Francis “Shorty” Hazel, 91

Posted May 21, 2013 at 1:42 am


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Francis “Shorty” Hazel, 91

Francis “Shorty” Hazel, 91, of Akron passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Touchstone Living Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Akron. Reverend Jean Morse will officiate. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Craig, Iowa with military rites conducted by the Hoschler American Legion Post 186 of Akron. Visitation will resume from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

Francis L. (Shorty) Hazel was born December 5, 1921, in Le Mars, IA, to Joseph P. and Clara (Kolker) Hazel.

He attended St. Joseph Catholic grade school and Le Mars Central high school. He was employed by the Le Mars Globe Post as a newspaper carrier while attending grade school. He also worked as a gardener’s helper for the late Dalton family, well known Le Mars bankers, a caddy at the Le Mars golf course and a projectionist for the March Brother’s theaters in Le Mars.

During his high school years he worked as a printer’s devil and later took his printer’s apprenticeship at the Globe Post under the guidance of his two uncles, Harold and Larry Kolker.

He entered the army in June 1942 and served as a radio operator with the field artillery in the Philippine Islands, serving with a division of the Philippine army. After his discharge in December 1945, he returned to the Globe Post and later became shop foreman.

He married Velgene L. Gronemeyer on June 6, 1947, in Le Mars where they made their home until August of 1974. Together they had three children, Diane (Larry) Jensen of Overland Park, KS, Randy Hazel of Alta, IA and Lori Hazel-Horton of Sioux City. He went to work for the Sioux City Journal in 1953, where he employed until 1972, when he became manager of the Akron Register-Tribune and a member of Good News Inc., owners of the newspaper. He continued his career in the newspaper field until September 1993 when both he and Velgene retired. Velgene passed away December 15, 1994.

Shorty enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching any and all sports, golfing, shooting pool, playing cards, bingo and camping. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, past member of Akron Chamber of Commerce and Akron Lions.

He is survived by his children, his grandchildren Troy Jensen of Denver, CO, David Hazel of Colorado Springs, CO, Dan Hazel of Longmont, CO, Brett Jensen of Overland Park, KS, Nick Hazel and his wife Lindsay of Ankeny, IA and Kara Hill and her husband Jason of Portland, OR, six great-grandchildren, Avery, Alexsis and Matthew Hazel of Longmont, CO, Ava Hazel of Colorado Springs, CO, Gavin Hazel of Ankeny, IA and Everett Hill of Portland, OR and another great grandson due in August, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Wendell and Carmen Gronemeyer of St James, MN, brother-in-law Leonard Wiltgen, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Velgene; his brother Roman Hazel and his wife Marjorie, sisters-in-law Loris Heeren, Velma Wiltgen, brothers-in-law Lyle Gronemeyer, Gene Gabel, Herman Heeren and Rudy Dreckman

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