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Edwin LaVerne Hadder

Edwin LaVerne Hadder

April 24, 1931 -- April 22, 2014

Edwin L. Hadder, age 82, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, formerly of Willmar, died Tuesday, April 22, in Colorado Springs.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, on Saturday June 7, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. (

Edwin LaVerne Hadder was born on April 24, 1931, at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Edwin and Gwendolyn (Pratt) Hadder. He grew up in Mecosta, Michigan and graduated from Mecosta Rural Agricultural High School in 1949. He worked for his fathers hauling business before entering the U.S Army in February of 1951. Ed was first stationed in Fort Worden, Washington then traveled by boat to Japan, which took two weeks. He spent two months training in Japan before being deployed to Korea. When he returned to the states, he continued to work for his father before going to work for the Grand Rapids Ice Plant. In April of 1953, Edwin was married to Mavis Roelofs and they had four daughters. He also worked for a time at the A & P Warehouse, Keeler Brass, C & O Railroad and Nash Kelvinator. Ed moved to Willmar, Minnesota and worked as a mail carrier for 30 years. If he forgot your name, he would always remember your address. Ed kept busy in his retirement helping people, working 17 years at Wal-Mart, both in Willmar and Colorado Springs. Ed married Patricia Pechacek in July of 1982 in Willmar and they lived here until 2002 when they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. He loved to travel and annual trips to Michigan for Memorial Day and class reunions were a highlight for Ed and trips to Korea, Norway, Australia and New Zealand fulfilled his desire to travel.

Ed is survived by his wife, Patricia of Colorado Springs, Colorado, two daughters; Patricia Leiter of Blanchard, Michigan and Wina Preslicka of Northfield, Minnesota and one step daughter, Ronna Hoglund of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Also surviving is one brother, John W. Hadder of Crossville, Tennessee, eleven grandchildren, many great grandchildren, one nephew and one niece, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a step son, Roger Pechacek.