Leonard N. Hazen: 1933 – 2010

Hazen, Leonard_0001Leonard N. Hazen, 76, a resident of Churubusco and well-known accountant and community leader, passed away at 9:24 p. m. on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at the family residence in Smith Township following an extended illness.

Mr. Hazen was born on October 24, 1933 in Smith Township, a son of Chalmer M. and Mildred I. (Linvill) Hazen, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1951.

On January 26, 1952 he was married in Churubusco to Mary Ann Gross.  The couple spent all of their married lives in the Churubusco-area, and had lived at their present home in Smith Township for the past 30 years.

Employed as an auditor for the Indian State Board of Accounts, he retired from there in 1994 after 24 years.  He was also engaged in private client tax preparation for many years.

In addition to to his professional and family responsibilities, his life was marked by memberships and active participation in a variety of areas.  He was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church, where he served in a variety of administrative and leadership capacities over the years.  He was a 50-year member, past worshipful master and past treasurer of Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM; was a 50-year member and past patron of Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star 136; was a member of Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne; was past treasurer of Friends of Epworth Forest; served on the board and was past treasurer of the Churubusco Public Library; and was past president of the Churubusco High School Alumni Association.

In his leisure time he enjoyed traveling and jogging, and most especially was a dedicated person to God, his family, his church, and to his friends.

The surviving relatives include his wife Mary Ann, to whom he was married for over 58 years; two children Huey (Dianna) Hazen of Churubusco and Karla (Neal) Hart of Kendallville; his brother Michael E. (Bonnie) Hazen of Churubusco; four grandchildren Chelsey (Eric) Shilling and Dan Hart, both of Fort Wayne, Paul (Becky) Rennaker of Churubusco, and Melissa (Ken Kruse) Buesching of Fort Wayne; and several step-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, in the Churubusco United Methodist Church, with Pastor Corinne K. Boruff, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.  Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM will conduct memorial services at 8 p. m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

Interment will be in the Round Lake Cemetery, Whitley County.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Churubusco United Methodist Church, 750 N. Main St., Churubusco, IN  46723; or to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN  46204.


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16 Responses to “Leonard N. Hazen: 1933 – 2010”

  1. Larry and Kathy Shively Says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Leonard’s death. He was an amaizing man who always had a smile on his face. I have very fond memories of him. Prayers to all of you for the days and weeks ahead.

  2. Myrna Geyer Bailey Says:

    Mary Ann,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Leonard. I did not know him well but he always seemed to have a smile. I am sure he was a wonderful Husband, Father and Grandfather and will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Tim and Lisa Fensler Says:

    Mary Ann,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if you need anything.

    Tim and Lisa Fensler
    and the staff of
    Shear Creations

  4. Bob & Karen Lahr Says:

    Our sympathies to your family. Our prayers and thoughts to all of you in the coming days.

  5. Paul & Chris Newman-Jacobs Says:

    Leonard was so giving, fun, clever and he cared for others and acted as a mentor to younger persons including myself. He was a great Christian and I will never forget his help and strength. He didn’t look for credit or praise. He will be greatly missed. Mary Ann – God is with you. I know his failing was hard to see. Take care of yourself and let others show their love and care to you.
    Love, Paul


    We are sorry to hear of Leonard’s death. Our thoughts and prayers will
    be for all of the family as you remember and celebrate his life loved
    by many.

  7. Alice Stiffner Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Leonard’s passing. He was quite a character and seemed to always pick on me but I LOVED IT!!! Thank you Karla and Neal for allowing me to be a part of your dad and your mom’s lives……I am a better person for having known them. The next several weeks will be hard but you know he is with Jesus right now and has no pain or sorrow…….the life he lived on earth has given him that reward. God bless all of you…

  8. Eddie & Diane Jones Says:

    Mary Ann & Family.
    We are so sorry for your loss, we know Leonard will be greatly missed by his family and those that were close to all of you. The smile he always had on his face said everything. Your and your family are in our thoughts and prayers,
    Eddie & Diane Jones

  9. Wes & Janice Says:

    Friends in all things. In his passing you can be assured he has created a path to heaven for all of us to follow. We love you Mary Ann, please in the days and weeks ahead feel free to call us at any time……Thank You LORD JESUS for this great gentelman and blessing be on the Hazen Family.

    Wes & Janice Ambriole

  10. WilaDeane (Butler) Burns Says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you. from Mr. Bill and Rose Gaham.(Diane and Huey will remember them from karoke.

  11. Ellen (Gilbert) Jefferies Says:

    Karla and Huey, I am so very Sorry to hear about the loss of your Precious Dad. Just want you to know I am Thinking of you and Praying for you in this sad time. He is safe with Jesus now. God Bless, Ellen (Gilbert) Jefferies

  12. Darlene Shively Clevenger Says:

    My sympathy goes out to Mary Ann, Huey and Karla. What a wonderful father, husband and friend of all. I will never forget how supportive and kind Leonard & Mary Ann were to Betty Zeedyk and family. I know I speak for Brook as well. Heaven has gained an awesome loved one. He will be forever in our hearts.

  13. Kevin & Beth Leitch Says:

    Dear Mary Ann, Huey, and Karla,

    We wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you all at this difficult time and we´ll remember all of your family in our prayers. Leonard was always a very cheery guy and always made you smile; most likely he´s telling jokes now to Tinker, Nony, Cal, and Betty. I (Beth) remember all those years as our back neighbor.

    Kevin and Beth

  14. Jen and Roger Schinbeckler Says:

    We are sorry to hear of Leonard’s passing. He was a great person. He always had a smile on his face.I have many memories of his work at the UM church in Busco. He was a very caring and kind person. Our prayers are with you all.

  15. Kerry and Barbara Boggs Says:

    Dear Mary Ann, Huey,and Karla,
    We just heard of Leanard’s passing. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time and in the weeks to come. I don’t think I ever saw Leanard without that fabulous smile on his face. He touched many through his genuine kindness. May your sadness at his passing be replaced by wonderful memories.
    Kerry and Barb

  16. Bill, Stevia Webster and Dottie Carroll Says:

    Dear Mary Ann and family,
    We were so sorry to read about Leonard–he was a sweet man and wonderful christian. Our thoughts have been with you and wished we could have been with you on Monday and/or Tuesday. We had doctor appointments and they are hard to reschedual. Called Dottie and she asked me to convey her thought and prayers to you.
    God Bless you today and the days to come. We know you have a lot of support in your faith, family and friends.
    Love, Bill, Stevia and Dottie

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