Vern P. Hazard

Vern P. Hazard

Vern passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Golden Orchards in Fennville.

He was born March 8, 1929 in Kalamazoo, the son of Roy and Flora (Oullett) Hazard. Vern served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He had worked at Wilkins-Wheaton Engineering for 50 years until his retirement. Vern had also served on the Vicksburg Fire Department for many years. In his spare time Vern earned his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying small aircraft and building his plane. In 1979, at the Galesburg United Methodist Church, he married Lauren Kelly Collins, who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Lynn Goodyke of Allegan, Tom Hazard of Battle Creek, Jim (Kim) Hazard of Kalamazoo, Vern Hazard Jr. of Texas, Ken(Deanna) Hazard of Kalamazoo and Laura Buxton of Gobles; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; siblings, Joseph (Lorie) Hazard, Fr. Mike Hazard, Ann (Richard) Anson and Alice (Richard) Prince along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Sharon Howes and sister, Catherine Bertholet.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the St. Joseph Parish on Lake Street in Kalamazoo with Rev. Fr. Mike Hazard officiating.

Burial of ashes will take place at St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Vern may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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  1. Jim Hazard says:

    I will miss you very much father. You and mother were the greatest parents a kid good could have. Thank you for showing us kids that life is about looking for the goodness in people and having faith in God to help us through the hard times. You sure were a fun father!

  2. Treesa Haist says:

    Kelly, Laura

    So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.


  3. Bob Renauld says:

    Rest in peace Vern. St. Joe and St. A classmate from long, long ago.

  4. Taylor R. says:

    Anytime spent with vern was cherished by me and my fellow coworkers. Although all of my residents are well loved, vern held a very special spot in my heart. There’s just some people that we connect and form an unbreakable bond with. I spent more time with vern than probably any other one of my residents and it’s probably due to his hilarious nature. Vern could always cheer me up with one word. Whenever I would walk in to the facility I would say hey handsome! And he would put his hands out grab mine pull me in real close kiss my hands and say something off the wall. I think that’s how he remembered me because I would always say those exact words to him. I was a constant in his life and he knew who I was. I will forever miss vern, it has not been the same at work without him. At times when it is quiet at night I can still hear him screaming for kelly and his mom. I am comfortable to know he is finally at peace and no longer hurting. But man do I miss him. The hazard family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  5. Dan and Julie Andrus says:

    Kelly, Dan and I are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We are out on vacation or we would be there Saturday.

  6. Lynne (Hines) PPrice says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to Tom,
    Lynn, Jim, Vern & Ken. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Pauls entire family. One of the Leon Avenue Kids

  7. ~Bill and Janice Thompson says:

    … Kelly and Family,
    Our heartfelt thoughts ,prayers and deepest condolences. Paul was our neighbor for 39 years and always loved our beloved dog, Daphne. He would take care of her when we were out of town.
    May our Lord God hold all of you in his loving arms …

  8. Michael Holt says:

    Vern, Kathy and I love you and Alex, and are sorry for your loss. We pray God’s grace, mercy and wisdom covers you during this time of bereavement.

  9. Chris White says:

    Thoughts and prayers to all family and friends.

  10. Shirley Shane and Family says:

    With sympathy and prayers…

  11. Christine bjurstrom says:

    Vern you where my favorite person to take care of I will miss you and the time you told me I was beautiful after I helped you to bed rest in peace

  12. Alice Comai says:

    Kelly, just learned of Verns passing. Iàm sorry for your loss.
    Please remember God felt it was his time and now he is in Gods
    arms. No longer. In pain and looking over you.
    You and your family are in my prayers
    Alice Comai

  13. William Maze says:

    I’m going to miss you “Mr. Grinch!” At the start, you didn’t like me or anyone around, but then you came around. I miss drinking Diet Pepsi or Diet Mountain Dew on the front porch, just breathing the air and chewing the fat. You had so many stories, as did I. All of us above me listed know you are in a great place, and that’s HOME! You made it. I know you’re making fun of or showing your comedy side that you had. You asked me once to finish the plane, but I kept telling you I have no clue about planes but that beautiful Bombardier engine. You asked me to fly it with you…….. But now you’re flying with the rest of the angels in heaven my friend. I’ll do my best to get up there where you, and the rest of my friends and family are…. heaven….. I love you Mr. Hazard

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