Howard E. Hazelton
RICHFIELD SPRINGS _ Howard E. Hazelton, age 78, of Linden Avenue, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, Dec. 19, 2010, in Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.
He was born on June 12, 1932, in Richfield Springs, son of the late Albert W. and Edna M. Ames Hazelton. He was raised and educated in Richfield Springs.
On Dec. 28, 1949, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He proudly served his country until his honorable discharge on Oct. 28, 1953, with the rank of Staff Sgt. While stationed in California, he met Maggie I. Gentry and they were married on June 1, 1951, at the Hamilton Air Force Base. They shared a union of 47 years until her passing on Dec. 9, 1998.
For over 30 years he worked as a licensed electrician for I.B.E.W. now Local 43, retiring in 1992.
Howard was honored to be a life member of the American Legion Post 616, Richfield Springs. He was past post-commander of both Richfield Springs and the Otsego County American Legion as past county chaplain. He served as president of the Richfield Vets Club for several years and was instrumental in securing the current location of the Veterans club and helped with many of the community outreach programs.
Howard will always be remembered as a proud, loyal and sincere man who would lend a helping hand to those truly in need. He will be greatly missed.
Surviving are his sons, Howard Hazelton II (and wife, Lois) of Greenbush, David Hazelton (and wife, Karen) of Windfall, Ind., William Hazelton of Chadwicks; two daughters, Beth Newman (and Marc) of Peyton, Colo., and Denise Lohnas (and Bradley) of Gloversville; one brother, Robert Hazelton (and wife, Frances) of Richfield Springs; two sisters, Helen Stephens (and Roy) of Ellsworth, Kan., and Rosalie Hazelton of Cooperstown; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, and wife, Maggie, he was preceded in death by a son, Allen Hazelton; a daughter, Mary Kenney; two brothers, Charles and Albert; and a grandson, Christopher Hazelton.
A military graveside service will be held in Lakeview Cemetery next spring. There will be no calling hours.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Mr. Hazelton to the American Legion Vets Club, P.O. Box 686, Richfield Springs, or a charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.