Melbert “Pudge” Emerson Wedge, 95 of Allegan, Michigan, passed away November 16, 2020 at his home. Born May 7, 1925 in Allegan, Michigan, he was the son of the late Elmer and Audrey (Benedict) Wedge.
Pudge was married to Thelma “Elaine” (Garlock) Wedge who preceded him in death in 1988. He then married Betty (Clover) Wedge in Grand Haven in 1991 and she preceded him in death in 2015.
Surviving Pudge are his three children, Terry Wedge, Nola (Frank) Tooker and Marla Wedge; his brother, Jack (MarguriteAnn) Wedge; seven grandchildren, Troy (Maria) Tooker, Travis (Laura) Tooker, Tate Tooker, Jacqueline (Marvin) Fulton, Michael Wedge, Shawna Coulson and Carissa Coulson; twelve great-grandchildren, JJ (Michelle) Tooker, Katrina (Drew) Kapture, Cy Tooker, Annie Tooker, Molly Tooker, Jordon Tooker, Dylan (Holly) Wedge, Megan Wedge, Maya Wedge, Jahron Coulson, Keaton Fance-Coulson and Landon Fance-Coulson; three great-great-grandchildren, Savannah Wedge, Anneke Tooker and Marieke Tooker; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Pudge was preceded in death by two wives, Elaine and Betty; his parents, Elmer and Audrey Wedge; and two brothers and their spouses, Doran and June Wedge and Karlton and Lois Wedge.
Pudge prided himself in driving to breakfast every day to the Northwoods Inn located in Pullman until two months ago when he no longer had the energy to walk to his garage to get his truck out for the drive. He was quite proud of the fact that he only took one medication and many of the restaurant community who were somewhat younger than him often took many more.
Pudge enjoyed sitting in his garage with the door open and watching traffic go by waving at everyone. He loved antique cars and owned several himself.
Through his life, Pudge was a farmer, a mechanic, a business owner, and worked for Milbocker and Sons hauling heavy equipment until his retirement. After retirement, Pudge was known for doing many other odd jobs that would come along. He was known as a “fix it” guy and could fix just about anything that was broken, especially if it had a motor on it.
Pudge served proudly in the United States Navy on a rocket ship LSM(R) 198, of which there were only 18 ships in this class. Each ship was equipped with a 5” gun and 70 rocket launchers. He would tell stories of how when the 5” gun was shot, that the ship would move 100 yards out to sea. After a couple of shots, they would have to reposition the ship toward shore to fire again.
Memorial donations may be made in Pudge’s name to the 4-H Camp Kidwell, 39000 1st Ave., Bloomingdale, MI 49026.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for the spring of 2021.