Jack Wedgbury

Jack Wedgbury

Lowell Wedgbury was an exceptional athlete and track star for Coe College track team, playing an essential part in winning the 1936 Midwest Conference championship title.

He loved dancing, and one of his first requests upon waking was YouTube videos and dance sessions. Additionally, he found great enjoyment from his sandbox and Hot Wheels collections.

Early Life and Education

Jack Gronsky recalled him as “just your normal, perfect little boy.”

Moray Eby and Forest Rittgers served as Wedgbury’s coaches in football and track, respectively. Wedgbury excelled in both sports – winning first place medals in both races at Coe College’s Drake Relays relay races for both 440-yard relay races as well as 2-20 yard relay events.

No amount of money can make this family feel any better, but we hope to ease their financial strain so they can focus on healing. Please consider making a donation so we can assist them on their path back to normalcy – they are eternally grateful and we love Jack so very much! Thank you all so very much – it means the world to them! We miss you.

Professional Career

Laura Gronsky described him as an enthusiastic “dancing machine,” who loved music and being near water and his sandbox, collecting Hot Wheels as a hobby, and was deeply attached to his older sister Alice.

Jack’s death has caused his family great heartache and has altered their lives profoundly, forcing them to cancel trips and postpone weddings until things settle down again. They are working diligently towards rebuilding their lives.

Visitation will take place Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Friday at this same location.

Achievement and Honors

Lowell Wedgbury enjoyed great athletic success at Coe College under Moray Eby (football) and Forest Rittgers (track). As part of the 1936 Coe team that won the Midwest Conference championship track race as well as earning first-place medals at both mile- and two-mile relay races at Drake Relays, Lowell excelled remarkably under these coaches’ rigorous instruction.

Wedgbury was also an enthusiastic participant in both vesper and a capella choirs during his retirement years in Evening Shade, as well as being a regular contributor to a community chorus and participating in local church services.

Wedgbury’s family are grieving his passing with great sorrow, yet have found solace from strangers’ generosity by setting up a GoFundMe campaign in his name to ease financial strain.

Personal Life

Lowell Wedgbury graduated from Coe College as both a football and track athlete. Additionally, he participated in both vesper and a cappella choirs and held high expectations of himself as an educator post-grad. Ultimately he achieved great success and fulfilled them all over his long career in education.

His death has left a devastating hole in the lives of both family and friends, who are now trying to find normalcy again. To provide support for them, friends have initiated a GoFundMe page in his name.

Jack Wedgbury was an energetic boy who loved dancing and playing in both water and his sandbox. He cherished spending time with his two sisters Alice and Finley; all who knew him will miss him dearly. Jack leaves behind his loving parents Alan and Laura Wedgbury as well as sister Alice Fox to cherish his memory.

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