Thomas W. Hedrick, age 63, died Sunday, August 25, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born March 11, 1950 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to the late Walter N. and Lois Hedrick, Tom lived most of his life in Sikeston, graduating from Sikeston Senior High in 1968. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri in 1972 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1974.
Tom stayed active in his field of engineering, studying to become a Registered Professional Engineer in both Missouri and Colorado. He was named Young Engineer of the Year in 1982 by the Southeast Chapter of Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and served as their president from 1982-1983. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Chi Epsilon Engineering Fraternity and IEEE. He also contributed articles on his field to numerous industry publications and holds seven US patents for civil engineering and logistical processes. He was employed by Penta Engineering in St. Louis where he was the recipient of the Charles M. Ruprecht Excellence in Business Acumen Award in 2012.
Tom was also very active in his community. He was currently serving his second term as a member of the Sikeston City Council, was an original member of the Veterans' Park Committee, served as past president of the Sikeston Rotary Club and was named to the Sikeston Public Schools Honor Wall.
In 1975 he married Donna Stanovsky who survives of the home. Other survivors are: daughter Erynn (Will) Hassinger and two granddaughters, Quinn Hedrick and Reese Thomas Hassinger of Birmingham, Alabama; his son Andrew (Betsy) Hedrick of Silver Spring, Maryland; mother-and-father-in-law Otto and RoseMarie Stanovsky of St. Louis, brother-and-sister-in-law Denis and Nancy Stanovsky of St. Louis and their daughters, Kelly, Nicole, and Lauren; two sisters, Suzanne Hedrick of Kansas City, Missouri and Janet (Jim) Hunter of Ozark, Missouri.
Visitation will be held in the chapel at First United Methodist Church in Sikeston on Tuesday, August 27 beginning at 11am until time of service at 1pm. Private burial will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Sikeston Rotary Club
P.O. Box 311
Sikeston, MO 63801