Gary “Crow” Hedinger

A private memorial service for Gary “Crow” Hedinger, 49, was held on Monday, March 9, 2009, at the Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Crow was born on Sept. 17, 1959, to Wilma Mae Taylor and Melvin Joseph Hedinger, in San Jose, Calif.

He lived in Jeromesville, Ohio, for most of his youth. He ran track in school, was a thespian and graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1978.

Crow attended Brazosport Junior College, where he majored in the arts. He performed in several plays. He was gifted enough to have received the coveted Banana award. He also performed in several plays with the Community Theater in Huntsville, Texas and in Brazosport, Texas.

He lived in and around Huntsville for several years. There, he started his own landscaping business, “Pro Crow.”

In 1989 he married his first wife, Eva, they were married for a few years before divorcing.

In 1999 he moved to Pagosa Springs, with his littlest sister, Mercy Weber. Here in Pagosa, he and his brother, Steven Hedinger, started their own business building rustic furniture out of old lumber. However, we believe he gave away more than he sold, as that was his nature.

Crow was well known in the community. He ran for mayor of Pagosa Springs. Even though he did not beat his opponent, he said that he had a great time campaigning and that he really learned a lot from the experience.

Crow enjoyed spending time with all of his friends and family. He enjoyed gardening and could grow just about anything. He played the guitar, loved to sing, and had recently gotten into taking lots of pictures — thanks to his best friend, Mike Weed. He loved nature and everything in it. He saw the potential in everyone and every living thing.

Crow was conservative, independent, passionate about life and very spiritual. He was known by some as a “healer.” He was known by those closest to him as a comical character; he could make you laugh no matter what the situation.

Crow always put his compassion into action.

He was loved deeply and will be missed greatly. A part of him will live on in all the lives that he touched.

He was preceded by his stepsister, Brenda Lee Hedinger; his brothers, Steven Hedinger and Carlos Weber; and his beloved dog, Wooley Bear.

He is survived by his mother, Wilma (Charles Howard) Weber of Hilham, Tenn.; his father, Melvin (Betty Jane) Hedinger of Moorsville, Ind.; his brothers, Michael (Kimberly) Schweyer of Jeromesville, Ohio, John Michael Weber of Conroe, Texas; his sisters, Melinda (Lon) Richards of Avon, Ind., Cathy (Terry) Boling of Elizabethtown, Ken., Mercy Weber of Oscela, Wis., Monica (Marc) of Casper, Wyo.; his nieces, Jennifer Pryor of Nashville, Tenn., Brittney Richards of Danville, Ind., Tara and Melissa Schweyer of Jeromesville, Ohio, Stacey Czap of Indianapolis, Ind., Alyssa Moore of Casper, Wyo.; his nephews, Mark Tony Sharp of Colorado Springs, Christopher, Joshua and Brandon Moore of Casper, Wyo.; many personal friends and lots of extended family members.

The community members of Pagosa Springs will hold a celebration in his honor. Details will be announced in The Pagosa Springs SUN in the near future.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Community United Methodist Church/Community Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 300, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

Arrangements were handled by loving family and friends.