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Thomas L. Hedrick

Thomas “Tom” Lee Hedrick, age 72, of Columbus, Ohio passed away Friday, February 19, 2021 at the Whetstone Garden Assisted Living following a brief illness. The son of Kenneth Lee & Jo Ann Rose (Arnold) Hedrick, he was born on May 23, 1948 in Elkins, West Virginia.  Tom married Susan Louise (Seyler) Hedrick on June 12, 1971 at the Harmar Hill Church of Christ in Marietta, together they shared thirty-six years.

After Tom’s birth his family moved to Canton, OH in 1948. During his time at Ohio University he lived in Athens, OH. After his marriage to his wife, they moved to Newark, OH. They then moved back to Marietta, OH until they moved with their daughters to Worthington, OH after his short-lived retirement in Summer of 1999.

Tom worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation for twenty-nine years, mainly in Marietta, OH until his retirement in 1999. He worked as a Project Manager on the bridge and roadways. He excelled in his work and had many colleagues that admired him. After he retired for two weeks, he went back to work at various civil engineer consultant firms in Columbus, OH. His last employment was with Columbus Engineer Consultant for ten plus years until Summer of 2017.

He was an Ohio University Alumni, and an avid Ohio State University Football and Basketball Fan. He also enjoyed the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and the Columbus Clippers. He loved playing euchre with his church friends as well with residents. He enjoyed completing the Columbus Dispatch Sunday Sudoku Puzzle and watching NCIS. He belonged to the Xenos Christians Fellowship.

Tom and Susan adopted Tara and Sara in November 1987 from Thailand. They never regretted adopting them and they were not their adopted children. They were their children, nothing less. Thanksgiving was always a special holiday for their entire family. Tom would share stories of how they adopted the girls who shared their life and accomplishments with anyone he met and showed them their photos. He was asked by many of his staff throughout the years what was his proudest accomplishments. He always responded, by adopting his daughters and watching them grow up into strong women, and becoming more independent every year.

Tom did not have any grandkids, though he is survived by several grand cats he loved, Lulu, Sadie, Ellie, and Cami. He insisted he didn’t like cats, though we have proof he loved them and he would be asked about each of them. He loved receiving photos of them. Rufus was Tom’s special boy even though he is Sara’s service dog. The last few weeks, Rufus would help Tom by picking up items for him and giving him gentle kisses on his hands. Tom would raise his bed higher for Rufus to tuck under whenever they came to visit then he would lower his bed down after his girls and Rufus left for the day. Tom was a strong advocate for Sara’s disability rights which he would inform his caregivers of the laws in regards to Service Animals and Service Animals etiquette.

Tom is survived by his loving and supportive twin daughters, Tara and Sara, of Columbus, OH; his late wife’s sister and brother-in-law; the Davis’ extended family, Connie and Roger Davis, of Marietta, OH; nieces, Carrie and Jason Lucas, of Bethesda, OH, and Dr. Erin Wells and T.J. Wells of Marietta, OH; great nieces and great nephew, Addison and Maryn Lucas, Evangeline Kelley and Samuel Wells; several of his late wife’s mother’s Martin side of the Family; as well as cousins and their children.

He was preceded in passing by his loving wife, Susan; loving in laws, Pauline Martin Seyler and Walter Albert Seyler; parents; and several of his animals throughout his life.

Special thank you to Dublin Methodist Hospital Staff and the DMH Palliative Care Team: Jill Yahner and Dr. Lookabaugh for their exceptional care for Tom and his daughters during his last hospitalization. Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Whetstone Assisted Living Staff and Bella Care Hospice for providing the best care. They treated Tom with the utmost respect and dignity until his death. Tom was happiest and relaxed the last few weeks of his outstanding life. Special acknowledgements to Tom’s friends and Xenos, Tara and Sara’s supportive friends, Sister’s Supper, colleagues, and RKR.

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  • Doug & Debbie Kullman says:

    Dear Sara & Tara,
    WOW! We are so sorry to learn of your wonderful Dad’s passing. One of the retired ODOT’s person from the Newark Office back in the day when your Dad and Doug first met in the early 70’s, this man sent Doug a message last night to tell him this. Doug saw your Dad a number of years ago at the Engineering Conference in Columbus and then told Doug about your Mom passing away. They loved you both very much. Doug will always remember your Dad doing his installation with the Masonic lodge when he was Master in the 80’s. Your Dad was high up in the Masonry and sorry that it wasn’t mentioned in his obituary but maybe that is the way he wanted it. Your Dad was like a shining light and always healthy hope he wasn’t ill long. The e-mail address is mine Doug has his own. WE are staying well, keep busy with our church things. Doug is the financial secretary and we are the coordinators of our food pantry through the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. We will be in our home that you were in almost 23 years in April. Having some remodeling done. Doug has had some health issues and doing well. I had some in 2015 but trying to keep well. Here is Doug’s cell phone number 740-403-1571 he texts and I don’t so would love to hear from you sometime. Please take care of each other. Your Mom and Dad were very proud of you both.

    Doug & Debbie Kullman

  • Matthew Dropco says:

    Prayers of love and strength to the Hedrick family & friends/Colleagues during this time. A wonderful memorial about your dad. Such a full and rich life, I’m sure he positively affected many during it.

    Matthew Dropco

  • Katie Burr says:

    Tara and Sara,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you both during this difficult time. It is wonderful that you have so many fond memories and stories of your Dad. He will always be with you. Sending prayers and Hugs!

    Katie Burr

  • Regina Briani-Burden says:

    Sara and Tara,
    I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he is a great man. I feel like I got to know him even though I never met him. You are in my mother and I’s prayers. He is now with my father at peace. Love you girls.

    Regina and Rosemarie Briani-Burden

  • Renee Emmerson says:

    To Tara and Sara,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and your family.

  • Shannon Riley says:

    My deepest condolences to both Sara & Tara as well as your family. Tom will be missed.

  • Barbara Hilmoe says:

    Dear Sara and Tara, so sorry for your loss. Wonderful tribute to your dad. You were so fortunate to have such great parents and to have each other. Prayers and Hugs for you both and Rufus and the cats that brought your dad so much joy.❤

  • nelson blue says:

    Tara and Sara,
    I extend my condolences. Your parents were wonderful people. They were active in the Sertoma/LaSertoma clubs at Utica when they were in the Newark area. Tom raised me to the degree of Master Mason in the masons in 1977.

    Nelson Blue

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