By The Mercury

Fred Benton Hadle, 96, of Manhattan died Friday at his residence.

The family provided some of the following information.

He passed away peacefully in his sleep.  He was an assistant professor in horticulture at Kansas State University and was superintendent of the horticultural farm at Ashland Bottom from 1951 until his retirement in 1984.

Fred was born in Lineville, Iowa, on Sept. 7, 1917.  He was the son of the Halla (Barr) and John Henry Hadle. 

He attended Lineville High and later earned bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees from Kansas State University in horticulture.

Fred served in the Army in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

He was an active member of Ashland Community Church, a life member of VFW Post 1786 and was a former member of the Pearce-Keller Post No. 17, both in Manhattan.

Fred is survived by two sons, Gary Hadle, of Riley, and Stephen Hadle and wife Diana of Manhattan; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren. 

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Joshua Hadle in 2001.

His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He also enjoyed camping and hiking in the Colorado mountains with his family, and with his wife took bus tours all over the United States. He never missed a Sunday at church.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.10, with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.

A funeral service will be at the Ashland Community Church on Wednesday, Dec. 11,  at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Barkey officiating. Cremation will follow after the service with the inurnment at the Ashland Cemetery at a later date.

The family request memorial contributions to Ashland Community Church, and may be sent in care of the funeral home. 

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Services by Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, Manhattan.

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