Jack Hazel taught family much
Mass of Christian Burial for Jack B. Hazel, 79, of Mobridge, was held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mobridge.
Burial was in Timber Lake Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Jack passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Jack was born April 27, 1934, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Jack and Ardith (Murray) Hazel.
He joined the United States Army in 1956 and received his honorable discharge in 1958.
Jack married Theresa Hulm on Dec. 26, 1960, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Timber Lake.
He dedicated his life to the grocery business. In 1972, he moved to McLaughlin to manage the Standing Rock Red Owl Store, and later was inducted into the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as an honorary member. He moved to Mobridge in 1987 and purchased and operated the Mobridge Red Owl Store until 1990. He then purchased the former Gibson’s building and opened the Mobridge Food Center. Jack retired from the grocery business in 1993. Jack worked as a freelance salesman for KOLY and later for the Mobridge Tribune.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was committed in his faith and his deep love for God. Jack reminded people many times, “Walk your talk.” He loved Mustang cars, particularly convertibles.
A great man died. He is at peace and at home with God his creator. He taught us so much about life and shaped the character of those he loved in so many ways. He taught us that family always comes first, there is nothing more important…you need to give it your all at whatever you do, don’t just do what is required, go beyond…if you are going to do something, always do it right…work hard and you will succeed…education can open many doors, but you must be honest and have a good work ethic to truly succeed…you can dislike how people act and what they do and still love the person…to be kind and considerate, especially the little people and those who are less fortunate…to maintain a sense of humor, have fun and enjoy life…be respectful to others…be grateful for what you have, there are so many others who are less fortunate…to love your wife unconditionally and with your whole heart, as he did with his wife…and finally, your actions speak louder than your words, always walk your talk. His name was passed on to his son and grandson, but his legacy lives on in all of his children, his five grandsons, and the lives of so many others that he touched. We will miss him.
Jack is survived by his wife, Theresa of Mobridge; children, Theresa (Timothy) Cyr, Jack (Carol) Hazel Jr., and Mike (Geraldine) Hazel, all from the Houston, Texas, area; grandchildren, John Hazel, Colin Hazel, Jacob Hazel, Adam Hazel and Ben Hazel; and one sister, Margaret (Donald) Knodel.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dawn (Hazel) Locken.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Mobridge Ambulance Service.