Roger Keith Hadley

Roger Keith Hadley

May 4, 1943 - January 11, 2018

Roger Keith Hadley, 74, died peacefully, with family by his side, on January 11, 2018, in Green Valley, AZ, due to Parkinson's disease.

Roger was born in New Hampton, IA, on May 4, 1943, to LaDonna (Biermann) and Keith D. Hadley. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Fredericksburg, IA. He attended a one-room country school until 1955 and graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1961. Roger earned his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Iowa State University in 1965 and his M.A. in Educational Administration at Michigan State University in 1971. He later returned to Iowa State to earn a Ph.D. in Higher Education in 1989 while continuing to work full-time.

Roger began his career as a high school geometry teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska. On June 11, 1966 he married Susan Corlett of Farmersburg, IA. In 1967 Roger and Sue moved to Numan, Nigeria, W. Africa, where they served for three years as lay missionary teachers with the American Lutheran Church (now ELCA). Their daughter, Sarah, was born there in 1969.

In 1971 the family relocated to Jacksonville, IL, where Roger served as Assistant Principal and District Summer School Director at Jacksonville High School. While there, their son, Christopher, was adopted into their family. Roger returned to Iowa to serve as Assistant Principal at Linn-Mar High School in Marion from 1977 to 1979.

In 1979, Roger became Dean of Students at Waldorf College, then a college of the ELCA, in Forest City, IA, where he served for 26 years until his retirement in 2005. He loved and valued his students—attending all student activities, and every summer learning each new student's face, name, and hometown in order to welcome them by name when they first arrived on campus.

In 2005, following retirement, Roger and Sue moved to Tucson, AZ, where Roger continued to pursue his love of nature. He loved hiking with the Cat Mt. Hiking Club and fulfilled his dream of hiking the Grand Canyon. He golfed, worked out, played poker, enjoyed gardening and flowers, and sang in the Men's Choir at Mount Zion Lutheran Church. He served on the Health and Wellness Committee, as well as the Building Committee for the Card and Billiard Building at Tucson Estates.

Roger is survived by his wife, Sue, of 51 years, and his two children: Sarah (Michael) Ray of Appleton, WI, and Christopher Hadley of New Hampton, IA. He leaves two grandchildren: Hannah and Andrew Ray. Roger is also survived by a sister and brother: Donna Lea (Tom) Smith of Le Center, MN, and Richard (Rita) Hadley of Spokane, WA. He also has eight nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 17, at 2 pm at Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 4520 W. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85746. Following the service, Roger's ashes will be placed in the Memorial Garden next to the church beneath Big Cat Mountain, one of the many Tucson mountains that Roger and his hiking club enjoyed. Afterwards, a meal will be served for all in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation, 106 S. 6th St., Forest City, IA 50436 or Mount Zion Lutheran Church Music Ministry, 4520 W. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85746 or a charity of your choice.


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