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Rev. John Eugene Hasel, 90, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, under the loving care of his family and Cornerstone Hospice.
Born September 28, 1922 in Cincinnati, OH to Fred and Ruth Hasel, he graduated from Franklin College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. While there, he met and married his wife of 63 years, Arlena Pearl Smith Hasel, who preceded him in death.
An ordained Baptist minister, Rev. Hasel had a church in Villa Grove, IL, before pastoring Oakley Baptist Church in Cincinnati, OH, for 35 years until hs retirement in 1987. He has lived in Clermont, FL for the past 25 years and has been active in both 1st Baptist Church of Clermont and Fellowship Church of Winter Springs, FL.
Beside his wife, he is preceded in death by a granddaughter Christina Hasel. He is survived by sons David E. Hasel (Zsuzsa) of New Britain, PA, and Steve Hasel of Clermont, FL, and daughters Joy Hasel Baumler (Ron) of Hamburg, NY, and Jude Hasel Davis of Center Sandwich, NH. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Rev. Hasel will be interred at Vine St. Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Clermont. The family will receive friends before the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Jan. 27, 2013