Robert G. Hazel

April 6, 1922February 14, 2013

Robert Grady Hazel passed away peacefully on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013 at the age of 90, a sweet man on a sweet day. He was born on April 26, 1922, in Jennings, LA, the son of James Cecil Hazel and Thelma Iglehart Hazel. He was a true gentleman who loved the Lord and his family. He touched countless lives, and all who knew him felt his gentle ways and his kind heart and sweet smile. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Betty Louise Campbell Hazel, his son Grady Robert Hazel and daughter-in-law Cindy Hile Hazel of Baton Rouge, and his son James Alfred Hazel and daughter-in-law Marileen (Katya) Cole Hazel of Fort Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his four granddaughters and their spouses: Kelly Hazel King and husband Lynn King, and Ashley Hazel Istre and husband Chad Istre, all of Baton Rouge. Also Anna Hazel Crotty and husband Shane Crotty, and Lisa Hazel Schattman and wife Martha Marguerite Schattman , all of San Diego, California. He leaves six great-grandchildren: Parker James and Olivia Ashley King, and Camille Leigh and Jack Grady Istre, all of Baton Rouge. Also Eleanor Grace and James Patrick Crotty of San Diego, California. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Hazel Deal of Dumfries, Virginia and her two children, Bill and Libby. Also two sisters-in-law, Marguerite Campbell Carter and Ava Jo Hazel McBride and their children. The family especially wants to thank Bridget Dunn, his loving caregiver for the last two years. He leaves many nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends. All considered him mentor and friend. He graduated from LSU Baton Rouge with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He was a member of R.O.T.C. and was commissioned as an officer into the United States Army in 1942. He married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Louise Hazel, the same year on December 20. He served in Europe for the duration of World War II as an artillery spotter in Germany and France. He worked for years at Gulf Oil in Port Arthur, Texas, then at Kelite Corporation in Lake Charles and Beaumont. In 1958, he accepted a position with John Crane Packing Company and moved the family to Baton Rouge. In 1984, he retired from Crane after 25 years and began a long career as a Financial Advisor with A.G.Edwards, later Wachovia and then Wells Fargo Advisors. He was Co-Manager of the Baton Rouge office. He retired in 2009 after 25 years. He and his family joined Broadmoor Baptist Church in 1958. He served in many leadership positions over the years, including serving as Chairman of the Trustees and as a Deacon. His faith in Christ sustained him throughout his long life, and his Broadmoor Baptist Church family gave him great joy. He loved the game of golf, and was quite accomplished, winning many amateur tournaments in his life and was a scratch golfer at one time. He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club International. He officiated at many high school and college football games. The highlight of his officiating career was serving as Referee for the 1979 Tangerine Bowl between LSU and Wake Forest. He was the Head of Officials for the Gulf States Football Conference. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Cecil Hazel and Thelma Iglehart Hazel of Jennings, LA, and his brother James Cecil (Jack) Hazel. Memorial Service will be held in Baton Rouge at Broadmoor Baptist Church on Goodwood Boulevard on Monday, February 18 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 17 from 6-8 p.m. at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Florida Boulevard. Interment will be in Jennings, LA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be sent to Broadmoor Baptist Church on Goodwood Boulevard or Family of Faith, 10748 Perkins Road.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 17, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, February 18, 2013

Robert G. Hazel

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Sterling Core

February 28, 2013

Dear Hazel Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. The Hazel and Core families were great friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sterling & Liz Core

David & Priscilla Pinckard

February 23, 2013

Bob was a sincere individual who helped many people through there life struggles as evidenced by the young workers he supported in many ways as manager of Crane Packing's (John Crane Inc.) Baton Rouge facility. I knew of Bob before arriving in 1974 to work under him and he proved to be my mentor and I adopted his “calmness” for dealing with work and life situations. I worked with him several years before moving to other locations however all John Crane sites knew of Bob Hazel!

I could write quite a few comments however one memory I recall was Bob's routine lunch: Peanut butter, Nabisco Saltine Crackers & one 6.5oz Coca Cola!
Also I had no idea Bob would still be working when I took retirement from John Crane!
It has been a few years since last seeing Bob at a LSU basketball game however my niece (Leila Pitchford) attended church with him and kept me updated.

While he has left us here he still lives through many people.

Russell Beck

February 21, 2013

Bob was a wonderful, fine gentleman. He always had a word of encouragement, and his experience in a life of business was priceless. The world was a better place with him in it! Bless you, Bob, and your Family. Russ & Sue Beck, your old friends from A.G. Edwards.

Don Eisenberg

February 20, 2013

To all of Mr. Hazel's family and friends,
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one and our alumnus. We are most grateful for all that he did to support deserving Engineering students here and other LSU Organizations. Our thoughts and sympathies are certainly with you. On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of the LSU College of Engineering and Dr. Richard J. Koubek, Dean, and Dr. George Z. Voyiadjis, Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Jo Collier

February 19, 2013

Grady & Cindy,
I was sorry to hear about Mr. Hazel's passing. He was a true gentleman in every respect. I still have a photo of myself with him recieving a trophy when I was younger!! May you both cherish the great memories that you had together with him. God Bless..

February 18, 2013

To all Bob's family I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to you in his passing. I knew him for so many years and always thought of him with the highest regard. He was a very kind man and a true gentleman. Russ Gaudin

Stan Watson

February 18, 2013

Our prayers for comfort to the family. Met Mr. Hazel when I 1st moved to Baton Rouge in 1982 through Grady and Cindy. He was a model to live by.

Graydon & Iris Walker

February 18, 2013

So sorry for you loss. We are praying for the family.

February 18, 2013

Betty and Grady,

I am so sorry to hear about Bob and even more sorry that I haven't seen him or you for many years. I will always have very fond memories of the many football games we worked together and the rounds of golf at the member guest tournaments at Briarwood.

I will be out of town and not be able to see you during the memorial service. You have my deepest sympathy.

Mac Buhler

February 18, 2013

Sending sincere sympathy to all the family. Bob was a good friend to my husband and me. I am so sorry for the loss.
Faye (Wayne) Morrison