Robert Arthur Hazel, age 86, of Clay Lick Road, Jeffersonville, Kentucky, passed away Friday, July 9, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Born June 6, 1935, in Elyria, Ohio, he was the son of the late Adelbert Hazel and Florence May Hecock Hazel. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis E. Hazel.
Robert is survived by his wife, Susan Graham Hazel, and three daughters: Susan Stafford, Lydia MacKenzie, and Brandy McCarty (Jason), all of Jeffersonville, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Branden Neal, Megan Ison (Jerry), and Morgan McCarty; two great-grandchildren, Trenton Powers and Andrew Ison; one brother, Donald Hazel (Ellen) of Tipp City, Ohio; and a half-sister, Debbie Race of Tampa, Florida.
Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force 28 years, 6 months, and 12 days, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel on June 5, 1987. He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal With One Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Force Commendation; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Combat Readiness Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon With One Silver and One Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; and Air Force Training Ribbon. He was particularly honored to have taught at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. Robert was a pilot, enjoyed flying his own private plane, and had a lifelong passion for all kinds of aeronautical devices. He had great love for family and doted on his cats, dogs, and donkeys.
A graveside service celebrating his life will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Michael Anderson officiating. Full military honors will be presented by Morehead American Legion Post 126. Legion members will serve as pallbearers.
Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
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