AKRON, Iowa — Eric Hedeby, 93, Akron, Iowa, died March 14, 2017, at Richmont Terrace Assisted Living, Bellevue.
Visitation and a Prayer Service were March 17 all at Rexwinkel-Schroeder Funeral Home, Akron, and resumed until service time on Saturday at the church.
Funeral services were March 18 at Union Creek Lutheran Church, rural Akron, Iowa. Rev. Carla Nelson officiated.
Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Eric Ulf Hedeby was born Oct. 22, 1923, in Mjölby, Sweden, the son of Ernst “Rickard” and Greta (Danckwardt-Lillieström) Hedeby. He attended school in Mjölby, where he graduated from high school. He attended college and graduated from Bjärka Säby Agricultural College. He served in the Swedish Army for two years. Following his graduation, he worked as a field technician for Byggförbättring Manufacturing, Stockholm. In 1949, he spent six months in Iceland before moving to New York with the company. In 1954, he took the railroad to Akron, Iowa, to help build the elevator in Akron. He met Joann Ericson in August of that year and they got married Jan. 8, 1955, at Union Creek Lutheran Church. Following their marriage, they traveled for Eric’s work to Peru, Chile, Venezuela and Cuba, until they had children. He was very proud of his fluency in Spanish and his ability to speak it without a Swedish accent. Eric continued with the company through several name changes until it became Scanada. He retired in 2012 as a field engineer.
He was a member of Union Creek Lutheran Church. Through the years, he enjoyed traveling and riding his bicycle. He also enjoyed being outdoors and feeding the birds.
Survivors include his wife of over 62 years, Joann, Akron, Iowa; his children, Erica (Don) Diediker, Laurel; Greta Carolus, Loveland, Colo.; Rickard (Monica) Hedeby, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Ingrid Berlin (special friend, Bill Perry), Omaha; his grandchildren, Aaron (Heidi) Diediker and their children, Courtlynn, Emmelyn and Briggs; Andrew (Hannah) Diediker and their daughter, Reagan; Arik Diediker, Tanner Carolus, Bryan Carolus, Jordan Hedeby, Joshua Hedeby, Jacob Hedeby, Jessie Hedeby, Alec Berlin and Max Berlin; his sister, Gunilla Larsson, Gotland, Sweden; his sister-in-law, Audrey Ericson, Akron, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Stig Hedeby and Per-Åke Hedeby; his sister, Britta Berndtsson; his brother-in-law, Raymond Ericson; and a nephew, David Ericson.