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Brother Hedges passed away September 7 after a long illness. He was 78 last May (1990). Ed is survived by his wife Blanche, whom he married almost 57 years ago; his daughter Betty Kluver; two brothers — Russell, of Clinton, Indiana, and Rex, Columbia, Georgia; a sister, Helen Gosnell, Clinton; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His son, Eddie, died in 1962.

Ed and his family moved to Denver from their native Indiana in 1947 and immediately began meeting with a group of disciples who had rented space in a downtown bilding a few months earlier. In 1948 the congregation purchased lots at 13th and Iola in Aurora, where it met until moving to South Fulton Street in 1981. Ed was a deacon and then an elder, serving in the latter capacity for more than 22 years until resigning in 1989. A Christian since 1929, he was a man of steadfast faith, strong convictions and persistent service on behalf of the church.

Brother Hedges spent most of his working career as a carpenter and cabinet maker and was known for his excellent work. His craftsmanship with automobiles was also impressive; during his mid-70s he restored a 1950s-vintage automobile, and he was restoring another when illness struck. Robert Lee spoke at the memorial service, which was attended by a large number of friends and fellow disciples. Ed’s body was laid to rest in an Aurora cemetery. He will be sorely missed and long remembered by a great number of people who knew and loved him.

–From a Gospel Tidings report, October 1990.

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