Harry Sigurd Hedstrom
Harry Hedstrom passed away 4 days shy of 98. He was born on September 15, 1915 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Eric and Christine Hedstrom. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Barbara Welch Hedstrom, daughter Barbara " Bobby" Hedstrom Allen, grandson, Kristopher Allen, sisters, Margaret Heastrom Baker & Mary Ann Hedstrom Maser, nephews, Thomas Hedstrom & Tom Baker and close friend Laray Glaze.
Harry is survived by brother George Hedstrom and wife Loretta of Lincoln, Nebraska, granddaughters, Jennifer & Patricia Allen, nieces & nephews Cathleen Hedstrom Johnson, Christine & Jim Gorttsche, John Baker, Boyd Maser, Linda Maser & Robert Maser.
Harry served with the Army Air Corp with the 68th Fighter Squadron from 1940 - 1944. He is the author of " The Diary of Sgt. Harry Hedstrom" that is published, donated and on display at the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum. This diary is a daily log of events while serving 114 days on Guadacanal. Harry was a life member of VFW 6378 in Dickinson, Texas.
Harry was stationed in Baton Rouge, LA, where he met and married Barbara. In 1952 Harry and Barbara moved to Texas. Making their home in Texas City and having their only child Bobby in 1958. Harry was employed as an oil and chemical inspector at Charles Martin in Texas City from 1953 - 1977. Harry was a Deputy Constable for Galveston County and the Galveston County Sheriff's Marine Division.
Harry and Barbara moved to Dallas in 1985 to be close to their daughter Bobby and her famliy. Harry spent countless hours knitting hats for premature babies and delivering them to local hospitals. He was recognized in the Star-Telegram newspaper in 2004 after delivering his 1000th cap.
In 2011 Harry returned to Galveston County to spend his final years with his close friends Sharon, Stacey, Trey, Tammy, Haley, Maci Glaze and Larry McDaniel. The family and friends would like to give a special thanks to the VFW post 6378 members and friends along with Chuck Boyd for all of the help and support given to Harry.