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Earl D. Hedberg

July 31, 1932March 21, 2020

Earl D. Hedberg of Gurnee, IL, loving husband to Ruth and father of two daughters, passed away at age 87 on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Earl was born on July 31, 1932 in Stambaugh, MI to Martin and Edna (Nordstrom) Hedberg. He attended high school in Eagle River, WI, where he met Ruth Newell and they married on February 2, 1952. Earl attended Indiana Technical College and worked as a design engineer for a number of companies including Fansteel, Inc. and Station Eight before retiring in 1997. Earl and Ruth have two daughters, Laurie Fisher and Julia (Tim) Ellwanger. They have five grandchildren, Eric, Justin and Michelle Fisher, Matthew and Mark Ellwanger, and one great grandchild, Cooper Fisher. Surviving also are Earl’s sisters Beverly, Carol and Sharon.

Earl had a passion for fixing things. His love for machinery started at an early age when he was taught to drive and repair farm equipment. Earl could be found working on cars, fixing snowmobiles and fiddling in the garage. No project was too much for him to tackle. Earl was a kid at heart, and when he wasn’t trying to outdo his daughters doing handstands or acrobats, he loved to water ski, snow ski and snowmobile. Earl had a kind, quiet presence about him. He never complained and always put others before himself.

Earl was preceded in death by his father, Martin, his mother, Edna, and brother, Jim. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Earl’s memory to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800, Miami, FL 33131.


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Penny and Tom Shell

March 28, 2020

We had many good times with Ruth and Earl, catching movies and enjoying each other's company over dinners out. Working with him at Fansteel those many years ago remains a fond memory for Tom. Sharing his friendship was a delight for both of us. We extend our deepest sympathies to Ruth and his wonderful family. We know how much he was loved and how much he loved them. Now he can rest easy, whole and without pain, in the arms of God. Goodnight dear friend.

Bob Pripps

March 26, 2020

Earl and I were best buddies from when we were little kids. Most of my growing up and teen age adventures were with Earl. We lived together in Waukegan both before and after he and Ruth were married. Earl was Best Man when I married Janice, and I was his Best Man, too. When I got my pilot's licence, I took him up as my first passenger ( we were 17). Earl and I went on a 14-mile Boy Scout hike (where we both learned to smoke). Earl taught me ski jumping; sold me the skis, for a dollar and a half, as I remember. He helped me paint my '39 Plymouth - it looked like we had used a broom!

Chrissy(Christine) TreDenick

March 24, 2020

Mr. Hedberg was such a blessing in my life for so many years, wow 47 years. He had the kindest soul and smile!! He was a blessing to all who knew him. Heaven has gained an angel. We will see you again fully healed from that dark cloud. Blessings and love to the family.