Charles Hazzard

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LEWISTOWN - Charles "Pete" Raymond Hazzard, 97, of 10368 N. U.S. Route 24 passed away at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Graham Hospital Extended Care in Canton.

He was born April 15, 1914, in Lewistown, the son of Charlie and Ane Kathinka (Rasmussen) Hazzard. He married Ruby Irwin on Aug. 23, 1943, in Pamona, Calif. She preceded him in death on Aug. 16, 2009.

They were the parents of three sons, Charles (Karen) Hazzard of Girard, Robert (Beth) Hazzard of Lewistown and Richard (Nicki) Hazzard of Lewistown; and one daughter, Christie (Jack) Meldrum of Highland Ranch, Colo. He is also survived by six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred and Mary Hazzard and Bodil Kerr; two brothers, Frank and Lawrence Hazzard; and one grandson, Nathan Edward Hazzard.

He was a 1932 graduate of Lewistown High School. After high school he worked for Jack Bath at Bath Brothers Clothing Store and at Weirauchs Green House. He then served his country as a first sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945.

Charles Hazzard was a farmer and raised Shetland ponies, Polled Shorthorns and Jersey milk cows. He was an avid mushroom hunter. He was a rural mail carrier for 31 years before retiring. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown and the Lewistown American Legion Bishop Post 1.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2011, at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown, with David Irwin officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, April 22, 2011, at the memorial home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Lewistown.

To view Charles' life tribute video or to send online condolences, visit

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 22, 2011
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