Paul Alan Hedstrom, age 69, of Grafton, New Hampshire passed away on June 22, 2014 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. Paul was born March 27, 1945 in Chicago IL, , the son of Vern J. Hedstrom and Vera Erickson Hedstrom. The family moved to Wheaton in 1951. He graduated from Wheaton Community High School in 1963 and the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana in 1968 with a degree in Architecture. He was employed by the state of New Hampshire as an architect until he retired, and he was licensed for architecture in four states. His private work includes churches and theaters in the New England area. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jodie and his parents. He is survived by his five children: Christine (Gary) McNickle of Martinsville IN, Jai (Rachel) Hedstrom of Grafton NH, Sara (Ben) Pinnell of Knoxville TN, Laura (Jonathan) Bicknell of Dover, NH and David (Jodi) Hedstrom of Candia, NH. He was a loving grandfather to Chelsea (Jai), Jode, Polly, Owen (Laura), Maya, Ava, Lucy (David), Erin (Christine) and Henry (Sara) and guardian to many foster children, including Diane Mitchell, Don Kent and his sister Arlene, and Doris. Also surviving are brothers Jim of Nashville TN and John of Wheaton, IL, sister Joan Dye also of Wheaton, Il, and brother-in-law Bob Asselin of Grafton, NH. Paul Hedstrom loved adventure, meeting people and exploring new places. In dedicated and joyful service to God, Paul made his home and table open to missionaries and people in need, volunteered in many capacities at church and at nursing homes. Paul especially enjoyed helping Bob Asselin with Listen Community dinners and reading to the elderly. He was constantly searching for new ways to enrich the lives of those around him. Paul loved gardening, boulder rolling, mountain climbing, playing the drums, playing almost any indoor or outdoor game of skill and listening to all kinds of music. He was an avid reader of War History and books by C.S.Lewis, and he was addicted to the board game Axis and Allies. He excelled at carpentry and landscaping and played a particularly mean game of Hearts. His love of nature was apparent in his gardens and artwork, and his enjoyment and love of the outdoors is shared by all of his five children.
A few of his favorite sayings include (on Father’s Day) “Every day is Father’s Day!” and “Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.” A memorial service will be held on Labor Day weekend 2014. Details will be forthcoming and posted at the Ricker Funeral Home. Comments and condolences may be sent to Ricker Funeral Home at 56 School Street, P.O. Box 549, Lebanon, NH 03766 (603) 448-1568.