Ralph “Bud” P. Hedges

October 08, 1928 ‒ February 17, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Ralph “Bud” P. Hedges, age 88, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 8, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio the son of Ralph G. and Aglae (Purre) Hedges. Bud served in the United States Army.

In 1948, he started as a sweeper at Cooper Bessemer and worked his way to machinist. In 1974, Bud hired on with American National Can as a supervisor where he retired in 1991. He enjoyed the outdoors and mowing his own lawn even up to last summer. He also liked to supply friends, family and neighbors with tomatoes from his garden. Bud took great pride in the Trumpet tree that he grew inside his home.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Franz of Mount Vernon, daughter-in-law, Cathy Hedges of Mount Vernon; four grandchildren, Aaron (Angie) Hedges, Anggie (Dave) Khalil, Zachary (Jessica R.) Franz and Jessica M. Franz; eight great grandchildren, Jordan Perry, Hannah Zolman, Amaya Khalil, Bishop Khalil, Tyler Basler, Kaleb Franz, Zoe Franz and Quade Franz; a great great grandson, Noah Perry, numerous nieces and nephews and his best friend, Fred Cornet.

Besides his parents Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Hedges, a son, Thomas Hedges, son-in-law, Ray Michael Franz, a brother, George Hedges and a sister, Adele Gamble.

A graveside service with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. Rev. Denise Marikis will be officiating.

Memorial contributions in Bud’s name may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 or the James Cancer Hospital, 460 W. 10th, Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43210.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Ralph “Bud” P. Hedges.


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  • Dear Sharon & Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    I know words can’t ease the pain at this point but know you are in my thoughts & prayers.
    God Bless, Jan & Tom Fowler

  • Anggie and Dave and your Family,
    Tom and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Grandfather. Our hearts heart for you.
    Please let us know if you need us to watch and feed the babies for you.
    Bless you,
    Tom and Kathy Gault

  • Dear Sharon –
    I share in your loss, sorrow and grieving – but I know your faith in our Heavenly Father will sustain you and comfort you. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

  • Dear Sharon and Kathy and families, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to all of you.

  • Dear Mrs. Franz and family

    I was in the same class in school with your Father. He was liked by everyone. We played on the same intramural basketball team. He was much better than I. We graduated together in 1947. Later we both worked for American National Can where again he was well liked and respected. I needn’t tell you, your Father was one great guy and will be missed. May God bless you and the family.

    Oren Freshour
    An old friend.

  • I have good memories of “Bud”as we worked together at Cooper-Bessemer and played card at each others house.You could not find a better person as he was a GREAT PERRSON.He will be missed,God bless t his family.

  • Deaar Sharon and family
    Sorry to leaarn of your fathers passing, You are in our thoughts and prayeers.

  • Dear Anggie & family,
    I am so sorry to hear the loss of your Grandfather, may God grant you comfort during this time of bereavement and know that others are thinking about you .
    Sincerely and Best Regards,

    Natalie Lupi
    MEORC Executive Director

  • Dear Family of Bud Hedges,

    I am sorry for the loss of your family’s patriarch.

    I had the pleasure of sharing a couple of meals with Bud this past month and found him a delight! It was very interesting to hear his memories of living and working in Mount Vernon. Even in his sickness, Bud was cheerful and never complained.

    My prayers are with you all!

    Rebecca Wilson
    Hospice Volunteer