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Earl Dedrick

November 9, 1944 - July 25, 2017

U.S. Veteran


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Earl Richard Dedrick, born November 9, 1944, a resident of Thomasville, Georgia, passed away on July 25, 2017, at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center Hospice Unit in Lake City, Florida.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Lynda Joy Dedrick; his three daughters, Kimberly Dedrick, Lisa Hrenko and Lara Burke; four granddaughters, Brittany, Taylor, Skyler and Rachel; four grandsons, Ryan, Tommy, Daniel and Tristan; three great-granddaughters Caydence, Emmy and Harley; two brothers, Ronald and James Dedrick; sister Sheila Bogart; aunts Shirley Bodley, MaryEllen Ulbrand, and Brenda DeWitt; and cousin Carol Duclos.

He is predeceased by mother, Lillian Hartnett; father, Earl Oliver Dedrick; stepfather, James Hartnett; and his sisters Estelle Whispell and Patricia Fox.

Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, he was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967 with the Military Police.

An avid golfer, savvy casino slots man and lover of a good dirty joke, he envisioned himself as the man from Nantucket, but lived a simpler, extraordinary life of husband, father and friend to the fullest extent. His heroic getaway tale will live in infamy as his six simple words are recounted: “Don’t pay the ransom! I’ve escaped!”

His comical, warm and welcoming personality created an environment where friends often became extended family. He loved so many people and was never afraid to tell them so. He embodied compassion, love and patience to all that knew him.

The Dedrick family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire Veterans Affairs Organization, including primary and specialty care doctors and the 3 South Hospice team.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lake City VA Voluntary Services, “Hospice Donation,” at the VA Medical Center, 619 South Marion Avenue, Lake City, Florida 32025.


Let the warm glow of the setting sun kiss life’s hurts away.   –Anonymous

Arrangements are under the direction and care of ICS Cremation and Funeral Home. Please leave words of comfort for the family on our website: under obituaries.