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Stephen Kirk Hadley

June 18, 1944 - December 12, 2018

Service: 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2018 at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, we are requesting donations to Ridglea Presbyterian Church ( or Planned Parenthood of North Texas (

Stephen Kirk Hadley, 74, joined the church triumphant on December 12, 2018.
Steve was born to Col. Cleo and Jessie Hadley on June 18, 1944 in a now defunct Army base named Camp Forrest, TN. As an Army brat, he lived his early years in Japan, Paris, Frankfurt, and Washington state.  When his father was promoted to Commandant of the Fort Sill Artillery School, they returned to Lawton, OK for Steve’s high school years. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a PhD (ABD) in Aeronautical Engineering.  His insatiable thirst for learning was a cornerstone of his life.
While Steve worked as an aerospace engineer for only one company for his entire 35 year career, the company morphed from General Dynamics to Lockheed Aerospace to Lockheed Martin. He worked primarily on the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Duties ranged from Advanced Design to International Program Management. He was the Chief Engineer for Greece, Bahrain, and Korea, before retiring in 2001.
In addition to his wife, Jean, his true passion was aviation. He earned his FAA Private Pilot license in 1986. The Instrument Flight Rules license was next, followed by Commercial, Multi-engine, and Aerobatics. In 2005, he returned to the college environment for his FAA Airframe and Propulsion certification
Steve was active in Ridglea Presbyterian Church, serving several terms as elder as well as helping with the oversight of the long term assets. The Hadleys participated in many mission trips, both in the US and Mexico. In addition to extensive church Outreach programs, Steve was very involved in Planned Parenthood, the Presbyterian Night Shelter, community service, and various environmental protection groups. The Arts were also a very important part of his life. He particularly enjoyed the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Camerata, chamber music ensembles, Stage West Theater, and the Kimbell Art Museum.
Steve was an avid tennis, golf, and pool volleyball player. Other lifelong pursuits included a love of nature, hiking, river rafting, scuba/snorkeling, snow/water skiing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and adventure of all kinds.
His greatest love was realized when he met his beloved wife, Jean, on a ski trip to New Mexico. For the rest of his life, they traveled hand in hand, flying his plane throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Steve fell just shy of achieving their goal of visiting all the National Parks in the lower 48 states and Hawaii. International travel included extensive cruising (both ocean and rivers) and land excursions across 6 continents for decades.
Steve’s greatest joy was exploring the world with family and friends. His intelligence, easy smile, generous nature, and genuine concern for others will be sorely missed.
He was preceded in death by his son, Shawn,  and older brother, Craig.
Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Jean, of 46 years, son Lance (Diane), daughter in law Fariba, and two grandchildren.