Hedlund, William Richard "Dick" Age 80, of St. Charles, formerly and most proudly from West Aurora, peacefully passed away at his home following a short but fierce battle with pancreatic cancer Tuesday, October 22, 2013. He stared down the cancer as only a Marine could. It broke his body but never his spirit and one of his favorite sayings "Once a jar head, always a jar head" echos as his legacy. He is survived by three sons, Joe (Megan) Hedlund and their son Viktor Stanley, Jim (Cori) Hedlund and their daughter Emma Grace and Jaret (Amy) Hedlund and his sons, Noah Thomas and John Richard; three siblings, Sally Keup, Herman (Kathy) Kussro and Mike (Cathy) Kussro; many nieces and nephews and a brotherhood of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kitty; one son, John Patrick and one brother, Walter. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral to celebrate his life and faith will be Saturday, October 26, at 10:30 a.m., also at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Geneva, IL. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit Dick's favorite charities. Checks may be made to the "W. Richard Hedlund Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com where you can also find his full life story.
Published in Courier News on Oct. 24, 2013