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Paul Hedrick

Paul E. "Corky" Hedrick Jr.

Monday, June 12th, 1933 - Monday, April 12th, 2021
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Corky Hedrick rode into heaven on April 12, 2021. We know he is truly in heaven since he will be reuniting with family & friends, riding horses, playing cards and telling stories. Born June 12, 1933 in Billings, MT to Paul and Georgiana (Cernlovich) Hedrick. He was raised on Willow Grove Dairy by the Yellowstone River in Billings until his Dad bought a Ranch on the Stockade in 1945. His Mom died when he was four and the Roy Bromenshenk Family moved in with them to help raise Corky and his two sisters.

He attended school at Orchard, Garfield and Lincoln Jr High, then Billings Senior. Graduating from Absarokee in 1953. Corky had a football scholarship to play for MSU ~ Bozeman until a horse wreck crushed his ankle

In 1951 they had moved to the Stoney Lonesome Ranch in Stockade country to work the ranch with his Dad, where Corky ranched until his death. He was one of the last true Cowboys.

He married Clarice Arthun June 7, 1953. Together they were blessed with four children: Josh Hedrick, Georgi (Scott) Hamel, Debra (Mike) Farnsworth and Ronis (Scot) Yanzick.

He is survived by his wife Clarice of 68 years, his 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren. His sister Shirley Blakely, 2 nephews, 5 nieces and an entire community of friends that Dad always considered his extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Lee Wilson, sister Phylis Shaver and sister-in-law Joyce Arthun.

The family would like to Thank the terrific Absarokee Ambulance Crew, the great Staff at the Stillwater Billings Hospital and the very caring and loving Ladies of Shipp’s Assisted Living. You all made Corky’s last few weeks blessed by your gentle smiles and kind hearts. God Bless you all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Absarokee Ambulance or Fire Department.
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    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 11:00am
    Absarokee High School
    327 S Woodard Ave
    ABSAROKEE, MT 59001
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    Scott Arthun


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Heather Wilson and family

Posted at 10:25am
We were so sad to hear of Corky's passing. Your family was a blessing to ours every time we ventured out to visit from IL. Praying comfort to y'all.
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Walt Morris

Posted at 10:29am
It created a heavy heart when I heard Corky had passed. Its been years since I've had the pleasure of sharing time with Corky & Clarice. Their door and hearts were always open where their warmth, kindness and wonderful friendship always flowed freely. Corky enjoyed hearing stories as much as sharing his adventures. He told his in a way that made you feel like you were there too. He could make you laugh with just a look. The void he leaves is enormous and will be felt by his family and anyone who knew him because was a caring & special person. I pray Clarice & the family are blessed with extra comfort & strength during these times. R.I.P. & Happy Trails To You Corky. Hugs & Love always. Walt & Debra M.

Robert Brooks

Posted at 02:43pm
This man was a true American cowboy. I will always remember the countless nights spent at his house as my parents played cards all night. Never a dull moment. He will be missed deeply. Lots of love from the Brooks family. Hats off to Corky. Hope he gets to ride the endless skys

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Posted at 07:51pm
A tree of life to celebrate a well-lived life. With love from George and Marilyn
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Dicksie Parker

Posted at 04:30pm
Don’t have any photos to add but sure love to listen to him tell stories. Such a genuine kind loving man. Never saw him without a smile. Corky was loved by many and will be missed by us all.
Prayers to the family for healing. So sorry for your loss.

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