In loving memory of

Eldon J. Hazer
June 1, 1928 - August 18, 2019

Eldon J. Hazer, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on August 18, 2019, at Maquoketa Care Center at the age of 91.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Eldon was born on June 1, 1928, in LaMotte, Iowa, to Elmer J. Hazer and Elizabeth (McCarthy) Hazer. He was a 1946 graduate of Maquoketa High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, as a PFC (T) in the Signal Corp. He married Vivian J. Parmer on September 27, 1955, in Otter Creek, Iowa, and was happily married to her for almost 64 years.

Eldon farmed and sold farm equipment and automobiles for various local companies until he became employed at Rasmussen Motors, which later became Brad Deery Motors, in Maquoketa. He retired from selling cars in 2008, but continued to help out part-time at the dealership until December of 2015. He was an award-winning salesman for both Rasmussen Motors and Brad Deery Motors. He also raised cattle on the Hazer family farms in Otter Creek with his brother-in-law, Gerard (Bud) Noonan, for many years.

Eldon was a parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 64 years. He also was a member of the Maquoketa Country Club, serving on its Board of Directors and as President of the Club. He greatly enjoyed playing golf and Euchre with his friends and working on the farms.

Eldon resided at the Maquoketa Care Center for the last three years of his life, and his family expresses their sincere appreciation to the staff for his care.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Vivian Hazer of Maquoketa, Iowa; daughters, Delrose (Thomas) Koch of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and Debra (Jerry) Reynaga of Malibu, California; 5 grandchildren, Gregory (Val) Koch, Nicholas (Keelin) Koch, Dr. Erica (Chris) Koch Hitchcock, Nicole Reynaga, and Jacqueline Reynaga; and his sister, Lola (Gerard) Noonan of Dubuque, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, or Hospice of Jackson County Inc.

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Susan Devine Keeney wrote on Aug 23, 2019:

"My condolences to the Hazer family whom I have known all my life. I had the privilege of visiting Mr Hazer quite a bit when I visited my friend Pat Burris who sat at the same table at the care center. Despite his obvious expressive aphasia, I always felt he knew me when we spoke. I told him he I was Bob Devine?s daughter and we conversed with one word questions and answers. What a sweet kind man and community supporter he was. I will miss him. "

Sue & Mike Van Buer wrote on Aug 22, 2019:

"Our sympathy to all of you. Always quick to say hello & visit and ALWAYS a twinkle in his eye when he teased or thought he was getting away with something :) Thoughts & prayers are with you."

Julie Mueller wrote on Aug 22, 2019:

"So sorry for you and your family Deb! Wish I could make his service but we will be out of town. My sincere sympathy to you all. Julie (Mausser) Mueller. "

Dr. Paul and Valerie Horst wrote on Aug 21, 2019:

"Vivian and family, Valerie and I extend our sincerest sympathies to you on Eldon's passing. I remember many a visit with him in my office when he had a chuckle or two and a twinkle in his eye. And when it came to selling cars, he was a consummate professional. I always enjoyed our visits and when it came to his presence in the Maquoketa scene, he was bigger than life! We will remember him and you in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead."

Barb Notz wrote on Aug 21, 2019:

"Delrose. ...I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was certainly a nice man!"

Angel Schiffer & Family wrote on Aug 21, 2019:

"Our sympathies to Vivian and family . . ."

Deb Schiek and family wrote on Aug 21, 2019:

"I am so sorry Del to hear about your dad ... your entire family have our condolences and prayers during this time."

Deb Schweitzer’s and family wrote on Aug 21, 2019:

"I am so sorry Del to hear about your dad ... your entire family have our condolences and prayers during this time."

Kathleen Baker wrote on Aug 21, 2019:

"Prayers and condolences to the Hazel family."

Darrel Sharon Rettig wrote on Aug 21, 2019:

"Our deepest sympathy to the Hazer Family. Darrel and Sharon Rettig"

Ryan & Susie Gerischer wrote on Aug 21, 2019:

"We are so sorry to hear of Eldon's passing. He has been a family friend of the Gerischer and Dotterweich families for many years. He always had time to visit and we never seen him without a smile. God bless your family."

jerry renner wrote on Aug 21, 2019:

"to all of the hazer family our condolences thoughts and prayer.I was lucky enough to get to know eldon as we drove together at Brad Deery mtrs, He would tell stories about how proud he was of his family and about his time in the military. R.I.P. Eldon-jerry&jillane renner"