He began volunteering for the American Cancer Society soon thereafter, driving cancer patients to their treatments, and for the Norman hospital, where he was a volunteer until retiring in December 2012. He was recognized as the Cleveland County Red Cross Volunteer of the Year for his years of compassionate work. He was active in the seniors group at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norman, where he worshiped until late last year. Throughout his life, Hadley was an avid OSU Cowboy fan. He loved attending sporting events with John and his family and he rarely missed a home football or basketball game.
Hadley moved to Tulsa in December 2012 to be closer to his family, his daughter, Teresa Meinders Burkett and her husband Robert and his son, John Meinders and his wife Lori and their two children, Rachel and Robert. He enjoyed living at Inverness Village and sharing regular visits with his family.
He was sharp and witty right to the end and was planning a move back to his independent apartment from the skilled nursing area of Inverness at the time of his death.
He enjoyed a rich and wonderful life. He loved to travel and he loved the great outdoors. His engaging stories and great laugh will be sorely missed by his immediate family and his extended family of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, with whom he remained extraordinarily close through the years, traveling to weddings and graduations and never forgetting a birthday. Hadley was blessed with a life well lived and well loved, and we all will miss him greatly.
Visitation for Hadley will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the Ninde Brookside Funeral Home.
Interment will be 4 p.m. Wednesday on the family farm in the Yukon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations in Hadley’s name be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 603 Classen Blvd., Norman, OK 73071.
Arrangements are by Ninde Funeral & Cremation in Tulsa.
Norman Transcript, Tuesday, April 23, 2013