LaVerne Dean Hadley, 76, of Hampton, passed away Monday, December 28, 2020, of cancer at the Hospice Unit at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton. He was born May 24, 1944, at the Belmond Hospital to Loran and Esther (Betz) Hadley.
LaVerne attended school at Rowan Consolidated School where he played sports until his senior year. He graduated from Belmond Community School in 1962. LaVerne was very active in local and county 4-H groups and his church youth group. He attended Iowa State University winter farm classes.
LaVerne was united in marriage to Mary Kapka on June 4, 1965, at the Lutheran Church in Latimer and they lived on an acreage near Rowan. He farmed with his father. LaVerne was drafted in 1966 and went to Vietnam in February of 1968.
He was stationed with the Alpha Battery 1st Battalion 7th Artillery 105 Hawser Division. LaVerne returned home in November of 1968. He then farmed and milked Guernsey cows near Rowan, Sheffield, and Hampton. LaVerne was active in the Guernsey Association where he showed his cows and won milk production awards. He farmed until 1979. Then he worked in town and in the early 80's, started working for the Berghoefer Brothers. LaVerne worked there until his retirement. He enjoyed watching his children as they participated in sports, 4-H, FFA and concerts.
In his retirement, LaVerne enjoyed attending games, dance recitals, and concerts. He also attended county and state fairs to watch his grandchildren show their animals. It brought him joy to watch his grandchildren. LaVerne was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton.
LaVerne is survived by his wife Mary Hadley; son Dean Hadley; daughters Katherine (Ryan) Harr and Christy (Tony) Eisentrager; grandchildren Allison, Lauren and Elizabeth Hadley, Scott, Brady and Colin Harr, Kacie and Parker Eisentrager; brother Kevin (Betty) Hadley; sister Tracy (Randy) Gabrielson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother Esther, father Loran, step-mother Marladean and daughter-in-law Sara Hadley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to LaVerne's family, PO Box 403, Hampton, Iowa 50441.
Hampton, Iowa 50441
Hampton, Iowa 50441
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