R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory- Downtown Suffolk
Monday December 12th, 2022
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Edward King Bedinger
Bedinger, Edward King, age 68, passed away December 2, 2022, succumbing to complications of multiple myeloma. He was preceded in death by his partner Jane Deffenbaugh, and by his parents Jean King Bedinger and Robert W. Bedinger Sr., MD., and his stepmother, Mary Vinson Bedinger. He is survived by his son Miles Martin Bedinger (Serena) of Port Orchard, Washington, and by his dear friend and late in life partner, Anna Morris Cross. He is also survived by his sister Martha Bedinger Holt (David) and brother Robert W. Bedinger, Jr., MD (Martha Geiger), and by six nephews and nieces and one grandniece.
Ned was born in Maryland during the last year of his father's military service, but was raised in Richmond, Virginia, graduating from Saint Christopher's School and from Hampden-Sydney College with a B.S. in Biology. His goal was to pursue a career in marine biology
Enamored of the Pacific Northwest and, after several interval years in the restaurant business, Ned finally moved to the West Coast. Shortly thereafter he joined the Peace Corps and served in the Philippines where he helped to establish an aquaculture program.
On his return to the states several years later, Ned migrated to Seattle, enrolled at the University of Washington and took courses in Maritime Policy, which led to a number of adventures in Alaska. He first served as a U.S. Fisheries observer on a Korean trawler in the Bering sea (in winter!). He returned to the states rather lean, complaining that every meal consisted of cod parts. He then had a similar role as an observer on a Russian mothership which served as the base for their fishing fleet. This ended when Ned developed a rash the ship doctors feared to be a contagion of "fish pox" and evacuated him to Dutch Harbor, failing to correctly diagnose his shingles outbreak!
His last Alaska role was as a sonar technician on a NOAA vessel collecting data for navigational maps. Developing expertise in sonar technology also enhanced computer skills that would lead to the next leg of his journey.
Ned returned to Seattle and began working contract jobs in technical writing. He met Jane, they settled down, and Miles’s birth followed. The family moved across the sound to Port Orchard, Washington, where ferries and bald eagles were regular sights. He spent his time finding ways to explore the world, taking trips often and finding new interesting fields to study. Whenever he did not know something, he researched it. Whenever he did not have something, he built it. This was home for the remainder of Ned’s time in Washington state.
In recent years Ned had divided time between family and friends in Virginia and exploring the Arizona desert and Mexico in his Bluebird RV.
To his nephews and nieces he was the fabled "Uncle Traveling Ned,”
frequently mentioned, rarely seen. To his siblings, he was unconventional, but also a charming and intelligent philosopher, environmentalist and adventurer, living out his dreams and our fantasies. To his son, he was a superhero, flying off to distant places and coming home with amazing experiences and viewpoints.
He will live on in our hearts and minds and of course in the stories!
Our family is so grateful to Anna for the love, companionship, and care she shared with Ned over his last years and final illness.
A graveside service will be held Monday December 12, at 11:00 AM, Cedar Hill Cemetery, North Main St. and Mahan St., Suffolk, Va, 23434. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington Street, Suffolk VA is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com
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