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Harold was born February 14, 1936, and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 1, 2024, 13 days before his 88th birthday. The Family wears red in loving tribute to our Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa being our Valentine.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at Fairfield Covenant Church February 7, 2024, at 10:30am with interment to follow at Fairfield Cemetery.
Harold was born to Herman Joshua Hadeen and Hazel Dickinson Hadeen, the second of four children Ruby Frances, Harold Herman, Ronald Eugene, and Doyle Dale: on his grandfather’s homestead during a blizzard. Harolds grandfather Gustaf A Hadeen and his brother Sven immigrated from Sweden in 1878 to their sister (Kristina) home in Illinois. Later settled in Sumner Nebraska to be closer to other family members. Gustaf married Anna Josefina Mattson in Sumner Nebraska in 1892. They had six children Hannah, Caleb, June, Marie, Herman, and Sadie. Late in 1909 Gustaf moved his family to Colorado by train in search of better farmland. He purchased 320 acres of level land south of Sedgwick in the Fairfield community. Gustaf built a home which was an impressive two-story frame structure where he raised his family until each one married. The family faithfully attended Fairfield Covenant Church and the children attended Fairfield School. When Herman married Hazel in 1934, they purchased his father’s homestead after the death of his mother Anna. Gustaf and Herman farmed together for many years starting the generational legacy of Hadeen sons farming alongside their fathers. One of Harolds fondest memories as a child was sneaking up to find his grandfather sitting in a chair praying in Swedish or reading his Bible. Gustaf would scoop Harold up and set him on his knee and go right on praying.
Hard work was no stranger to Harold as the family worked side by side through the years planting, harvesting, milking cows, and raising chickens together. You could often find Harold and his brother Ron stirring up trouble and kicking up dust in their 1955 Ford where he found his love for cars. However, if you asked their mother, she would say they didn’t do that. He attended Fairfield grade school and later graduated with the class of 1954 at Haxtun High School, meeting the love of his life Astrid Victoria Franson along the way. Upon graduation Harold enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves as an airplane mechanic. In 1956 he went into active duty aboard the USS Hancock patrolling in the oceans around Hawaii, Taiwan, and the far east, disembarking in San Diego. He walked off the ship October 2 with his hand sewn silk lined wool suit that he had purchased in Japan heading home to wed his Sweetheart Astrid Victoria on October 25, 1958.
Harold and Vickie set out to establish their first home at the Franson homestead. He put his skills to the test by installing the home’s first indoor bathroom before the arrival of his three Children Ruth Ann, Mary Lynn, and Steven Harold. Harold was excited to continue his passion for farming after inheriting Bernard Franson and John Sandquist farm ground and working alongside his parents Herman and Hazel. The first tractor he ever bought was a John Deere 730 Deisel. In 1968 he became one of the earliest irrigation farmers hiring Jim Carper founder of Carper Earthmoving to prepare the ground for flood irrigation, not knowing they would one day become relatives. In 1972 with their growing children Harold and Vickie found the opportunity to purchase the Lee Eckman property and a larger home. Harold expanded his finishing hog operation with the help of Stormy (Lori) Baker, his long time hired hand and trusted friend. Stormy ran the 750 head hog operation and farm when Harold and Vickie had the opportunity to share their heritage with their children on a trip of a lifetime to Sweden.
Harold enjoyed many years of teaming up with his brother Ron during the long harvest hours harvesting around Fairfield and Lodgepole, Nebraska. This is where their sons Steven and Wayne carried on their mischievous behavior on the family farms. Harold cultivated a mutual love and respect for farming and livestock by establishing Hadeen Partnership with his son Steven in 1987.
Harold was a devote Christian and spent many hours praying over his children, grand children and great grand children naming them one by one. Harold and Vickie were prayer warriors of the Fairfield community, often time receiving a phone call and immediately praying for someone’s needs. Harold was especially thrilled to talk about their trip to the Holy Land and getting baptized in the Jordan River. Harold was a member of the Fairfield Covenant Church board, Northeast Gideons, Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship, West Phillips County Cemetery board and Farm Bureau for many years.
In 1997 Harold and the love of his life moved to their mint green dream home in Haxtun but his heart never left the farm driving out frequently to check it out and desiring to help wherever he could. Harold and Vickie spent many hours traveling to see their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren supporting all their activities and events. Harold had many hobbies and passions woodworking, traveling, gardening, with his specialty being his many rose bushes picking Vickie fresh cut roses for a table centerpiece all summer long.
Harold was a faithful and loving husband passionate about caring for Vickie in her declining health. In June of 2022 they moved to Carriage House Assisted Living in Holyoke where he was able to provide his wife with the best care possible. Harold enjoyed many activities including carrying on his love for gardening by growing tomatoes for the whole facility. Harold and Vickie always enjoyed the interactions they had with all the staff and residents thanking God for the care they received every day. The family of Harold and Vickie Hadeen are grateful for the extraordinary care and love they received from the entire staff of Regent Park and Carriage House.
Those left with memories of his love are his Children: Ruth Ann (Robin) Engel, Mary Lynn (Greg) Ditter, Steven (Christine) Hadeen. Nine grandchildren; Dominick (Christina) Collier, Chelsea (Corey) Koberstein, Shane (Leslie) Ditter, Tara (Matt) Fisher, Micah Ditter and fiancé Samantha Hernandez, Kimber (Trent) Mason, Elizabeth (Doug) Carper, MegAnn (Blake) Mari, Kristopher Hadeen, and fiancé Rebecca Brom. Fifteen great grandchildren; MaKenna, Daisy and Abigail Collier, Ava, Farrah and Genevieve Koberstein, Brady (Nina) Gettman, Jesse, Desirae and Kolt Ditter, Alexia, Maddison and Logan Fisher, Krista, and Hailey Ditter. Baby Mason arriving in July 2024 and Baby Mari arriving August 2024. Sister Ruby Colclasure. Nieces, Diane Hadeen and Lori (Rob) Favero, Nephews; Ron (Cheryl) Colclasure, Wayne Hadeen and Troy Hadeen. Numerous cousins, neighbors, and friends. Their dear exchange student from Sweden Mike (Christine) Kautsky and family, Lydia, Myles, and Gavin.
Harold is preceded in death by his wife Vickie, parents Herman and Hazel Hadeen. His in-laws Linnea, Bernard, and Mae Franson. Brothers, Doyle Hadeen and Ron Hadeen. Brother in- law John Colclasure and sister-in-law, Bernice Hadeen. Nephew Dwain Hadeen.
Memorials can be made in Harold’s name to Fairfield Covenant Church for a commemorative granite stone marker, at 17610 County Road 40, Haxtun, Colorado 80731.