Ron Hadley, 76, of Eldon, Missouri, died early Thursday morning, September 27, 2018, at his home in Eldon.
He was born August 8, 1942, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Norman Lee Hadley and Norma Eleanora (Utter) Hadley. On June 10, 1964, in Wichita Falls, Texas he married Ann Bernice Steward and she survives of the home.
After growing up in St. Joseph, Ron served in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1964. He then attended and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He worked as a funeral director and embalmer at several funeral homes in Texas and Colorado until moving to Moberly, Mo., in 1977 where he worked for 23 years. After moving to Eldon in 1999, he continued to work in funeral service until recently. He held memberships in Kiwanis, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. He was a Mason and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lake Ozark, Mo. An avid fisherman, he was also a member of the Jefferson City Fly Tyers. Ron had many interests over the years including motorcycles, flying airplanes, raising quail, fishing, fly-tying, woodworking, and electronic gadgets. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with family and mowing grass for neighbors and friends.
In addition to his wife Ann of the home, survivors include 2 sons, Gregory Hadley (Hiromi) Niigata-Shi, Japan, and Robert Hadley (Amy Rudolph), Short Hill, New Jersey; 2 sisters, Dixie Quinn, Eldon, Mo., and Bonita White, St. Joseph, Mo.; a brother, Bill Hadley (Judy), North Little Rock, Arkansas; 4 sisters-in-law, Gayle Hadley, Windsor, Mo.; Frances Bartlett, Olive Branch, Mississippi, Louise Moss (Dave), Jacksonville, Tennessee, and Ruth Steward, Jasper, Ark.; a brother-in-law, Lloyd Steward, Gadsden, Alabama; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and 2 special adopted granddaughters, Elizabeth Edelman, Lee's Summit, Mo., and Emily Johannas, Eldon, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert "Bob" Hadley; a sister, Deanna Kline; and 3 brothers-in-law, Larry Klein, Jay Quinn, and Tom Steward.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lake Ozark, Mo. Graveside services will follow on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, Mo., with Pastor Charlie Kempf officiating. The family suggests contributions to the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor, and condolences may be left online at www.hadleyfuneralhome.com.