Rick was active in the community, making his “rounds” as he jokingly called them, nearly every day. He would visit Cook and Tecumseh, often stopping at the bank, grocery store, post office, and wherever else he could socialize and chat. He loved meeting new people and never knew a stranger. His laugh was loud and contagious, and sharing stories, jokes, and smiles was undoubtedly one of his biggest joys in life. More than he loved anything else, Rick loved his family and friends. He treasured “shed time” and any time he spent with loved ones. With a kind and soft heart, there was never anything he wouldn’t do for someone he cared about. He lived his life to its fullest- cherishing it, laughing, and spreading love until the very end. Although his spirit and soul have moved on, his memory will live through the many people that knew and loved him.
Left to mourn his passing are his daughter, Chandra, sister Pam (Darrell) Hillman of Syracuse, brother Jeff Hazen of Scottsdale, Arizona, aunts, uncles, cousins, three nephews, Travis (Jessica), Tyler (Dana) and Bryan (Maura) Hillman and so many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Della Hazen, numerous aunts and uncles and his grandparents.