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Full Masonic rites were held at 2 PM Sunday, July 30 from the Onida Presbyterian Church for Oscar Hedman, local osteopath, who passed away suddenly Friday morning as the result of a stroke.
Lee Lindell officiated with assistance from Clifford Small of Blunt and Paul Kellogg. Burial was in the Onida Cemetery under the direction of Widoss Funeral Home of Pierre. Pallbearers were his fellow Masons, Joe G. Hofer, Lester Eller, Maynard Knox, Theron McKenney, Axel Mikkelsen and Derwin Worth. Honorary pallbearers were Luther Nelson, Emel Johnson, State Worshipful Grand Master Westover of Pierre, John Adams, Durrell Clouse, Arthur Johnson, Dr. Wells of Aberdeen, Ed Wagner of Pierre, and William Ruckle. Special music was provided by the Jobs Daughters and the Eastern Star.
"Doc," as he was known by his many friends, was stricken while driving his car down Main Street Friday morning near the postoffice. Observers noted that something was amiss, and when Mr. Hedman's car turned slowly towards the curb and struck another vehicle, an onlooker rushed out and turned the car switch off. Hedman was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, but passed away about 45 minutes later.
Oscar Hedman was born on July 5, 1884 in Umca, Sweden, and passed away in the Onida Hospital on July 28, 1961, at the age of 77 years and 22 days.
After spending his youth in his home town in Sweden, Mr. Hedman came to this country in 1905 when only 21 years old, settling in Beach, North Dakota. It was during his residence in North Dakota that he obtained his training as an osteopath, the profession he practiced through the years.
On November 7, 1912 he was united in marriage to Julia Mathilda (Tilly) Anderson. That same year he was one of the few survivors of the ill-fated Titanic luxury liner, when it sank in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage. Over 1500 people lost their lives in the disaster.
On receiving his osteopathic degree, the Hedmans moved to Onida in 1920 where they have resided since.
He became a member of the local Masonic Lodge in 1934, taking an active interest in its activities through the years. Hedman was the Worshipful Master of the local lodge in 1940, and was also a member of the Scottish Rite and the Yelduz Shrine Temple of Aberdeen. He was also a member of the Onida Presbyterian Church.
Survivors are his widow, brother Robert in Sweden and 36 nieces and nephews. His parents, one sister and two brothers preceded him in death.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2003) OSCAR HEDMAN (Onida Watchman, Thursday 3rd August 1961, ref: #362, published 28 August 2003, generated 23rd July 2021 02:11:39 AM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/item-362.html