Wesley Edward Hedges

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April 10, 1936 - April 16, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Wesley Edward Hedges of Saint Charles, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the age of 83. Beloved husband of the late Sally Hedges; cherished son of the late Mildred and Ernest Hedges; devoted father of Cynthia (David) Greising, Lynda (Robert) Molina, and Leslie (Doug Farrington) Hedges; loving grandfather of Wesley, Greta, and Claire Greising; Ann and Jacqueline Molina; Courtney (Eric) Crider; and Brannon, Jr, Charles, and Trent Champagne; and uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

Wesley is also preceded in death by his daughter, Stacy (Brannon) Champagne, and his sister, Nancy (Roy) Kohrs.

Wes was a 1954 graduate of St. Charles High School, where he was a three-sport standout athlete. He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., on an academic and athletic scholarship, played varsity basketball and baseball, and graduated in 1958. At Jewell, he met his wife, Sally, and they were married for more than 56 years, until her death in 2015. During his junior year of college, Wes played minor league baseball for the Chicago Cubs organization and was a teammate and friend of Hall of Famer Billy Williams.

After college, Wes became a partner in Hedges & Hafer supermarkets, a business founded by his father, Ernie, and Charlie Hafer. Wes served as president and led expansion of the business. A strong presence in the St. Charles community as a business leader and volunteer, he served on the boards of local banks and was involved in many civic organizations, including Rotary Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles. He coached many St. Charles girls’ softball teams and was a member of the St. Charles County Amateur Sports Hall of Fame.

Wes also was a longtime, active member of the First United Methodist Church. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, including nine grandchildren, and attending their sporting events and other activities. His humor and big personality will be missed by many.

Memorial contributions may be made in Wesley’s name to the First United Methodist Church of St. Charles.

 

Guestbook Entries

  1. Linda Hopkins April 17, 2019 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Don and Linda Hopkins (Plano,Tx)

  2. Pamela Hagan Withrow April 18, 2019 at 6:00 am - Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May God’s presence bring you peace. Love and sympathy to all of you..

  3. Scott Sanders April 18, 2019 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Heavy heart with this news. To the whole Hedges family, sorry for your loss. Wes was such a big and great part of the community.

    S Sanders

    • Lynda Molina April 19, 2019 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Thank you, Scott. We truly appreciate your kind words about Dad. -Lynda

  4. TIna Dreher (Justus) April 18, 2019 at 6:48 am - Reply

    My condolences to the Hedges family.

  5. Harold and Nita Pearl April 18, 2019 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Sorry to see Wes passed away. He and Sally were the nicest people. Condolences to the family.

  6. Hazel Kinnevan April 18, 2019 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I remember Wesley very well as well as Sally as newly wed neighbors. Fond memories of the family. His grandson played on same baseball team as my grandson. As his late daughter attended school and was friend to my son Scott. May he Rest In Peace.

  7. Wally and Dot Kolkmeier April 18, 2019 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear of Wes’s passing . Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hedges family

  8. Wally and Dot Kolkmeier April 18, 2019 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear of Wes’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hedges family

  9. Dee April 19, 2019 at 7:25 am - Reply

    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I offer my condolences to you and your family. Please take comfort in God’s promises in his word the Bible. He assures us that, ‘he will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

  10. Bill Kingsbury April 19, 2019 at 7:41 am - Reply

    candle 5Sorry to hear of this loss. My heart and prayers go out to his family.

  11. MaryBeth (Kingsbury) Schwagel April 19, 2019 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Love to the whole family.

  12. Grant Scharnhorst April 19, 2019 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear of passing of Wes. I played with and against him on baseball, basketball and softball teams. A great athlete and better gentleman. A true friend and I will miss him. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  13. Carter Freeman April 19, 2019 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Sorry my first message got lost I always admired Wesin high school and will misshim greatly. The one thing you always have is your memories I cherish them and remember them each day and It will help you get through this sad time as i I know I’m going through the same thing but your all you was his family or you know you had a super good dad And husband and grandpa cherish the memories which ate there at a moments notice God bless you all God bless Wes

  14. Game Fridley April 21, 2019 at 9:55 am - Reply

    So sad to hear😢
    Wes and I played baseball in the East Mo League together . Wes and I were invited to play in the evening with St. Paul team.
    We were both left handers. ⚾️
    We both played 1st base……….
    I loved Wes and his father Ernie🙏

    • Lynda Hedges Molina April 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      Thank you for sharing that great memory. We truly appreciate it. We loved watching him play ball, and he had so many great sports stories!

  15. Mary Beth April 22, 2019 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Our family will sure miss seeing Wes at all the games – he passed on his love and skill for sports on to his kids and grandchildren and always had a smile and kind word for all. We are so sorry for your loss but know he is in heaven!
    Tom and Mary Beth Booker and family

  16. Sara (Hafer) Hagemeyer April 22, 2019 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  17. Nina Hanslick April 22, 2019 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I have enjoyed a friendship with Wes since 7th grade. Otto and I have enjoyed social activities with Sally and Wes. Our sympathy to his family.

  18. Gene and Doris Usery April 22, 2019 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed playing golf with him and watching St. Charles Basketball. It was absolutely a perfect gentleman and just a great guy.

  19. Sally Walker Serfas April 23, 2019 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    While my heart breaks for you girls, today’s service was just lovely. The idea of “high 5s as he was ‘rounding home” brought joy knowing he is in heaven with your Mom and Sister. Sharon’s contribution on piano and organ brought me to tears , as did the Pastor’s message. Your Dad was a great part of St. Charles, and he and your Mom gave me a best friend. I am thankful for having grown up with you Hedges in my life. I am a better person having known you all. ❤️

  20. Sally Walker Serfas April 23, 2019 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    While my heart breaks for you girls, today’s service was just lovely. The idea of “high 5s as he was ‘rounding home” brought joy knowing he is in heaven with your Mom and Sister. Sharon’s contribution on piano and organ brought me to tears , as did the Pastor’s message. Your Dad was a great part of St. Charles, and he and your Mom gave me a best friend. I am thankful for having grown up with you Hedges in my life. I am a better person having known you all. ❤️

  21. Geraldine A Jacobs April 23, 2019 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Sorry I missed visiting Baue and son Tom reminded me today about Wes’ passing. Wes and Sally were one of the first people I met 60+ years ago when Jake and I married and I became a Hedges and Hafer shopper. Often ran into Sally at Standard Drug and caught up on news on our married daughters Jenny and Cindy. So many memories are packed into those 60 years. Please accept my deepest condolences. Gerry Jacobs (Mrs. Claude “Jake” Jacobs)

  22. Dennis Hahn May 22, 2019 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Dear Hedges family – I was unable to attend the visitation and funeral for Wes. My deepest sympathy to all the family. I was employed by Hedges and Hafer Supermarket during my high school years, during Christmas breaks from college, and part-time during the two years I dropped out of college. Wes, Ernie, Jerry and Charlie Hafer were great people to work for; and were very kind to me. I have always appreciated the Hedges and Hafer families. When I decided to run for the City of St. Charles School Board, Wes was one of the first to support me – both with finances and getting the word out to his friends and associates. He will be missed. Again, my deepest sympathy to the family.

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