John "Jack" L. Hedine, age 82, of Alexandria, died Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at Knute Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2011, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Rev. John Martinson officiating. Music will be provided by Kim Byrne. Full military honors will be observed at the church prior to burial at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. and conclude with the 7 p.m., Masonic service, Friday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Miltona. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
John "Jack" Lane Hedine was born October 11, 1929, to Einar and Emerald (Anderson) Hedine in Alexandria, Minnesota. He grew up in Alexandria, where he attended public school and graduated from Central High School in 1947. Following his education he attended Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter before going to the School of Horology in Denver, Colorado to study watch making. He returned home to work with his father at Hedine Jewelery until he was drafted into the Korean War in August of 1951. He was united in marriage to Charlotte Engebretson on November 17, 1951. Following their marriage, he returned to the U.S. Army serving as a radio repairman in Korea until his honorable discharge in July of 1953. Jack returned home and re-joined his father in the jewelry business. He and his wife raised three sons and were active in the community. They especially enjoyed supporting the local congregations by attending the various church dinners. Jack continued working as a jeweler with his father and eventually all three of his sons joined the family business. Jack and Charlotte enjoyed traveling, and were able to see the world, before her death on February 13, 2001. Jack continued working until 2008. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, American Legion Post #87, V.F.W. Post #936, Lions Club International, both Sunrise and Alexandria Lions, Alexandria Area Shrine Club and Order of the Eastern Star. He was a 50 year member of the Constellation Masonic Lodge #81, A.F. & A.M. He was a former member of the Alexandria Jaycees. In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons and camping with his family. He was passionate about dancing and enjoyed it until the time of his death. Blessed Be His Memory.
Jack is survived by his three sons, John Thomas (Janet) Hedine, Robert (Roxanne) Hedine and Paul Hedine all of Alexandria; special friend, Ovidia "Vid" Hegna of Alexandria; two brothers, Duane (Edna) Hedine of Walla Walla, Washington and Lea Hedine of Edina; two sisters, Janice (Bruce) Sundberg of Edina and Susan Gibbs of Denver, Colorado; six grandchildren, Spencer, Zach, Katie, Wyatt, Waylan and Johnny; two great-grandchildren, Riley and Brooklyn; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Charlotte; and grandson, Blake.
The urn bearer will be his granddaughter, Katie. Honorary urn bearers will be his remaining grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Masonic Lodge or Alexandria Area Shrine Club in Jack's memory.