William “Bill” Hazen, Jr.

William “Bill” Hazen, Jr., 78, of Gladstone, Missouri passed away Thursday, January 4, 2024, surrounded by his family.

Visitation and memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, Raytown, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial donation to either the Wounded Warrior Project or Mercy Ships.

Born March 20, 1945, in Springfield, Missouri, he was the son of the late William P., Sr. and Wanda Fugitt Hazen.

He is survived by his loving wife, Edie Payne; sister Jeanne (Hazen) Paynter; sister Maralyn (Hazen) Wolters; brother Jack Hazen; daughter Lori (Hazen) Call and her husband Steve of Grain Valley; son Michael Hazen and his wife Tracy of Blue Springs; daughter Anna E. Hazen and her wife Teresa Poppinga of Kansas City; son Matthew Hazen of LaCygne; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Cheryl (Hazen) Guastello.

Bill was a 1963 graduate of Westport High School in Kansas City. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. After serving his country, Bill attended the General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan. He had a successful career as a contract piping designer where he designed facilities such as chemical treatment and ethanol plants. In 1977, Bill met the love of his life, Edie. They were married 46 years.

Bill was a man of faith and sought guidance and comfort from his relationship with Lord Jesus. He enjoyed the simple things in life – a good cup of coffee while sitting outside on the patio, and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved to cook for his friends and family. His happiness came from their happiness. He was known for his unconditional generosity and fierce love of family. We love and miss you, Bill, Dad, Papa.


  1. Judith Geraghty on January 9, 2024 at 6:43 pm

    We are thinking of you Edie, and your family, at this difficult time. We love you.

  2. Debra Ann Brogden on January 11, 2024 at 12:31 pm

    Dear Anna and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May your many happy memories help you get through this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Debra Brogden

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