Mr. Max Hedglin, 92, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at home with family by his side.
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He was born on August 26, 1928 in Hudson, In., the youngest son of Henry Arthur and Emma Lucille (Stayner) Hedglin.
Max graduated from Salem Center High School in Indiana. After graduation, with his mother’s permission and signature, Max enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 at Camp Adderberry. He served in the 1st Battalion United States Army Special Forces, this group of soldiers would later be known as “The Green Berets”. Throughout his military service he did three tours in Korea, served seven years in the Philippines and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Ft. Bragg and finally Ft. Leonardwood. While serving at Ft. Leonardwood, Max decided to go out in Jefferson City, Mo. where he saw a pretty girl getting down on the dance floor. True to form, he played a practical joke on her and, long story short, Anna Jeanette Thompson became his wife on January 11, 1958.
After he was honorably discharged from the Army, Max began working with Kaw Transport. He worked there as a truck driver for many years until he retired in 1973.
Max was a man of strong faith and he and his wife were members of Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed being outdoors and was very particular about keeping his yard manicured. He even went so far as to call his lawnmower “the Cadillac” and giving the grandkids a ride on “the Cadillac” became a family tradition. He had a green thumb and maintained a large garden. Max was proud of his walnut trees and enjoyed harvesting the walnuts when they fell and spent a lot of cold winter days cracking them open to enjoy his crop. In their younger years, Max and Jeanette loved to go dancing and fishing and continued to travel throughout their lives. Max held no name more important than “Papa”. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and any time spent playing with them, teasing them or just sitting to share stories and memories was time well spent.
Survivors include: his four daughters, Brenda Bailey (Bruce) of Florissant, Mo., Denise Spaunhorst (Harry) of Jefferson City, Mo., Tina Dulle (Todd) of Crestview, Fl. and Myrita Holtcamp of Jefferson City, Mo.; three sons, Max R. Hedglin (Janie) of Jefferson City, Mo. David Hedglin of Georgia, and John Hedglin of Georgia; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jeanette on February 9, 2013; five sisters; and four brothers.
Visitation will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 19, 2021. The general public is welcome to attend the visitation while following social distancing guidelines and wearing masks.
Funeral services will be conducted at Trinity Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 19, 2021 with the Reverend Samuel Powell officiating. Private interment will be held at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.
A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 10:45 a.m. for friends that are not able to attend by going to his memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church, or to Central Missouri Hospice, 1001 Southwest Blvd, Suite A, Jefferson City, MO 65109, noting in memory of Max Hedglin.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.