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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