Wilson Lambert Bedwell Jr., a retired National Aeronautics and Space Administration employee and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Tuesday at Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown. The Rock Hall resident was 76.
Born and raised in Chestertown, Mr. Bedwell attended Chestertown High School and Jarrettsville High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps at 17. He served in the South Pacific during the latter part of the war, and was discharged in 1946.
Mr. Bedwell earned his high school equivalency after leaving the service and graduated from Baltimore Technical Institute in 1948. He worked for Bendix Corp. in Owings Mills from 1957 to 1968, when he started working in communications for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center.
After retiring from NASA in 1975, he worked as an assistant manager at Kenwood and Indian Springs country clubs in Montgomery County, and in sales and consulting for Union Hardware's Decorator Center in Bethesda, retiring again in 1990.
He moved to Rock Hall in 1993 and was a member of Chester Masonic lodge in Chestertown, Promise Keepers, the Gideons and Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Rock Hall, where services were held yesterday.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Anne Spradlin; two sons, William L. Bedwell of Rock Hall and W. Douglas Bedwell of Woodbridge, Va.; four sisters, Lula Daughton of Aberdeen, Genevieve Brock of Bel Air, Louise Taylor of Rockville, Va., and Betty Mead of Grayling, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.