Robert Hazel

Aug. 23, 1947-Sept. 9, 2018

Robert Hazel, 71, Vol-

taire, ND, passed away

Sunday, September 9,

2018, at his home.

Robert Spencer Hazel

was born August 23, 1947,

the son of Frank and Bar-

bara (Russell) Hazel, in

Calhoun County,

Marshall, MI.

After graduating high

school in Marshall, Robert

enlisted in the United

States Air Force on Sep-

tember 7, 1966. He proud-

ly served his country as a

member of the Civil En-

gineering Squadron at the

Minot Air Force Base in

Minot, ND. He was honor-

ably discharged with the

rank of Sergeant on Sep-

tember 4, 1970.

Robert married Janet

Martinson in 1968, and

from this union two sons

were born. Their twenty

year marriage later ended

in divorce, but they had

since remained good


Following his discharge

from the Air Force, Robert

moved his family back to

his hometown in Michi-

gan. He worked as a jour-

neyman press for the

Michigan Carton Com-

pany in Battle Creek, MI

until 1976, when he

moved his family back to

Velva, ND.

Robert worked as a

heavy equipment operator

for the Stanton Coal Mine

in Stanton, ND. He was

later employed by

McHenry County as a

county road grader and

most recently worked as a

night security guard for

CF Industries of Velva.

Robert loved the out-

doors and was an avid

hunter and fisherman. His

faithful companion, Lady

(a Golden Retriever), was

always by his side. He

was a member of the Unit-

ed Coal Miners Union,

longstanding member of

the Velva Fire Depart-

ment, Velva American Le-

gion Post #39 and the

Star City Golf Course. He

will be greatly missed by

his extensive family and

many friends.

Surviving family in-

cludes: Janet Hazel, Velva;

sons, Kyle Hazel (special

friend, Paula Reiswig),

Velva and Brad (Laura)

Hazel, Rosenberg, TX;

granddaughters, Shelby

Hazel, UND, Grand Forks,

Katie Hazel, Velva and

Alannah Hazel, Rosen-

berg, TX; grandson, Reid

Hazel, Rosenberg, TX;

step-grandson, Tristan

Dembrowski, Rosenberg,

TX; siblings, Ann (Robert)

Wills, Cathy Amaro and

David (Linda) Hazel, all of

Michigan; and many

siblings-in-law, nieces

and nephews.

Robert was preceded in

death by: his parents;

parents-in-law, Albert and

Ina Martinson; and

brother-in-law, Pedro


Memorial Service: Fri-

day, September 14, 2018,

at 1:00 p.m. at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot, ND.

Internment: Velva

Community Cemetery,

Velva, ND.

Visitation: There will

be no reviewal, but

friends are invited to sign

the guest register book an

hour before the service.

Those wishing to sign

the online register and

share memories may ac-

cess the online obituaries

section at