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Neighbors Growing Together | May 25, 2017

Pedrick named Citizen of the Year

By Rusty Ebert, Ledger correspondent | Apr 28, 2017
Courtesy of: Rusty Ebert Bob Pedrick receives Citizen of the Year award from Keosauqua Chamber Executive Director Samantha Davolt April 21.

KEOSAUQUA – Bob Pedrick was honored by the Keosauqua Chamber as its citizen of the year, during its annual banquet April 21.

Pedrick and his wife, June,  own Pedrick Funeral Homes, of Douds and Keosauqua.

The Pedrick family is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of H.C. Pedrick and Sons, Inc., which has operated hardware and furniture stores, along with the funeral homes, over the past century.

Pedrick is a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Douds, and also the Masonic Lodge.

Speaking on behalf of Pedrick were Jon Finney and the Pedricks’ children, Kathleen Humble and Jim Pedrick.

They mentioned that Bob Pedrick’s commitment to his community is very important to him.

Finney’s first paying job was with H.C. Pedrick and Sons Hardware. Finney said Pedrick taught him four lessons in running a successful business.

“He expected 100 percent from his employees and he made it easy to give 100 percent because of his leadership. His second lesson was that you needed to be able to multi-task. While he was funeral director and ran the hardware store, he also drove the ambulance, fire truck and helped shingle. His third lesson at the hardware store was sell quality merchandise. And lastly, his fourth lesson was stand behind your product.”

Finney said Pedrick was instrumental in the formation of the Van Buren Development Corp., which became the Villages of Van Buren. Pedrick established the Pedrick addition in Douds, helped bring water to Douds and  assisted in the senior housing development.

Pedrick was also president of the State Funeral Director’s Association.

Pedrick joined the Rotary Club and served two terms as its president.

Pedrick is also a Korean War era veteran.

“He has been the most influential person in my life. Bob has dedicated his life to  community service. We need more Bob Pedricks,” Finney said.

Kathleen Humble said all daughters are proud of their dads and she is no exception.

Humble said her father spent much of his life giving back to his community.

At one time, she said, he ran the ambulance service, and had interesting stories about that experience. At that time, it was not unusual for a funeral home to also handle ambulance duties, so the hearse also doubled as the ambulance.

“Dad always felt that community involvement was essential,” Humble added.

“Like the Gospel of Matthew says,  to much has been given, much is required.”

Jim Pedrick also said that his father’s commitment to the community was important to him.

“Dad’s motto was, if a person could live a reasonable long life and see his grandkids, that’s a good life,” he added.

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