Mr. Scott “Scotty” Raymond Hazel of Rockford, age 55, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after a short, but hard-fought battle with a rare cancer. He died surrounded and lifted up by his caring family and many friends. He was a wonderful husband to his wife of twenty-six years, Susan (neé Hand) Hazel, and a beloved father to his three kids, Rebekah, Kaitlin, and Cameron. Scotty was born on May 7, 1959 in Flint, Michigan to Raymond and Gloria (neé Schneider) Hazel. He has always had a close and loving relationship with all of his family, including his siblings Jeff and Nancy Morey, Lynn and Lee Bradfield, Denise and Pat Moriarty, Jim and Darcy Olson, and Tammy and Kevin Weissenborn; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond Hazel; and brother Randy Morey. Scotty graduated from Flint Southwestern High School and attended Northern Michigan University, where the wilderness and school captured his true spirit. He went on to graduate from Grand Valley State University to become a well known and loved teacher and coach at Cedar Springs High School. He was also a coach for Rockford High School. He had a passion for his job and his students. Scotty was also an active member of the Rockford Baptist Church. His love for God was matched only by his zeal for people and life. This is apparent by all of the lives he touched and people he inspired. Scotty was a man of many talents; besides his amazing vocal ability, Scotty performed in a band, played various instruments, was an artist, carpenter, and outdoorsman. He also recently published a book, “Looking Out Windows.” He was a true Renaissance Man in a world obsessed with technology. He will be loved and missed by his family and many others. Visitation was held at the Cedar Springs High School on Monday July 28, 2014 and the funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a contribution to the Hazel Children’s Memorial Fund to be made at any Fifth Third Bank branch office.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com