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Elgie Gordon Bedford, 81, of Wasilla, Alaska, was detoured onto a new road that led to life eternal on September 30, 2013 while traveling through Montana to Paris, Texas for his annual winter stay. Starrett Funeral Home will conduct a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. Saturday October 12, 2013 at the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial in Paris, with full military honors by the United State Air Force.
Friends may greet the family for one hour prior to the service.
A great husband, father and friend, Elgie was a proud American and Veteran. Born May 31, 1932 in Atlanta, Georgia to Albert and Lilly Lillian Bedford, he entered the U.S. Air Force, where he found his place in a career well suited to his character and patriotism. He retired as a Master Sergeant after over twenty years of service to his country. Elgie had many interests, among which were flying, traveling, talking politics, and reading. He was a lifelong learner, and had a love of fixing things, with a unique ability to repair most anything that might be broken around his household. He was known for his storytelling, which came from his career, reading, and life experiences. Whether the teller or listener received the most joy was difficult to determine. His fondest times, however, were those hours spent in the company of those he loved, namely, his family, in whom he instilled his values and love of God and Country.
Two brothers found the highway to eternity before Elgie made the journey, Robert Bedford and Daniel Bedford.
Those left here to await their eternal reunion include his wife of seven years, Carol Bedford, of Wasilla, Alaska; his children, Patricia Skidmore and husband Randy, Kenneth Bedford and wife Cheri, Wesley Bedford, Wanda Moore and Kelly Johnson, Dennis and Angela Bedford, all of Texas, and Vernon Bedford and wife Kenda, of Colorado; his loving grandchildren, Bobby Gregg, April Gregg, Bradley Bedford, Jacob Bedford, Micah Bedford, Chris Bedford, Benjamin Bedford, Elizabeth Hennesse, Christine Blakestee, Phillip Bedford, Jonathan Martin, Amanda Davis, Caleb Moore, Jennifer Bridgers, Joshua Bedford, Beverly Bridgers, James Bedford and Caleb Donnelan; numerous great-grandchildren; his siblings Beatrice Maddox, Herman Bedford, and Leon Bedford, all of Georgia; and his extended family of many nieces, nephews, and friends.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial, 1025 S. Collegiate, Paris, TX 75460 www.rrvvm.com , or to the Wounded Warrior Project National Processing Center at P.O. Box 758541 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8541.
Friends may register in Elgie’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com