Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 13th, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee. Pastor Tom Lewis will officiate. Burial will be in the Marcus-Amherst Cemetery at Marcus. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the church on Saturday. Visitation will be on Friday from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. with the family present from
6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
Kermit was born on June 14, 1914 on a farm near Remsen to Louis T. and Deborah (Means) Hazen. He attended Meadow #1 School and graduated from Marcus High School in 1932. He attended Real Estate School in Centerville, Iowa and Sales Training Course in Libertyville, Illinois. He was a bank teller at Mutual National Bank in Chicago. While in Chicago, he met his future wife, Kathryn Hlad and they were united in marriage on June 5, 1943 at the Lawndale Baptist Church in Chicago.
In the fall of 1943, the couple returned to Iowa and Kermit farmed near Cleghorn for 25 years and also enjoyed working with the different livestock on the farm. In 1971, they moved to Corydon, Iowa to farm, and Kermit obtained his Real Estate license while in Corydon. He also worked for Wayne Feed Co. and as a real estate agent for Decatur Corp. in Corydon, and he retired on March 23, 1990.
Kermit was a member of the First Church of Christ in Cherokee and a former member of the Christian Church in Loami, Illinois where he was an Elder, and was also active in the Christian Church in both Corydon and Cleghorn. He was a member of the Lions Club at Corydon and collected coins, pens and pencils, enjoyed woodworking, all sports - especially football - and was an avid reader.
Kermit was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers - Maurice, Wayne, Vernon, Robert & Philip; and five sisters - Harriet French, Ruth Hazen, Grace Dorr, Janet Whitworth and Gertrude Mitchell.
Kermit is survived by his wife of 68 years, Kathryn, of Cherokee; his three children: Rodney Hazen of Dusseldorf, Germany, Joyce Hazen of Omaha, Nebraska, and David Hazen of Springfield, Illinois; two grandchildren, Michelle Hazen of Pleasant Plains, Illinois and Renee Hazen of Carbondale, Illinois; two great- grandchildren, Madeline Grace Bryant and Brody David Bryant, both of Pleasant Plains, Illinois; a sister, Connie Malloy of Sioux City; a brother-in-law, Jim Whitworth of Wichita, Kansas; and many nieces and nephews.