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Lowell Edward Hasel

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NEWPORT NEWS - Lowell Edward Hasel was born to Frederick Christopher and Ada Louise (Hebler) Hasel on September 5th, 1923 in Lemoyne (near Bowling Green), Ohio. On May 1, 2014, Lowell was given the victory over sin and death by our Lord Jesus Christ and is now numbered among the Saints Triumphant. He was received into God's family through Holy Baptism and confirmed in Zion Lutheran Church in Luckey, Ohio. He remained Lutheran all his life. Lowell began the first twelve years of his formal education at Webster Township School in Ohio. With him since the first grade was a little girl, Betty Pope, who would twenty years later become his bride. He studied piano and began organ lessons through his sister-in-law, an accomplished organist. He continued his organ studies through the Lutheran Student Association in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He would use this talent frequently in school, as well as later in the church. In high school, he was a drum major in the marching band and a percussionist in the concert band. He was an honor student and senior class valedictorian. Airplanes and building models were a childhood interest. In September 1941 he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Michigan. There he was a member of the Tau Beta Phi honorary engineering fraternity. He was also a member of the University Chapter of the Lutheran Student Association and served as its president in his senior year. In the spring of 1944 he was recruited by NACA (later NASA) and on June 15th of that year he began his thirty-six year career at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, where he specialized in supersonic aerodynamic research. Travel was frequent to other NASA Centers, commercial companies, and for lecture requests. Memorable was the request to represent NASA by presenting a paper at a conference of AGARD in Stavanger, Norway. Part of this official trip was a visit to the British Center for Research in Aerospace in London. Locally he served on boards responsible for the selection of companies to build new military aircraft in America. On April 23, 1949, Lowell and his lifetime friend Betty Ruth Pope were united in marriage at the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio. The Reverend Henry Yoder of Ann Arbor performed the ceremony, assisted by the Reverend Donald Duncan. Dedicated to his Christian beliefs, Lowell used his talents in teaching Adult Bible School, singing in choir and serving as organ substitute. He served on Council, as treasurer and as a member of Worship and Music Committees, and as Head Usher and on building committees for Trinity Lutheran and Reformation Lutheran Churches in Newport News. At the latter, he was pianist and choir director. His yard and garden were his "golf course." His rose garden produced many bouquets for church receptions and weddings and rose shows. Those who celebrate Lowell's life are his childhood special friend and wife of 65 years, Betty; son, Karl (Janice) of Manchester, CT; daughter, Kay of Newport News, VA; four grandchildren, Eric (Michelle) Hasel of Stafford Springs, CT, Julie (Joseph) Guerreiro of New Bedford, MA, Parker Asher of Washington, DC, Taylor (Lisa) Asher of Germantown, MD; three great grandchildren, Adeline Rose Guerreiro of New Bedford, MA, Cole and Ava Marie Hasel of Stafford Springs, CT and several nieces and nephews in Ohio. His parents, brother Marion, and sister Lois preceded him in death. The family would like to thank the many caregivers who entered Lowell's life supplying in-home care and love, especially Anne, Tiara, and Destiny, and to the staff at Mennowood Retirement Community for their attention and comfort at the end of his life. The service of celebration will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6807 River Road, Newport News, on Tuesday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m., led by Pastor Guy. Immediately following the service, the family will receive all guests at a reception to be held in the church library. Inurnment will be private in the Memorial Garden and Columbarium at Trinity Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to EDMARC, 516 London Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 or to Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 6807 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607. Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to
Published in Daily Press from May 2 to May 4, 2014
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