LaVerne D. Hadley, 76, Hampton, died of cancer Dec. 28, 2020 at the Hospice Unit of Franklin General Hospital in Hampton. Services were held Jan. 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, with burial in the church cemetery.
LaVerne Dean was born May 24, 1944 at the Belmond Hospital to Loran and Esther (Betz) Hadley. He attended school at Rowan where he played sports until his senior year. He graduated from Belmond High School in 1962. LaVerne was very active in local and county 4-H and his church youth group. He attended winter Farm Operations classes at Iowa State University.
LaVerne married 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 1968. He was stationed with the Alpha Battery 1st Battalion 7th Artillery 105 Hawser Division. LaVerne returned home in November 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 worked in town. In the early 80’s he started working for the Berghoefer Brothers and stayed until his retirement. He enjoyed watching his children as they participated in sports, 4-H, FFA, and concerts.
In retirement, LaVerne enjoyed attending games, dance recitals, and concerts. He also attended county and state fairs to watch his grandchildren show their animals, which brought him joy. LaVerne was a member of Trinity Lutheran in Hampton.
He was preceded in death by his mother Esther; father Loran; step-mother Marladean; and daughter-in-law Sara Hadley.
LaVerne is survived by his wife Mary; son Dean; 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; and sister Tracy (Randy) Gabrielson.