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Ernest Leonard Hazelwood, 82, of Anderson, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at St. Vincent Anderson Hospital. He was born on Oct. 22, 1934, to William and Sarrah (Owens) Hazelwood in Scottsburg, Ind.
Ernest proudly served his country with the United States Army for 26 years before retiring as a Master Sergeant Jumpmaster with 1,143 jumps. He was a Korean War and Vietnam veteran, having served two tours in Vietnam where he received two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and one Silver Star. After retiring from the Army, he was an LPN at St. Vincent Hospital for 17 years.
He liked to visit casinos; was an avid sports fan, especially loved the Indianapolis Colts; and was a large supporter of all high school athletics. Ernest was a member of the Noblesville VFW, Noblesville American Legion and Noblesville Moose Lodge.
He is survived by two daughters, Laura Wilkinson and Cynthia Harris; son, Ernest (Linda) Hazelwood Jr.; grandchildren Matthew L. (Amber) Harris, Christopher S. (Lisa) Harris and Jennifer D. Wilkinson; great-grandchildren, Rhyanna F. Harris and Annabelle Harris; sisters and brothers Barbara "Joann" Powell, Carlene "Sissy" (Bully) Powell, Charlotte (Kenny) Kitchens, Gloria "Cookie" (Danny) Branham, William J. Hazelwood, "Jack" (Edie) Hazelwood and Carl "Butch" (Janet) Hazelwood; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Hazelwood, who passed away in 2012; a daughter, Melissa Ann; sisters Agnes Pruitt, Wilma Sanders, Martha "Smitty" Penwell and Jenny Lee Wilkinson; brothers Robert Hazelwood, Lebert "Sonny" Hazelwood, Wilbur Hazelwood, Marvin Hazelwood, Bruce Jay Hazelwood and Frankie Lee Hazelwood.
Services will be held 11 am on Saturday at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home, 1150 Logan St., Noblesville. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 2439 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222; or, Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.
Post online condolences at www.randallroberts.com.
Published on August 2, 2017
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