RICHARD A. "DICK" HADDEN, 56, of 155 S. Price Ave., Waynesboro, PA died at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000, in Waynesboro Hospital after battling cancer since July 1997. He had been critically ill since Tuesday, Nov. 28, and had been hospitalized since early Sunday morning.
Born July 13, 1944, in Olean, N.Y., he was the son of Lila M. (Palmatier) Hadden, a resident of The Hoover House at 227 W. Main St. in Waynesboro, and the late Fred Hadden.
He and his wife, Sue (Lizer) Ernde Hadden, were married Aug. 30, 1997, in Pen Mar Park by the Rev. H. Clayton Moyer.
Mr. Hadden grew up in Port Allegany in McKean County and was a 1962 graduate of Port Allegany High School.
He served in the U.S. Navy from June 1962 to July 1965, as an electronics technician and was stationed aboard the destroyer USS Rich during the Vietnam Conflict, serving tours in the Mediterranean and Red seas and the Indian Ocean.
After his discharge, he owned a tavern in Port Allegany and worked briefly for the railroad in the Driftwood area.
He had been a heavy equipment operator for more than 30 years, working on water and sewer projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and New York. Mr. Hadden had lived in Waynesboro since 1976, when he moved to this area with the company that built Washington Township's sewer system.
He worked for a variety of construction companies and was last employed by DeLauter and Sons in Thurmont as a loader operator until his retirement on disability in May 1998.
He was a loving husband whose sense of humor brought joy to his family and his many friends. In his later years, he became an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed deep sea fishing.
He attended Living Hope Community Church in State Line.
Mr. Hadden was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1191 and American Legion Post 15, both in Waynesboro.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Lonnie Hadden of Twinsburg, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Laura Ernde Bowders of Waynesboro; two brothers, Dale Hadden of Crystal River, Fla., and David Hadden of Port Allegany; two nephews; a number of great-nieces and great-nephews; and a devoted family friend, Midge Hess of Waynesboro.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, James Hadden.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000 in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, with Pastor Michael Wentz officiating.
There will be no viewing. However, the family will receive friends one hour before the services Saturday in the funeral home.
Private committal services will be held at the convenience of the family in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, PA.
The family requests that flowers be omitted. Donations may be made in Mr. Hadden's name to the Dream Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fulfills the last wishes of terminally ill adults, at 621 Chapala St., Suite D, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93101, or the Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Road, Waynesboro, Pa. 17268.
(From the Waynesboro (PA) Record Herald)
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