Hedin, Harry David

Male 1928 - 2013  (84 years)

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  • Name Hedin, Harry David  [1
    Born 13 Sep 1928  Grand Forks, North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Aug 2013  At the Gables in Blackfoot, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I31056  Ronneberg Family
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2017 

    Father Hedin, Harry,   b. 1890,   d. 1952  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Pederson, Sophie Louise,   b. 1887,   d. 1940  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 1923 
    Family ID F21623  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family McCarrel, Vivian Othea,   b. 1933,   d. Abt 2012  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 17 Mar 1955  Elko, Nevada, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Hedin, Kim
     2. Hedin, Kara
     3. Hedin, Karla
     4. Hedin, Kasia (Kaisa)
    Family ID F21628  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Obituary of Harry David Hedin -- September 13, 1928 -- August 6, 2013

      Harry David Hedin, 84, of Blackfoot, Idaho, departed for the enternal patrol Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at the Gables in Blackfoot. Harry was born September 13, 1928, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the youngest child of Harry Hedin and Sophie Lousie Peterson. His childhood was spent playing hockey on the frozen Minnesota ponds, helping his father with his veterinarian duties, and getting into mischief with the neighborhood boys. He joined the US Navy in 1943 by order of the local sheriff. He wuld serve on submarines in the Navy for 21 years. His most notable service was aboard the USS Nautilus when it made its historic voyage under the North Pole in 1958. The Nautilus was the first nuclear submarine to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocen by way of the North Pole. For this mission, all crewmembers recieved the Presidential Unit Citation, the first ever awarded during peace time. Other submarines he served on were: Chub, Trumpetfish, Chopper, Sablefish, and the Thomas A.. Edison. Upon retiring from the Navy, Harry spent a brief year in Dillon, Montana, before settling in Moreland, Idaho. He worked at the Site (INL) as a mehanic until his retirement. In Moreland, he owned a small farm where he raised mostly sheep, cows, and horses and continued to work his farm until he was 83 years old. While stationed at the AEC for nuclear training, he met and married Vivian Othea McCarrel on March 17, 1955, in Elko, Nevada. Together they had four children: Kim, Kara, Karla, and Kasia. Harry loved to plan and prepare for the yearly pack trip to hunt elk and deer. He didn’t miss a hunting season for over 20 years; every year accompanied by his son, various friends or relatives, and his one-eyed horse named Blue. He was a master at telling a story and loved to entertain family, colleagues, former shipmates and anyone else who would listen, to his stories. He frequently attended reunions for Nautilus alumni, and he and his wife Vee plannned and orchestrated a Nautius reunion held in Idaho falls in 1996 so the former crew members could once again tour the trainng facility on the Arco desert. He loved to read and learn about history and military operations. Thouogh Harry was a member of the Lutheran Church, he seldom attended but made it clear he couldn’t get on a submarine without faith in God and the power of prayer. He is survived by a son, Kim (Beverly) Hedin of Hailey, Idaho, daughters, Kary (Terry) Bjarnson of Idaho Falls, Karia (Quinn) Twiggs of Blackfoot: one sister, Helen Foughty of Devils Lake, ND, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Harry is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Vivian, and infant daughter, Kasia, an infant granddaughter Kami, a sister Erma Olson, and his parents. The family will meet with friends Sunday evening, August 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hawker Funeral home and also one hour prior to the funeral service. Services will be conducted Monday, August 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Hawker Funeral Home with full military rites performed at the Thomas Cemetery. The family once again sends a thank you to Carol Wise and the staff at the Gables along with Home Health and Hospice for the dignified way they cared for our father.

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