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Obituary: Rex A. Hadley

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Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Rex A. Hadley 1922 ~ 2006 NORTH OGDEN - Major General (Retired) Rex A. Hadley, 84, died Monday, October 30, 2006 at the University of Utah Medical Center from complications following surgery. He was a very much loved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was born May 18, 1922 in Downey, Idaho, a son of Hyrum and Ivy Anderson Hadley. Rex attended local schools in Idaho and came to Ogden in 1942. Rex married Margaret Blackner November 29, 1942 in Evanston, WY; their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Margaret preceded him in death on March 22, 2006. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and completed pilot training and became a B-24 pilot. The war ended before General Hadley went overseas and he remained in Ogden as a civil service employee at Hill Air Force Base. He joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve as an instructor pilot and was called to active duty during the Korean War where he served in Morocco, Africa. He returned to Hill where he served for many years in the Air Force Reserve, ultimately becoming a Major General. He spent 40 years in Military Service, as General Officer Staff and Commander Worldwide. After General Hadley retired he became involved with the U.S. Air Force Heritage Museum. This museum would be a place where children and people of all ages could become knowledgeable about vintage aircraft and see the progress of aviation. He became Chairman of the Board and raised countless millions of dollars from State and Local governments, as well as many private benefactors. Rex was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in several Ogden Wards and at the time of his death was a High Priest in the North Ogden Mountain Ward. He was a Gospel Doctrine teacher for many years. Rex and his wife were both active temple workers in the Ogden Temple. Rex's hobby, besides restoring antique planes for the museum, was collecting and restoring antique automobiles. Surviving are three sons, Lynn (Pat) Hadley, Layton; Ralph (Lynda) Hadley, Andover, MA; Brent (Jaylene) Hadley, Layton; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Percy Hadley, Farson, WY. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 4th at 10 a.m. The services have been moved to the North Ogden 10th Ward chapel, 787 East 1700 North with Bishop Nader Michail officiating. Family will meet with friends at the Hill Aerospace Museum Chapel on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Please enter the Museum at the Roy Gate. Friends may also call Saturday, at the North Ogden 10th Ward chapel, 787 E. 1700 North from 9-9:45 a.m. Interment, Lindquist's Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., where Military Honors will be accorded the Hill Air Force Honor Guard. Email condolences to the family at lom@lindquistmortuary.com God Be With You Till We Meet Again.