MINOOKA, Ill. — Mr. Gary D. Hadaway, 74, rural Minooka, Ill., passed away peacefully with his loving wife and family by his side in his home Saturday morning, April 6, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was the first-born of six children on May 13, 1938, in Story City, Iowa, the son of Roland and Mary Baldus Hadaway. With his parents, he moved to Minooka in 1942, to make their home. He received his education in the Minooka schools.
Mr. Hadaway served his country in the U.S. Army in the 2nd Armored Division with the rank of Sgt. 1st Class. He served as a tank commander on the German border and a drill instructor at Fort Hood, Texas. Gary married the love of his life, Judith A. Todd, on Nov. 7, 1955, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Minooka.
Gary enjoyed his talent for farming and was a member of the Carpenters Union. He farmed in the summer and helped build the Minooka High School, Dresden Nuclear Power Plant and many other commercial buildings during the winter.
He was an outdoorsman who possessed a quick wit and was known for his stories. He was a White Sox, Chicago Bears, and Notre Dame sports fan, and an active member of his community, serving as a volunteer on the Minooka Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, and as a president of the fire department for 25 years.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Surviving is his loving wife, Judy, and their five children, Beth Berndt, and her husband, David, of Huntley, Ill., Dan Hadaway, and his wife, Stacey, of Lafayette, Ind., Jacki Spilker of New Smyra Beach, Fla., Susan Delgado, and her husband, Stephan, of Tampa, Fla., and Mike Hadaway, and his wife, Sheila, of Winona, Minn.; 15 grandchildren, Nicholas, Nathan, Zachary, Dani, Jacki, Todd, Justin, An Mei, Tim, Andy, Jenny, Steve, Lexi, Kelli, and Shaundra; two great-grandchildren, Avery and Preston; one sister, Mary Jean (Thomas) Matthiesen of Cary, Ill.; three brothers, James (Barbara) Hadaway of Morris, Ill., Steven (Jean) Hadaway of St. Joseph, Mich., and Rodger (Bernadette) Hadaway of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; one son, Patrick Hadaway, on Sept. 7, 2001; and one brother, Ronald Hadaway, in July 1963.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at U.C. Davis and Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris. A Mass of Christian Burial, with the Rev. Fr. Tuan Nguyen officiating, will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, in St.Mary’s Catholic Church in Minooka. Interment will follow in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the Morris Color Guard.
Condolences can be extended online to the family at www.ucdavisandsons.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to U.C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., Morris. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 942-0084.