Funeral services for Roy Laverne Hazen, 73, will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana. Burial will follow at the Keithville Cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Roy was born on November 14, 1948 to Laverne Clarence Hazen and Violet Evelyn Edger Hazen in Hastings, Michigan and passed away on December 25, 2021 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Roy left high school upon enlisting in the United States Navy. He later received his GED. It is said that the remaining portion of his vast knowledge came from the School of Hard Knocks where he proudly earned his Doctoral Degree.
Roy married the first love of his life, Glenna Hazen on April 13, 1968. They enjoyed 37 years of marriage together, raising two strong willed children, Sam and Cathy. Together they enjoyed trips back home to Battle Creek, Michigan and holidays spent in Galveston, Texas with their families. After Glenna's passing in 2005, Roy found the second love of his life, Sue. They married August 22, 2009. In their 12 years of marriage, Roy and Sue watched their grandchildren accomplish many milestones; traveled to Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas; and enjoyed numerous nights at their friend Bubba's house sharing a meal and catching up with everyone.
Roy proudly served his country in the Vietnam War.
Much of Roy's life was spent working to provide for his family. For the last 35 years or more, Roy and his son, Sam, served the community of Keithville, Shreveport/Bossier, and surrounding cities ensuring that people were warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and that the oven would always be working for holiday meals.
There were not many days that Roy spent in the recliner all day. His hobbies are the things that kept him busy, like rebuilding the deck around the swimming pool, or building the shed, and then the shed's add on, and then the covered area in front of the shed; he would go on to add onto the covered portion in front of the shed until the entire slab was covered, earning the nickname "The Ark." Roy also enjoyed fishing, even if he didn't catch anything.
One of Roy's greatest passions in life was music. He loved to sing and his family loved listening to him. Early in his life he toured, playing music for hundreds of people in numerous areas of Michigan and Louisiana. He was able to play with other people who shared the same passion, like Claude King, Charlie Pride, Billy Walker, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jack Green, and more. In the late 70's and 80's, Roy also belonged to the Cajun Country Band.
Anyone who knew Roy knew that he was as stubborn as they come, a strong characteristic trait found throughout the Hazen family. Roy was also a hard-working man, whose solution to many problems was to work harder or work longer. In this process of working hard to teach others and provide for his family, Roy met many people along the way. He always had a soft spot for helping those who just needed a little help getting by, or a little direction and structure in their life. While it may not have helped everyone, Roy touched the lives of many people along the way by teaching them different life lessons and giving them all the help he could for as long as he could.
Roy is preceded in death by his wife, Glenna Hazen; parents; in-laws, Gertrude and Kenneth McCrimmon; brother, Gary Hazen; brothers-in-law, Fred Prolost and Tom White. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Sue Hazen; children, Sam and Tommie Hazen, Catherine Hazen and Justin Patt, Brian and Briana Toney and Tonya and Ron Logan; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Matthew Brown; Corporal Matthew Hazen, Keagan and Kyleigh Toney, Tyler Toney and Jalyne Young; sisters, Sandra Prost and Patricia White.
Honoring Roy as pallbearers are Nathan White, Chris Pratt, Matthew Hazen, Matt and Elizabeth Brown, Jordan DeCamp, Cecil Neff and Justin Patt.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Woody's Home for Veterans.