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Hazard, Vern P. -

Vern P. Hazard

Martin - Vern passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Golden Orchards in Fennville. He was born March 8, 1929 in Kalamazoo, the son of Roy and Flora (Oullett) Hazard. Vern served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He had worked at Wilkins-Wheaton Engineering for 50 years until his retirement. Vern had also served on the Vicksburg Fire Department for many years. In his spare time Vern earned his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying small aircraft and building his plane. In 1979, at the Galesburg United Methodist Church, he married Lauren Kelly Collins, who survives. Also surviving are their children, Lynn Goodyke of Allegan, Tom Hazard of Battle Creek, Jim (Kim) Hazard of Kalamazoo, Vern Hazard Jr. of Texas, Ken(Deanna) Hazard of Kalamazoo and Laura Buxton of Gobles; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; siblings, Joseph (Lorie) Hazard, Fr. Mike Hazard, Ann (Richard) Anson and Alice (Richard) Prince along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Sharon Howes and sister, Catherine Bertholet. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 1, 2017 at St. Joseph Parish on Lake St. in Kalamazoo with Rev. Fr. Mike Hazard officiating. Burial of ashes will take place at St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Otsego. Contributions in memory of Vern may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Winkel Funeral Home
Winkel Funeral Home
207 E Allegan Street
PO Box 165
Otsego, MI 49078