Harlan James Hadler, age 74, died at his home in downtown Minneapolis on Sept. 15, 2009 due to natural causes.
Harlan also known as "Harley" or "Dad" was born July 24, 1935 South of Alberta to Alfred and Edna (Bahnsen) Hadler. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Alberta High School in 1953. He then enlisted in the Army on Nov. 15, 1954. Harlan was stationed in France and was involved in the Korean Conflict until he was honorably discharged on Aug. 26, 1957. Harlan was united in marriage to Beatriz Hadler on Jan. 20, 1982. To this union two daughters were born: Jennefer and Stephanie.
Harlan was a very simple man. He definitely knew the value of the dollar and enjoyed clipping his coupons. He loved to play bridge, fish, read his Star Tribune newspaper, grow unbelievable gardens, working on the daily crossword puzzle, and dance with his soul mate, Twila. He was intelligent, talented and a handyman who could always find a practical way of fixing things. One of the many passions he had was lending a helping hand to anyone in need. He would drive all over the Twin Cities to provide rides to people who couldn't drive for medical appointments and personal errands. Mr. Hadler was also extremely mischievous and enjoyed making people around him laugh with his witty jokes.
He is survived by his two daughters, Jennifer Hadler (Alexis James) of Minneapolis and Stephanie Hadler (Troy Barrett) of Alexandria; his wife Twila Wharten; Brother-Darold Hadler (Vionne), Sister- Carol Hickman (George), Sister-Joyce Shultz (Dennis); and the mother of his daughters, Beatriz Hadler.
He was preceded in death by his brother Wallace Hadler and parents Alfred and Edna Hadler.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, from 4-7 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.