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Obituary for Major Leslie R. "Les" Hadley

November 11, 2017
Levittown, Pennsylvania

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Major Leslie R. "Les" Hadley, USAF, of Levittown, PA, passed away Saturday, November 11th, 2017. He was 92. Born in Ballardvalle, MA, and graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover MA; he entered the US Army Air Corps (US Air Force) in January of 1943 for flight training. Piloting the B-24 (Liberator), he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism and earned 4 Air Medals, completing over 30 missions in WWII and the Korean War. While in the service, Les completed his studies of statistics at Harvard University School of Business. Retiring as a Major (USAF) at McGuire AFB, NJ in 1963; he then worked in data processing at the Fisher and Porter Company of Warminster, PA, retiring as the head supervisor.

Les is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, the late Muriel E. (Hart) Hadley. He is also preceded in death by his daughter, Leslie (Hadley) Hayes, his son, Richard S. Hadley, and his sister Margaret (Hadley) Wansker. Les is survived by his son David (Martha), his daughter Jean (Bill) Holtzworth, and son-in-law Joseph Hayes. He is the loving grandfather to Col. (USA) Justin (Angel) Hadley, Vanessa Hadley, Gregory (Hanneka) Hayes, Douglas (Rashida) Hayes, Candace (Matt) Holtzworth, Courtney (Danny) Holtzworth, and Joshua Holtzworth and great grandfather to Ryan, Violet, Cami, and Jayce.

Les enjoyed his retirement days volunteering with the Bristol Twp. School system with his wife Muriel and enjoyed his passion of model railroading and composing articles and memoirs of the B-24 Liberator's pilots and crews for their families and friends. He was a master of crossword puzzles and the intellectual resource for completing them for his family and friends. In between, Les delivered Meals on Wheels in Bucks County for 3 years.

A graveside service with military honors will take place on Thursday, November 16th, at 9 AM at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Ave., Newtown, PA 18940. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the charity of your choice or the St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Services provided by Beck Givnish Life Celebration Home, 7400 New Falls Rd., Levittown, PA 19055, 215-946-7600. To share your fondest memories of Les, please visit www.lifecelebration.com .

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