Lee Hazen

 Lee Junior Hazen, age, 96, of Missouri Valley, Iowa passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Lee was born March 2, 1923 in Union County, Iowa to Rufus Frank and Anna C. (Huddleson) Hazen. He had 8 younger brothers and sisters, Earl, Shirley, Donnie, Levinne, LaVonne, Bernice, Dorothy and Janet. After graduation in 1942, he went into the Army Air Corp and went to war. They got shot down over Germany on their 26th mission. They were taken prisoners and sent to a Prisoner of War camp for one year. When the allies were winning, they were sent on a forced march, where many men died. They were found by Canadian Forces and sent home. He married Lorene E. Schroeder in 1947 at the Cross Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. They had four children, Kathryn, Larry, Randy and Jill, 10 grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Lee retired from the Post Office. He and Lorene worked at the Timothy Lutheran Church doing various activities throughout their lives. He lived with Randy and Patti for 15 plus years and later moved to Longview Assisted Living Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa, where he passed away.

Lee was proceeded in death by parents Anne and Frank Hazen, wife, Lorene Hazen, siblings: Earl Hazen, Shirley Doan, Levinne Badgerow, Lavonne Oshel, Dorothy Jones, Donnie Hazen and Janet Bissell and many aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his children: Kathryn LeBreton of St. Albans, Maine, Randy Hazen and wife Patti of Magnolia, Iowa, Jill Palmer and husband Philip of Council Bluffs, Iowa, grandchildren: April Carmichael, James LeBreton, Tiffini Dunn, Nicolas Hazen, Jacub Hazen, Curtis Hazen, Drew Hazen, Bryce Messinger, Dustin Messinger, Elizabeth Evans, sister: Bernice Arey of Highland Ranch, Colorado.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at Hennessey.

In Loving Memory of Lee J. Hazen

Born March 2, 1923 , Zion, Iowa  

Entered into Rest September 15, 2019, Missouri Valley, Iowa

Funeral Service: 10:00 am, Saturday, September 21, 2019, Hennessey Funeral Home, Missouri Valley, Iowa

Officiating: Pastor Michael J. Petri

Music Selections: “Rock of Ages”;  “Amazing Grace”; “What a Friend”; “Going Home”; “Take My Life and Let Me Be”

Honorary Casket Bearers:

Drew Hazen, Kenny Jorgenson, Dale Keilon, Carl Schroeder, Ralph Brueggeann, Winston Kingory, Fred Sapienza,  Ralph Marcan

Casket Bearers:  Jacub Hazen, Curtis Hazen, Nick Hazen, James LeBreton, Dustin Messinger, Bryce Messinger

Final Resting Place:  Orient Cemetery, Orient, Iowa, 2:00 pm




  • marge stirtz Posted September 16, 2019 7:11 pm

    Lee was a wonderful person and I am very pleased to have known him s a friend

  • marge stirtz Posted September 16, 2019 7:13 pm

    Lee was a wonderful person and I am very happy to been acquainted with him.

  • Joshua Posted September 17, 2019 12:09 pm

    My thoughts are with Lee’s family. It is so painful thing to lose someone, yet no one else can really know all that you feel except our Heavenly Father. He knows and feels your pain. He calls death an enemy and promises to remove it forever, Isaiah 25:8 “And he will swallow up death forever…” He also promised to wake up all our loved ones, in the memorial tombs, from death (Isaiah 26:19). What joy it will be to see our loved ones again and to enjoy life as our Creator purposed (Psalms 145:16). I  hope these words give all of you comfort.

  • Skyler Criss Posted September 18, 2019 5:08 pm

    Lee was a wonderful man. WWII hero POW. It was a privilege to have known him.

  • Julie Rekieta Posted September 21, 2019 12:37 pm

    We will miss Lee and his adventures and the stories about his life. His kindness and generosity will be what I think of when I remember him. I wish I could be there to say goodbye <3

  • Allen and Vanna Downey Posted September 21, 2019 4:18 pm

    He will be greatly missed by many. He was a special person.

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