Devoted husband, father and grandfather, Robert Nichols "Nick" Dedaker III, 67, Kokomo, passed away at 2:22 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2017, at Community Howard Regional Health. He was born Dec. 8, 1949, in Indianapolis, to Robert N. Dedaker Jr. and Janet (Sutter) Dedaker. On June 26, 1971, in Marion, he married his high school sweetheart, Bobbi Hostetler, and they celebrated 46 years together.
Nick graduated in 1968 from Oak Hill High School, where he excelled in football, baseball, basketball, golf and track. He was the first recipient of the Mark Black Award. He played football and baseball for DePauw University, where he graduated in 1972 with a bachelor of arts degree. He went on to earn his master's degree from Ball State University. He taught social studies and psychology at Eastern High School for 33 years before retiring in 2005. He also coached baseball, football, basketball and golf at Eastern for more than 20 years.
During his summers, Nick worked for Harvey Construction for 10 years. He played for the semi-pro Kokomo Highlander Baseball Team. He umpired girls softball to the state level. He also refereed boys basketball to the college level. Many of these games were officiated with longtime friends Brad Wilson and Chuck Hewitt.
He obtained his pilot's license and float plane license, which was an extremely proud achievement for him. He was an avid hunter and traveled to Africa on a safari hunt. He was a member and served on the board of directors of the Compton Traditional Bowhunter's and was also a member of the Professional Bowhunter's Society.
In retirement, his deepest passion was spending time with his four grandchildren, attending all their activities.
In addition to his wife, Bobbi Dedaker, he is survived by his son, Robert Bradley Dedaker, Bunker Hill; daughter, Lindsay Jo (Nick) Rice, Greentown; four grandchildren, Trevor Stanton Dedaker, Aubree Paige Dedaker, Trista Jo Rice and Shelby Nickole Rice; and his father-in-law, Robert Devon Hostetler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Janet Dedaker; brother, William Gary Dedaker; infant brother, John Bruce Dedaker; and mother-in-law, Virginia Louise Hostetler.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Hasler & Stout Funeral Home, 112 E. Main St., Greentown, with Pastors Jeff Newton and Bruce Mughmaw officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Athletic Department and/or Kokomo Urban Outreach. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.hasler-stout.com.
Published on April 26, 2017