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Rene Edgar Dedrick

02/07/1950 - 11/16/2021


Obituary For Rene Edgar Dedrick

Rene E. Dedrick, 71 , of Sedalia, MO passed away on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Bothwell Regional Health Center, in Sedalia. He was born on February 7, 1950 in Sedalia, the son of Ralph and Cleo "Dean" (McNay) Dedrick, who preceded him in death.

On November 29, 1985 in Sedalia, he was united in marriage to Rebecca Ann Bennett, who survives in the home.

Throughout his childhood, Rene was a member of Epworth Methodist Church. In 1985, he became a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Then in 2002, he joined St. Vincent De Paul Sacred Heart Parish. He was a member of Sedalia Noonday Optimist Club, the Knights of Columbus Chapter 831, and was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Rene went to work for Safeway at the age of fifteen, and continued working throughout high school and college. In 1970, he enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard and continued that career until he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer II, with just short of 40 years of honorable service. In 1974, he joined the Sedalia Police Department and worked his way up to become Deputy Chief. He retired from the Sedalia Police Department in 2002 after 28 years and three stints as acting Chief of Police throughout his career. In August of 2002, Rene went to work for Tipton Correctional Center as a Cook. He enjoyed cooking until retiring in 2010.

Rene was an active supporter of outreach programs to include Cops in the Park, D.A.R.E., Police Cadets, Sheriff Explorers, and Citizen Policing. These are just a few things he did to help ensure his community was as safe as he could make it.

Rene cherished his time with family and friends; spending time at the lake with Bullet, his faithful dog; fishing and hunting; and the many years he spent playing Santa at City Hall, various schools and family gatherings.

In addition to his wife, Rene is survived by four children, Russell Dedrick (Stephanie), of Florence, MO, Richard Dedrick (Marsha), of Blue Springs, MO, Chris Dedrick of Springfield, MO, and Chelsey Dedrick (Chris), of Sedalia; four grandchildren, Katlynne Dedrick (Wesley), Jordon Dedrick (Emily), Lexi Dedrick, and Rylen "Bobber" Dedrick; three brothers Len Dedrick, Marlin Dedrick, and Gaylin Dedrick; two brothers-in-law, David Bennett (Beverly) and Randy Johnson; and many aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Rene is preceded in death by two sisters-in-law Linda Johnson and Patricia Dedrick; and his in-laws Robert and Mary Sue Bennett

Visitation will be from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Rea Funeral Chapel.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, November 19, 2021, at Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia, with Chaplin Ron Hoehne, officiating.

Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery with full military honors performed by the Missouri Army National Guard.

Pallbearers will be David Woolery, Adam Hendricks, AJ Silvey, Tollie Rowe, Susan Clevenger, Mike Simons, Mike DeHaven, and Neil Trout.

Honorary bearers will be Lloyd Simons II, Lloyd Simons III, Harold Moore, Bob Chancellor, Chris Spence, Kenny Cromley, Tim Carr, and Jim Cunningham.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, in care of Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia.


18 Nov


06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Rea Funeral Chapel 1001 S Limit Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
19 Nov

Funeral Service

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Rea Funeral Chapel 1001 S Limit Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
19 Nov

Burial / Interment

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Crown Hil Cemetery 701 N. Engineer Sedalia, MO 65301 Get Directions »
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  • 11/21/2021

    Becky and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Rene's passing. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • 11/21/2021

    I wish circumstances were different, and I could have known him better. Hail the Traveler, cousin!

  • 11/19/2021

    We did not know Rene very well, had only met a few times. He always waved to us when we saw him in the acres. We would answer back an forth on some Facebook post. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sally and Don Larkin

  • 11/18/2021

    Rene and I served in the Army National Guard for many years. I will always cherish those years as well as the lighthearted times we shared together.

  • 11/18/2021

    So sorry for your loss. Won't be able to attend. However, just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything just let us know

  • 11/18/2021

    Rene was one of the really good guys. His heart was in his family, community, and faith. And what a sense of humor! I hope there's a big kitchen up there for you.

  • 11/17/2021

    I am so sorry to hear of Rene's passing. I always enjoyed our conversations at his doctors appointments. He had a such a good heart and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Becky Janice Scheel

  • 11/17/2021

    Words can not express how saddened John, I and the kids are. The Lake will never be the same without you coming by everyday to see us or parking down below to use the WiFi ( lol ). You were a true brother to us and helped us make sense out of situations we were stuck with at times. You were also the one who would make us laugh so hard sitting around the table or on the deck. We love you Becky and Family and hope you come to the lake as much as he did so the good times can continue. We know your going to be one of our special angels who look down from Heaven and give us that nudge or straight up smack we need. We will truly miss you Rene. Love forever, John and Cindy Montemayor & Kids

  • 11/17/2021

    We survived some tough times at SPD, Rene. I'll always cherish our friendship and service together there. 10-42, Brother.

  • 11/17/2021

    Holding you close in heart Becky and family. I appreciated Rene taking such good care of me when I started at the SPD. Never a dull moment, so many good memories. I am sorry I can't be there but know I am thinking and praying for you all. Much love! Sandy Goff

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