Mr. Robert James Hadley passed away Sunday evening, June 14, 2020, at his home in Butte.
He was born Tuesday, April 22, 1941, in Oakland, Calif., to Ray and Jean (Simpson) Hadley. The family moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, when Robert was 12 and he attended schools there, graduating from Idaho Falls High School in 1959. He graduated cum laude with a BS in accounting from the University of Utah in 1963. In 1965, he knew the draft was inevitable and made the decision to enlist in the United States Air Force, with whom he served in Vietnam until his service ended in 1969.
In 1969, Bob joined the accounting firm of Galusha Higgins & Galusha and worked in Glasgow, Mont. In 1982, Bob, Dennis Chandler, Robert Maxie and Jim Smrcka started their own firm, CHMS. Bob worked with his partners over the course of his career to expand the firm to five locations across northeast Montana. In 1999, he moved to Wolf Point to manage the office there, where he retired in 2012. However, due to his love of accounting and his devotion to his clients, he continued work consulting and performing tax preparation until 2018.
Bob married Beverly Brueckner in Glasgow on August 20, 1977, and together they moved to Butte in 2012. She survives. Also surviving are his sons, James and Kevin. James and his wife, Chrissy, live in Butte with their children, James Jr., MaKenzie and Hanna. Kevin and his wife, Darcy, live in Mesa, Ariz., with their children, Aurora and Persephone. Also surviving are his brother, Larry Hadley of North Ogden, Utah; sisters and brothersin- law, Adele and Ed Harper and GeNene and Gary Hansen, all of Idaho Falls, Idaho; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gene and Kaye Brueckner of Grand Forks, N.D., Jan and Jerry Brorby also of Grand Forks, Lars and Nancy Brueckner of Niagara, N.D., and Betty and Mack Holland III of Denver, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his uncle, Roy West of Ogden, Utah.
Bob was a kind and generous man who was always there for anyone who needed him. He was an avid card player. He and Bev were members of the Copper City Bridge Club, where they played weekly. His other hobbies included spending time outdoors which included gardening, managing his lawn and plowing his driveway during the winter. When not outside or working, he also enjoyed movies of all genres, but had a special affinity for war and western movies. In addition, Bob was a great lover of any animal. Thinking it was someone’s pet, he tried to cuddle with a wild badger. Obviously, that didn’t end too well.
Most importantly, Bob invested time with his family. His sons, their spouses and his grandchildren meant the world to him. He also dedicated time to the rest of his family, his father and siblings.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 22, in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home in Butte with their Pastor Sarah Schilcher of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church officiating. Cremation will follow and entombment will be in Fort Harrison Veterans Cemetery in Helena. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards. com.