James R. Hazen, age 90, of South Whitley, IN, passed away at 2:15 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Miller's Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born on January 25, 1930 in Whitley County, he was the son of Hiram and Christabelle (Riley) Hazen.
Jim attended school in Coesse and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1948. He worked as a general contractor and marketing consultant after serving his country in the U.S. Army. Jim was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness and enjoyed trains, heavy equipment, and using tools to fix and create things.
Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Rosalie Hazen of South Whitley; step-children Cheryl (James) Yeager of South Whitley and Gary (Christina) Sutter of Columbia City; step-grandchildren Adriane (David) Copeland, Scott Yeager, Randall (Joanna) Yeager, Brooke (Ryan) Hamilton, Holly Sutter, Brad (Amy) Sutter, Ryan Kessler, and Daniel Messenger. He also has 19 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-daughter Michelle Kessler-Savant.
Due to social distancing requirements in place with the COVID-19 pandemic, family and friends can pay their final respects to Jim and his family by a drive through viewing under the portico at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 10 until 11 a.m. All people paying their respects are asked to remain in their cars at all times while in line in the funeral home parking lot.
A private service for immediate family will be held in Blue River Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Whitley County Humane Society.
Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to sign the "Tributes" page in place of signing a guest book or to leave Jim's family online condolences.
Dear Rosalie & family~
May the good Lord grant you peace & comfort in the days ahead. Hold on to your memories!
The family of Leonard “Ace” Hazen, cousin of Jim.
Your Ron and Mary Kathryn Miller nieces and nephews are very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, Aunt Rosie! God’s Peace & Comfort be with you as you mourn Jim. Know that you certainly enriched Jim’s life! Love, Jinny, Mark, Gloria, Lucia and Michael~
Taken for their 40th anniversary dinner at the Sleepy Owl.
To Rosalie and all of Jim’s family, Please accept my sincere condolences. It is true that death has its sting and it makes us sad to see them go. A verse from the Bible that has always helped me is 1 Th 4:13. It describes death as being asleep. We can look forward to the time when Jim will wake up here on a truly peaceful earth after Armageddon.
May God give you strength in this time of grief and fond memories of
James Riley Hazen, CCHS Alumni Class of 1948.
The Alumni of CCHS extends sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers
to James family.
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