Of Grass Lake, MI, age 77, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at his home. He was born September 17, 1946 in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, the son of Harry L. & Beulah M. (Lindsay) Hadley Sr. Joe attended both Chelsea High School and Grass Lake High School. He enlisted in the US Army right after high school, and served in Alaska in Military Intelligence.   Joe worked  Central Fiber in Chelsea. He became a carpenter, building houses in the Chelsea/Grass Lake area, working as “Joe Hadley & Sons” with Harry & Brent. He loved being outside, riding horses, and coon hunting. He also did drag racing with stock cars. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family, and had a great sense of humor.

Survivors include his daughter, Charlotte Hadley (and her boyfriend Karl Kaminski) of Grass Lake; two sons, Harry Hadley Jr. (and his girlfriend, Elaine Bicknell) of Corunna, Brent Hadley (and his wife, Mary Hadley-Bellew) of Clare; 6 grandchildren, Adam, Nina, Zach, Emily, Lacey & Jarret; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Penny Blain, Shelly Hadley, Judy Ferry, Darlene Kress; many nieces and nephews; as well as Harry & Brent’s mother and Joe’s close friend, Diana Hadley.

He was preceded in death by Charlotte's mother, Michelle Hadley; his parents; his brothers, Richard "Dick", James "Jim", Robert, Jack, Donnie; and a sister, Beverly Barker.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 22, 1:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Pastor William Ryder officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Waterloo, Michigan. The family will receive friends Friday from noon - 1 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to his daughter, Charlotte.

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#8 Steve ankney 2023-09-23 20:38
Def going to be a lot of ppl missing Joe so I'm not alonewhen I say I loved that guy yup probly only word that really fits he was my mentor and my first real boss I ever had taught me the right way to build. No pecker marks lol. I know I will NEVER forget JOE HADLEY.
#7 Star Crowdis 2023-09-22 10:10
Joe, I can vision you with Dad, Dennis, Claude, and many others coon hunting and having a blast in Heaven. You were a good man, good friend, helped others and made a difference in the lives of others. You will be greatly missed by so many! Prayers go or the e kids and all the family!
#6 Megan Smith 2023-09-22 07:28
Joe was the first neighbor that spoke to us when we moved to Maute Rd. Good thing too because he had Charlotte so the kids could play. An absolutely great person and friend. Our condolences to Brent, Harry, Charlotte and family. He will forever be in our hearts.
Andy & Megan Smith
#5 Tyler Hudson 2023-09-21 18:18
Rest in Peace Uncle Harry. I enjoyed all those summers with you and Aunt Michelle riding horses and the Gator on your farm. Praying for peace in comfort for your children and family.
#4 Mr. & Mrs. Ball 2023-09-20 19:02
Please accept our sincere condolences you are all in our continued thoughts and prayers
Billy & Sarah Ball
#3 Julia Hudson 2023-09-20 05:39
I always knew Joe as Harry. He was married to my sister, Michelle. I admired his love for my beautiful niece Charlotte Ann. She is definitely a Daddy's girl. Not a lot of men can express their love, but Harry always put what was best for Charlotte Ann.
R.I.P. Harry, you are now with our Lord and Savior, and your beautiful Michelle.
#2 Julie Acosta 2023-09-19 22:58
Thinking of you all during this tough time. Joe has been aa long time friend of my father AC and our family for many years. I can remember coming over when I was little when they had the deer. Joe helped us remodel our forever home just a couple years ago. I will think of him often with a smile. Spread those wings and fly friend. We will miss you.
#1 Ernestina Corey 2023-09-19 17:34
Truly heartbroken to hear of the passing of Joe. One of the best guys I've ever known, had a great sense of humor and always had a joke for you. When I was working at Buddy's gas station I looked forward to him stopping by and visiting with me I have missed that these past few years. Love and prayers to Harry, Brent and Charlotte and the family he will be truly missed.
Love Tina

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