Michael Hazen, 70

Michael E. (“Mick” or “Mike”) Hazen, 70, a lifelong resident of Whitley County, died Thursday, March 31, 2011.Mr. Hazen was born June 21, 1940 to Chalmers and Mildred Hazen. For 38 1/2-plus years he was employed at the General Electric Company in Fort Wayne.During his lifetime he was an active citizen in both Whitley County and Churubusco community organizations. He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco, and the Whitley County AARP Chapter. As a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for at least 50 years, he earned many awards, including the BSA Silver Beaver, and also the Lamb Award for religious affiliations.Throughout his life he enjoyed Lionel model trains, and for 30 years he personally made sure that Santa Claus visited the Churubusco-area.Surviving are his wife Bonnie; a son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Becky Hazen; two daughters, Christie Hazen and Heather Hazen; eight grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Hazen.He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Leonard Hazen.A Celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Churubusco. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, or at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.The family requests that memorials be directed to AWAC Boy Scouts of America, Indiana District LWML, Parkview Home Health & Hospice, or to the donor’s choice.To leave an online condolence for the family in Mr. Hazen’s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.