April 2, 2013


Kent Wendell Hedges Sr., 74, of Ankeny and formerly of Scranton, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.

Visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church in Ankeny on Thursday, April 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Scranton United Methodist Church where friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

The Rev. Charles Thompson will officiate. Organist will be Lula Garnes.

Burial will be at Scranton Township Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Paul Buchanan, Dan Fliger, Larry Meredith, Kent MacDonald, Mike Kulick and Harold Seaman. Honorary casket bearers will be Sid Vanderploeg, Bill "Dutch" Verheul, Fred Bergama, Dale Hoyt, Randy Hedges and Paul Bartley.

Online condolences may be left at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born Dec. 26, 1938, at Jefferson, he was a son of Wayne and Jean (Capel) Hedges. He grew up on his family's farm south of Scranton and graduated from Bayard High School in 1957. He attended Morningside College in Sioux City and earned a bachelor's degree in business.

He married Donna Kay "Becky" Beckner on June 21, 1959, at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

Following college Kent taught high school in Glidden for a year and a half and then moved to Aurora, Colo., in 1964 and worked for U.S. Borax as a chemical sales representative.

In 1969 they moved to Ankeny where he worked for Chemagro until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Scranton.

He was a member of the Glidden Masonic Lodge, the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, a charter member of Northern Polk County Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Ankeny Rotary Club. Kent enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, traveling, reading, flying, and his dogs Skeeter and Chipper.

Kent is survived by a daughter Julie Letze and her husband Larry of Runnells, Iowa; a son Kent Hedges II and his wife Patricia of Cambridge, Md.; his mother Jean Hedges of Scranton; a sister Jan Reever and her husband Rich of Fairfield; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a son-in-law Howie Burrows of Ankeny; a niece Renee Olson and her husband Mark of Boulder City, Nev.; a nephew Jason Reever and his wife Roni of Clear Water, Minn., several cousins, and many good friends.

Kent was preceded in death by his father Wayne in 2003; his wife Donna "Becky" in 2008; and his daughter Tracey Burrows in 2001.