Robert Hazen
Robert Hazen

Obituary of Robert Hazen

Rev. Dr. D. D. Robert Hazen, born December 6, 1923 to John and Anna (Terry) Hazen in Ashland County, Ohio. One mile north of the village of Mifflin. He Passed away on February 25, 2021. He is predeceased by his wife Dorothy who died in 2002, and son Harry who died in 1995. He received his elementary education in Mifflin, Ohio and rural area southwest of Belleville, Ohio. He is a graduate of Belleville High School in 1941 and a graduate of Anderson College and Theological Seminary in Anderson, Indiana in 1950. He married Dorothy Bryant in 1943 and they had two children, Sharon and Harry. He leaves to mourn his passing, daughter Sharon Hazen of Camrose; grandson William McAfee (Melody) of Camrose and great-granddaughters Danielle and Michelle McAfee. Beginning in 1943 Robert and Dorothy pastored eight different congregations. Twice with two circuits. They felt called to help struggling churches gain some degree of stability. Concluding with starting a brand-new church in Seymour, Indiana. Later they pastored in Bloomington, Indiana and Lansing, Michigan. During his 18 year pastorate in Lansing, Pastor Hazen distinguished himself by pioneering Work Camps throughout the Caribbean and North America. In 1977 Pastor Hazen accepted the Presidency of Alberta Bible Institute later to become Gardner College. While President he was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. Pastor Hazen retired in 1989 from Gardner College. In retirement he gave leadership to the Deer Valley Meadows Church Camp and mentored a number of Pastors and giving care to Dorothy in her declining years. Daughter Sharon returned to give care to both Dorothy and Robert. In June 2019, Bob became critically ill with a very low hemoglobin and spent two weeks at the U of A Hospital (we almost lost him) plus three months at St. Mary’s Hospital, transferred to Wetaskiwin Hospital, resided one month then was placed in Bethany Meadows Oak Long Term Care facility. He really enjoyed the people at Bethany. They were like family and they liked him. Our family would like to thank the staff for their love and care, and extreme kindness and gentleness to Dad during his stay, especially during the time of his palliative Care. God Bless You! Due to the pandemic restrictions, a live stream funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 8, 2021. Please click this link for the live stream https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz-TqJbYuJnkyxqy-e3fzjg Friends and community are invited to drive in the church parking lot and tune their car radios to 93.1 FM to listen to the funeral service. If you choose to do this, you must stay in your vehicle with your windows shut and refrain from entering the church building. Memorial gifts to Deer Valley Meadows Camp, earmarked for Prayer and Meditation Sites Development would be deeply appreciated.
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