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The Western Star, October 18, 1957.

Death Comes to World War I Veteran

Funeral Services for Butler Hadley Held on October 12

Butler Hadley, well known farmer in the Prairie Vale community northwest of Coldwater, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday of last week following an operation in the Veterans Hospital in Wichita on Monday.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist church in Coldwater Saturday morning, October 12, at 10 o'clock and were in charge of the pastor, Rev. Otis Bussart. Marvin Plank sang "God's Tomorrow," accompanied on the organ by Miss Karen Bean.

The active pallbearers were Virgil McIntrye, David Cary, Ivan and Frank Hadley, Chester Davis and Ernest Murray. The honorary pallbearers were T. C. Mahan, W. B. McKinney, Charley W. Burt, Harold Herd, Arthur White, T. R. Cary and Dewell Tarr, the latter of Huntsville, Ark. Interment was in Crown Hill cemetery east of this city.


Butler Hadley, son of Ira and Ellen Gillum Hadley, was born on April 30, 1893, and passed away Wednesday, October 9, 1957, at the Veteran's Hospital in Wichita, Kans., at the age of 64 years, 5 months and 9 days.

He was born with a birthright membership in the Prairie Vale Friends church. He attended the New Home School until entering high school in Coldwater, graduating with the Class of 1913.

He farmed with his father and brother, Fred, until called into the U.S. Army where he served from July 27, 1918, to January 19, 1919, with the 10th Division, 70th Machine Gun Company, stationed at Camp Funston. His father passed away while he was in camp and his mother in December, 1920. He returned to farming with his brother.

He was a charter member of American Legion Post No. 122 and was active in bringing the Farm Bureau to this county.

On September 24, 1921, he was united in marriage with Miss Iva Davis of Haviland, Kans. To this union were born two children, Martha Jean and Gerald. He believed in a Divine Pattern for our lives and often expressed this belief, even though it meant giving up his only son in an airplane accident on September 8, 1961.

Mr. Hadley was active in community affairs until 1940, when his health became impaired. His entire life was spent on the farm near Coldwater.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son; three brothers - Fred in 1932; Tom of Pocatello, Idaho, in 1937; Morton of Coldwater in 1942; one sister, Mrs. Ola Seaman of Cheney, Kans., in 1942. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Martha Jean of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Howard of Greensburg, Kans., and Frank of Halsey, Ore.; and by a host of other relatives and friends. He was a kindly and upright husband, father and neighbor.

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