafford on May 3, 1969, at Hartsville United Methodist Church. They had two daughters, Angela McKinney of Hartsville and Andra Hedrick of Nashville, Tennessee.

Marvin started out working at Amos Plastics and Hartup Tool. He then worked for Cummins Engine Company and was a member of the Diesel Workers Union. He retired from Cummins in 2002 after 30 years.

Survivors include his wife and daughters; sons-in-law, Michael McKinney and Ronald Melton; granddaughters, Veronica McKinney and Mallory Melton; grandson-in-law, Eric Ray; sisters, Mary McGuire, Wilma Linville, Betty Stewart, and Diana Scott; sisters-in-law, Margaret Hedrick, Barbara Hedrick, Naomi Shepherd, Kathy Dobbs, Nancy Gilliland, and Linda Stafford; brothers-in-law, John Gilliland and Carl Stafford; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul, Kenneth, Don, Dale, Charles, and David Hedrick; sister-in-law, Marge Hedrick; brothers-in-law, George McGuire, Richard Linville, Robert Stewart, and Richard Scott; and parents-in-law, Robert and Laura Stafford.

In his early adult life, Marvin enjoyed playing volleyball, softball, bowling, canoeing, caving, skydiving, and taking houseboat trips with friends. He spent later years traveling to national parks in western states, pitching horseshoes, playing cards, socializing with close friends and family, boating at Lake Cumberland, hiking, bicycling, attending his granddaughters' athletic competitions, working crossword and Sudoku puzzles, making potholders to give away, watching his favorite TV programs, and helping friends with construction projects.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Norman Funeral Home in Hope. According to Marvin's wishes, he will be cremated. The family is planning burial at the Hartsville Cemetery with a celebration of his life with family and friends to occur later in the spring when the weather is good.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either New Harts After School Program at the Hartsville United Methodist Church, which benefits the children of Hartsville, or to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, whose loving care and exceptional nurses made it possible for Marvin to spend his last few days in the place he most wanted to be – at home, in his own bed, surrounded by family.

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