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C.N. 'Saul' Hedstrom

C.N. "Saul" Hedstrom, 79, of Mason City died Friday (July 11, 2003) at 1 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was cremated.

Visitation was on Tuesday at Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City.

Burial of ashes was Wednesday morning in Mason City Cemetery, with a service conducted by the Rev. Randy Paine. American Legion Jackson Keen Post 496 provided military rites.

Mr. Hedstrom was a design engineer for Caterpillar Tractor in Mossville. He retired after 27 years with the company.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Chicago to Per Olaf and Amelia Johnson Hedstrom. He married Amy Housworth on June 20, 1953, at the Mason City United Presbyterian Church.

Survivors are his wife; one son, Josh Hedstrom of Mason City; and two sisters, Viola Cedarleaf of Libertyville and Dorothy Hadley of Spokane, Wash.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

He was a member Mason City United Presbyterian Church and a past deacon of the church. He was a 50-year member and former exalted ruler of Lincoln Elks BPOE 914 and a member of the American Legion Jackson Keen Post 496 in Mason City. He was a former Mason City councilman and had served on the Mason City school board.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Smithsonian Institution -- Contributional membership, P.O. Box 9016, Pittsfield, MA 01202-9016; or U of I Alumni Association Services, 227 Illini Union, 1401 Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.


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