Mr. Ted Bee Hazelwood, 83, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at his home. This followed a three-year courageous and valiant battle with cancer.
In Elgood, W. Va., Ted was born on Aug. 10, 1936. He was a treasured son of Fred Sr. and Edna Akers Hazelwood. Growing up, Ted shared his childhood with a sister and three brothers.
Answering the call of patriotism, Ted served our country with the United States Army, and was honorably discharged in January of 1961.
On March 18, 1961, Ted and Miss Judy F. Wyrick, married in West Virginia. They have shared over 59 years of life’s adventures. Their union produced four beautiful daughters. The blessings of two more generations have been added to the family tree.
The Hazelwoods made Fulton County their home in 2000, coming from Chicago.
Known as the “Iron Man,” Ted was a golf club supervisor for PGA Tommy Armour Golf Clubs for 34 years. During his lifetime, he enjoyed many competitive rounds of golf with friends. As a work-a-holic, he could be found gardening and manicuring his lawn to perfection. Running his chainsaw brought Ted great satisfaction. Trimming brush and cutting down trees was his speciality.
As a member of the First Baptist Church, Ted looked forward to attending boat church each summer.
An adventurer, Ted and Judy made many life memories with their family. In 2019, on a senior trip to Colorado, he enjoyed the thrill of zip-lining. The year 2018 brought on a hot air balloon ride over Culver’s Lake Maxinkuckee. No flight was complete without dipping onto the lake and skimming the water. They once took a helicopter ride over Nappanee. Three years ago Ted enjoyed the mother of all parties, celebrating his 80th birthday with family and friends traveling from Chicago and the east coast and many places nearby.
Left to cherish Ted’s memory are his wife, Judy; three daughters: Diane Stevens and husband Mark, Charleston, S.C., Dora Maish and husband Timothy, Macy, Dawn Risten and companion Johnny Loudermilk, Rochester; six grandchildren: Heather Kline and husband Lucas, Makayla Risten, Kaitlyn Maish, Justin Risten, Alexys Loudermilk, Brandon Maish; one great grandson, Lucas Kline; a sister, Oma Loker, Charlottesville, Va.; three brothers: Fred Hazelwood Jr.,Hagerstown, Md., Marion Hazelwood and wife Glenna, Fredrick, Md., Carl Hazelwood, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Ted in death are his parents, Fred and Edna Hazelwood, and an infant daughter, Theresa Dawn Hazelwood.
Private family services will be observed. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Team. Interment will be in the Fulton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 1000 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975.