MANSFIELD — Ernest B. Hazlett Jr. flew to New Horizons on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, due to severe brain injury suffered during a fall on the ice. He was 68.
Ernest was born in Gallipolis to E. Burton and Marjorie Hazlett on Nov. 12, 1948. He graduated from Bryan High School and earned a BA Degree in German Studies at Defiance College. He planned to become a German language teacher. He was active in Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
Ernest enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972 and spent his first military year studying Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. After finishing studies at the USAF School of Applied Cryptologic Sciences at Goodfellow AFB in Texas, Ernest went to the NSA for further studies. Then he spent three years at a US Army West Germany border site as a Russian Intercept Operator for the NSA. After Honorable Discharge he attended the Ohio State University and earned a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
He was then employed at Rockwell International and then worked in the automotive industry for 32 years as a Design, Tooling, and Industrial Engineer. His current employment was at Siemens Corporation. He loved his job and the people he worked with.
Ernest was an Amateur Radio Operator with the callsign KC8FAA and a Private Pilot. He enjoyed taking trips with his pilot wife in their Cessna 172. His hobbies included remodeling (and he was in the middle of an oak flooring project), boating, water skiing, snow skiing, gardening, birding, and was an excellent cook. Saturday night he enjoyed his favorite movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” for the last time.
The family is exceedingly grateful for the loving expert care given to Ernie by the Emergency Squad, the MedCentral Emergency Department, Dr. Martin, Chaplain Krebs, the OR nurses, Dr. Ott, Dr. Kilronomos and all the friends who stopped by the room. All the ICU staff were outstanding and so loving, especially Wendy, Sharon, Corrine, Melissa, Trisha, Mark, Beth, and Chris. They made the unthinkable bearable.
He will be sorely missed by his wife of 42 years, Margaret “Peg” Hazlett; his mother; sister, Susan Wammes; brothers, Ronald and Richard; nieces, Sarah and Heidi; and nephew, Christopher.
Contributions may be sent to Defiance College (701 N. Clinton St., Defiance, OH 43512) or The Ohio State University College of Engineering (2070 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210).
The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. Although no public services will be held in his memory, his family hopes you will remember Ernest in your own special way. Cards of sympathy may be mailed to Peg Hazlett, P.O. Box 1253, Mansfield OH 44901.