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Ray Hazel

Hudson, South Dakota ~ Raymond Duane “Ray” Hazel, 76, of rural Hudson, South Dakota, passed away peacefully from complications of Parkinson’s Disease early in the morning of June 28th, at the Hudson Care and Rehab Center, where he had been residing since December of 2014.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS in Hawarden, Iowa with Rev. David Daumer officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery. A Prayer Service will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday, with visitation with the family to follow until 8:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Raymond Duane "Ray" Hazel was born July 22, 1939 at the Hudson Hospital, Hudson, South Dakota. He was the son of William and Annie (Herman) Hazel. Ray attended East View country school and then Hudson High School. He farmed with his dad after graduation.

In 1961 he was united in marriage to Marcia Hass at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hawarden Iowa. They farmed in Iowa until 1967 then they moved back to Hudson S.D. area and farmed until his health declined.

Ray was involved in many organizations throughout the years. He was a board member of the Lincoln County Pork Producers and Eden Township for many years. He also served on the Stewardship Committee at Trinity Lutheran Church and a past member of the Lincoln County Cattleman's Association.

Ray’s favorite part of farming was feeding cattle, and was awarded the "Pioneer Livestock Shipper Award" in 1994. His favorite past-time was going places with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, such as sales barns, threshing bees, county fairs, and tractor shows; they were the joy of his and Marcia's life. He also enjoyed long road vacations trips with his family.

He is survived by his wife Marcia; three sons, Russell (Anita), Mark all from Hudson and Doug (special friend Heidi) of Phoenix Arizona.; four granddaughters, Jessica (Kyle) Paulson of Hudson, South Dakota, Cassandra (Zack) DeBruin of Alcester, South Dakota, Angela Hazel (special friend John) of Kansas City, Kansas, and Kaitlyn Hazel of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and one grandson, Andrew Hazel from Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four great grandchildren and one on the way, Aleigha, Charleanna and Conrad Paulson, Haizen and "Tootles" De Bruin; two sisters, Clara Larson from Lakeville, Minnesota and Jennie West of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; sister-in-law, Lois (John) Hazel of Baltic, South Dakota; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents William and Annie, sister Nellie and her husband Sam, brother Bill and his wife Marilyn, brother Louie and his wife Garnett, brother John, and sister Wilma and her husband Harold, and nephews Vince, Paul and Jim.

Prayer Service

7:00 PM ,Thursday, June 30, 2016
Trinity Lutheran Church
1103 Central Avenue Hawarden, Iowa, Sioux 51023


7:30 - 8:30 p.m. ,Thursday, June 30, 2016
Trinity Lutheran Church
1103 Central Avenue Hawarden, Iowa, Sioux 51023

Funeral Service

10:30 a.m. ,Friday, July 1, 2016
Trinity Lutheran Church
1103 Central Avenue Hawarden, Iowa, Sioux 51023

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With sympathy in the loss of Ray, he was a kind gentle man, always had a smile to give.

Diane Van Rooyen Jun 30 2016 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about Ray's passing. Our sympathy to the family. God's blessing to all.

Glenn Larson Jun 30 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one, Ray. He was truly a great person! God be with you always.

Alice J. Wood Jun 30 2016 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Hazel family. I always enjoyed dealing with Ray in the cattle business and knowing him in personally. The You

Todd Degen Jun 30 2016 12:00 AM

I am very sorry for your loss . Losing a loved one in death is such a difficult thing to experience . Please be comforted by the promises in the Bible . Jesus tells us at John 5 : 28 , 29 that all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out . What a loving provision put in place by the God of all comfort so we can have the assured hope of seeing our dead loved ones live again one day . Meanwhile as I pray for that day to come I ask Jehovah God to bless your family and give each of you the strength to endure this most trying time .

Michelle Nelson Jun 29 2016 12:00 AM

Marcia & family,
We move out the day of the funeral, but our hearts are with you. Ray confessed Jesus as his Savior and is therefore in heaven, awaiting his resurrected body on the Last Day. We are glad Ray's long departure is over, and the peace of Jesus is yours, as well as for all the faithful. Through Christ, we have an eternity together.
In Christian love,
Pastor Bunge & family

Bunge family Jun 29 2016 12:00 AM

Thoughts a prayers to the Hazel family. Ray was a wonderful man with a big heart! He will be missed.

Genelle K (Van Wyk) Micke

Genelle Micke Jun 29 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Janet, Cliff and Clayton Sorum

Janet Sorum Jun 29 2016 12:00 AM

During this time of loss, we at AseraCare Hospice, would like to extend our condolences to you and your family. The nurses and staff at AseraCare thank you for the privilege of being able to serve you during these difficult times. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
- The AseraCare Hospice Team

AseraCare Hospice Jun 29 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I wIll keep you and your family in my thoughts & prayers. Be gentle with yourselves. Hugs. Julie

Julie Forster Jun 29 2016 12:00 AM