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Donald R. Wedge

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Donald R. Wedge, 82, of Clermont, FL and formerly of Carey, died April 20, 2012 in Clermont, FL.

He was born August 13, 1929 in Carey to the late Roscoe and Margaret (Twining) Wedge. He married Janis Markley and they divorced. He later married Ruth Ann Wedge and she preceded him in death.

Surviving is his son, Chris Wedge, Clermont; daughter, Laura (Ron) Blackburn, New Orleans, LA; three brothers, Bob Wedge, Carey; John Wedge, Grove City; and Tom Wedge, Huntsville; a sister, Syble Kunkel, Savannah, GA; and four grandchildren, Carrie Lis, Ashley Humphrey, Cole Wedge, and MaKenna Wedge.

Preceding him in death was a sister, Shirley Hale.

A 1947 graduate of Carey High School, he went on to further his education and football career at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH. He set several records while at OWU and in 1951 was named to the All-Ohio College and Little All-American teams as fullback. He was later inducted to the Carey and OWU Athletic Halls of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Ohio Pro Am in 1993.

Don carried his love of sports into officiating. He officiated football and basketball at the college level from 1956-76 culminating by working the 1970 Rose Bowl. He also served two years as an NBA official.

He was an NFL official for 24 years and worked Super Bowl XXII, four NFL Pro Bowls, 18 other postseason games, two NFL Hall of Fame games, and the 1973 College All-Star game. His NFL officiating experience included time as a back judge, side judge, and referee wearing number 28.

Don is a lifetime member of the Ohio Association of Football Officials, the Ohio Association of Basketball Officials, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, NFL Alumni, and the NFL Players Association. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, and American Legion.

By day, he was a national sales manager for Hobort Brothers Corporation and a sales manager for Miller Valentine Real Estate. He served on the Wilson Sporting Goods Advisory Board in Ada for many years.

Catholic by faith, he was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Clermont, FL.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, with Rev. John Stowe OFM Conv officiating.

Local arrangements handled by STOMBAUGH-BATTON FUNERAL HOME, Carey.

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