James Overton Hazen
James O. "Jim" Hazen, 91, formerly of Grimes, passed from this life on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. In agreement with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service celebrating Jim's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, at First Presbyterian Church, located at 410 S.E. Third Street in Grimes, where the family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service. Private committal services will take place at a later date.
James was born on February 4, 1923, in What Cheer, Iowa, to Desear Leach and Violet Ruth (Bickford) Hazen. On June 10, 1945, he married Zella "Pauline" Kitzmann, in Malcom, IA and to this union, two children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren were born. Jim and Pauline lived in What Cheer until June of 1964, when they made their home in Grimes. He was formerly employed as Manager with What Cheer Clay Products and in 1987, retired as Plant Supervisor/Foreman of the Canning Process Unit with Mrs. Grimes - Beaver Valley Canning Company. Jim was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Grimes, of which he served as Deacon and Elder. He enjoyed gardening, fixing bicycles and lawnmowers, and practical jokes. He loved being the Director of Last Call for 'Happy Hour'. Jim was always very kind, courteous and helpful to others; he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Pauline Hazen of Clive; son, J. Brent (Margo) Hazen of Lompoc, CA; daughter, Melinda (Frank) Paul of Urbandale; brother, Bobby Dee Hazen (Deana Jo Shull) of Apache Junction, AZ; two sisters-in-law, Louise Bos and Enid (Donald) Phillips both of What Cheer, IA; two grandchildren, Blake (Jennifer) Hazen of Lompoc and Kendra (Doug) Parker of Ankeny; three great-grandchildren, Emma and Jayden Hazen and Kaedyn Parker; and several nieces and nephews, including, Lisa Dawn Hazen of What Cheer. Jim was preceded into eternal life by his by parents; one grandchild, Bryon Hazen; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Hazen; one niece, Lori Lynn Hazen; and one nephew, Anthony Todd Hazen.
In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Grimes.
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