Gordon Burnett Hedden, aged 88 of Pembroke Pines, FL, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 at his residence. Gordon was born on April 27, 1930, in Trivoli, Illinois to Benjamin E. and Dottie P. (Catlett) Hedden. A resident of South Florida since 1958, Gordon was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a retired electrical contractor with IBEW union, Local 728.
He is survived by his sons Michael Burnett (Kimberly) Hedden and Douglas Lee Hedden, both of Pembroke Pines, FL; his brothers Carroll E. Hedden of Mt. Sterling, IL and Dorwin W. Hedden of Smithfield, IL; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Virginia Lee (Anderson) Hedden; parents and two brothers, Robert D. Hedden and Benjamin E. Hedden, Jr.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 3:00 - 4:00p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 4:00p.m. with military honors, at Fred Hunters Hollywood Memorial Gardens Home, 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood FL 33024.
"God saw that Dad was getting tired. A cure was not to be. So he put his arms around him and whispered " Come with Me ". With tearful eyes we watched him suffer, and saw him fade away. Although we loved him dearly. We could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us . He only takes " THE BEST ". Love you always and forever; Your Loving Son Mike"
"Heaven has received another angel.? The last couple months I have been blessed with some much needed quality time with you, grandpa. One thing I must say is.. when I saw you, I knew I could always count on your great sense of humor, recognizable laugh, and funny jokes. You were always teaching me something and I appreciate that! Your love for dogs fulfills me! You were sharp as a tack and had a wonderful spirit! ! I will miss you dearly, Grandpa! Till we meet again! Your youngest grandchild, LOLO "
"Our Grandpa was an amazing person and I will never forget everything you taught me. I looked up to him as a mentor and a hero. He was truly an inspiration to all of us. I will never forget all the amazing times we had as a family. You will never be forgotten and always in our hearts. Love you! Jason."
"The epitome of a hard worker and a true inspiration to us all. If I turn out half the man I would truly greatful . Never forgotten and always in my heart. Till we meet again grandpa, Love you forever! Sean "
"Our Grandpa kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
He planted all the good things,
that gave our lives their start.
He turned us to the sunshine,
And encouraged us to dream;
Fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem.
And then the winds and rain came,
He protected us enough;
But not too much because he knew we would stand up strong and tough.
His constant good example,
Always taught us right from wrong;
Markers for our pathway that will last a lifetime long.
We are our Grandpa?s garden;
We are his legacy.
Thank you Grandpa, we love you to the moon and back and will miss you forever?? Your grandchildren Kristin, Jason, Sean and Lauren "
"Mike and Doug,
I hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all of us who knew your dad. He was a wonderful man who was a second father to me. I have many fond memories of our work crew experiences--I am forever grateful to him for providing me with that opportunity. Through his example, he fortified my respect for others and accountability for my actions. He will indeed be sorely missed.