Paul D. Hazen, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at his home.
He was born Nov. 13, 1924 at Odense, Kan. to George & Idella (Beggs) Hazen.
He married Betty Lee Kempke Aug. 16, 1944 at the home of his parents at Erie, Kan. She died Nov. 1, 1996.He then married Helen Sanders January 19, 2001 at Great Bend, where they made their home.
He grew up in southeast Kansas, moving to Lorraine, Kan., in 1942. He and Betty first lived in Erie, and moved to Kansas City where he worked as a mechanic. In 1945, they moved to Holyrood, Kan., where Hazen was self-employed in the oil business and also worked as a licensed television repairman. The family moved to Ellinwood in 1964 where he began working for Kaiser Francis Oil Company and later Phillips Petroleum. He owned and operated Hazen Oil Company until his retirement in 1981.
Hazen was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Great Bend.
He is survived by his wife Helen Hazen, of the home; two sons, Donald “Doc” Hazen and his wife Carol of Fort Myers, Fla., and Keith Hazen and his wife Beth of Dodge City; one daughter, Connie Roth and her husband John of Ellinwood, Kan.; one step-daughter: Cheryl Matas of Orange, Calif.; two step-sons, Daniel Sanders of Sterling, Colo., and Donald Sanders of Great Bend; two brothers, Robert Hazen and his wife Janice of Holden, Mo., and Ralph Hazen and his wife Bonnie of Mount Airy, N.C.; two sisters, Ethel Markham of Erie, Kan., and Shirley Spousta and her companion Ed Ford of Belton, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Sharlene Kay Yager; two brothers, Harold Hazen and Bernard "Buck" Hazen; and two sisters, Georgia Judy and Helen Louise Hazen.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at Bryant Funeral Home. Visitation will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at the funeral home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend with Father Don Bedore presiding.
Interment will be at Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery, Ellinwood, Kan.
Memorials are suggested to Kans for Kids or Prince of Peace Parish, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.