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John M. Hazlett, 82, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Boardman, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, in Columbus.
He was born April 6, 1928, in Frostburg, the son of Mark and Helen (Gould) Hazlett.
He was married to his wife of 56 years, F. Louise Hazlett, who preceded him in death.
A 1946 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, Mr. Hazlett earned a private pilotâ€™s license at age 17 and served the U.S. Navy as an Air Corps V-5 flight officer, then V-6 Reservist.
He earned a degree in labor/management relations (industrial engineering and economics) from Penn State University in 1951, and took a position with the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company. He was named chief industrial engineer in 1963, directing staff in both Youngstown, Ohio, and Chicago, and was later selected to represent management in landmark contract negotiations with the United Steel Workers.
After serving the companyâ€™s successors in several management capacities, Mr. Hazlett took early retirement in 1984, and then joined Ohio Edison/Penn Power. As senior production industrial engineer/industrial methods analyst, he spearheaded work simplification and plant start-up programs from 1985 until retirement in 1990.
He was an active member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, the American Iron & Steel Institute and International Work Simplification Institute.
Mr. Hazlett was a lifelong (50-plus years) member of Boardman United Methodist Church, life-member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, PSU Alumni Association and devoted Penn State fan.
He loved non-vocal jazz, hunting, fishing, traveling in his camper and a friendly family rivalry between Ohio State and Penn State. He was an adoring husband and father, kind and devoted grandfather and the quintessential gentleman.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Janis H. Garver and husband Douglas of Hilliard; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph Hazlett and wife Beverly of Naples, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Marian â€śFluffâ€ť Parrish and husband Bill of Surprise, Ariz., and Maxine Brothers and husband Ray of Alexandria, Va.; four grandchildren, Amy Garver Solis, Bryan (Jen) Garver, John and Michael Hazlett; a daughter-in-law, Carmie Hazlett, two great-grandchildren, Madison Garver and Daniel Solis; and many loving nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by family friends and caring staff at First Community Village and Odyssey Health Care, Columbus.
In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a son, Mark Hazlett; three brothers-in-law, Paul and Donald Ferringer and John Hack; and a sister-in-law, Marjorie Rodkey.
Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, prior to the Celebration of Life Service at the Boardman United Methodist Church.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at the church
He will be finally reunited with his beloved wife at interment in North Point Cemetery, North Point, at a date to be determined.
The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to BUMC, 6809 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio 44512, or Odyssey Health Care/Hospice, 540 Officenter Place, Suite 100, Gahanna, Ohio 43230.