Dr. John J. Wedge, 62, Arizona

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 28, 2002

Devoted physician, loving father and friend to many, Dr. John J. Wedge passed away Aug. 2, 2002, at the age of 62, of arteriosclerosis. No services were held at the request of Dr. Wedge.

Dr. Wedge lived a full life that included his medicine, volunteerism and more than a few rounds of golf. Dr. Wedge was born Oct. 19, 1939 in Albert Lea., the son of Allen Wedge and Doris (Goldman) Wedge. He graduated from Albert Lea High School and attended medical school at the University of Minnesota. He received two bronze stars while serving as a major in the U.S. Army 1970-71 as the Chief of Urology at the 7th Field Hospital in Saigon, Vietnam. After returning to the states, he was a consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon at the Generals Office for Vietnam and then was the Chief of Urology at Fort Gordon, Ga. He moved to Portland in 1973 where he opened his private practice. Offices he held included, President of the Willamette Falls Hospital Staff, Providence Milwaukie Hospital Chief of Surgery, and President of the Clackamas County Medical Society. He retired in 1998 and moved to Arizona, where besides hosting many memorable Thanksgiving dinners for his family, he enjoyed volunteering locally as well as volunteering his medical expertise overseas to help impoverished people in Haiti and Brazil.

He was preceded in death by his father and infant son.

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Dr. Wedge will be dearly missed. He is survived by his mother, Doris; children, Thomas and Elizabeth; and brothers Allen, Charles and James.