Richard "Dick" H. Hazen, a longtime resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Dick was born in Bozeman, Montana on December 19, 1932. Dick served his country in the United States Navy. He also worked in the aerospace industry as an engineer for over 45 years. In 1994 after retiring from TRW/Northrop Grumman for 30 years he embarked on a new career at Aerospace. Dick enjoyed people and puttering around with electronics - he was known affectionately as "the gadget man." Dick loved to fly fish in Montana, and especially enjoyed his trips to Scotland and his travels around the U.S. He is survived by his loving bride, Betty of 34 years, his brother Art and sister-in-law Phyllis Hazen of Wyoming, his cousins in Montana, Ohio and Texas and his many devoted friends, who will all miss his quick wit and dry sense of humor. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Mary Hazen. A celebration of Dick's life will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 10:00AM at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. A reception will immediately follow in the Rice Mortuary Lighthouse Reception Room at the same location. Interment will be held at a later date in Bozeman, Montana. In lieu of flowers, Betty request donations are made to The American Cancer Society. "To the world you were one; to me you were the world."

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  1. Dick, A dear and very special friend whose memory we will cherish forever,a true loving and caring person who was a “grandfather” in every sense of the word to our son Jonathan during the time he spent with us in Cleveland. God bless you Dick you will be sadley missed by us all.You touched all of our hearts. Robert, Michelina, Jonathan, and Roberto Finch

  2. Dick and I shared a career at TRW. During our days together I have many memories. First he was from Montana and everybody knew that Dick was from Montana because he enjoyed his days and vacations there and told everybody about it. He was always at work ahead of everbody else and loved to play tricks on and write notes to his buddies much to the delight of everybody in the vicinity You never new what you might find on your desk or in one of the drawers. A very smart,hardworking and especially a friendly person. He was one of the GOOD GUYS. We will all miss you and save me a seat when you get up there.

  3. Dick, You were a great friend to my husband and we will miss you. One of my fondest memories was the night you invited my husband, Alexander and me over for pizza at your house the night you were dog sitting “pete-ie” for your neighbors and how you spent the whole night slipping dog treats to me as I tried to coax the dog onto my lap. When I told you that i grew up using “pete-ie, pete-ie” to mean diarrhea in baby talk, you were rolling on the ground with laughter. You said you wouldn’t be able to look at that dog again without thinking diarrhea dog. I would see ya at company parties, and you would say to me, took Pete-ie Pete-ie(diarrhea dog) for a walk today, Pete-ie Pete-ie diarrhea dog) jumped in the bed with me and betty last night and since the dog was brownish in color it was even more funny. I also remember all the xmas presents you would give my husband knowing I would say “where are we gonna put that?” I want to thank you and betty for being such a loyal friend to my husband, you have no idea what a ROCK of advice you were to him.

  4. Dick was a great guy and a pleasure to work with. Very knowledgeable, very helpful and friendly, with a great sense of humor. Sympathies to his family.

  5. My friend Mary Watkins calls Dick the “salt of the earth,” and I guess he could get pretty salty–but most of the time, his stories and zingers made me laugh till it hurt. He kept the photo of a three-legged dog in his office. I will never forget his tale of the dog he had as a child, who slipped on the ice, cracked his skull, and died. If that wasn’t bad enough, when Dick buried the dog on a neighbor’s land (becuase of the view, I think), that mean old neighbor went to Dick’s family and demanded that Dick dig up the dog and rebury it somewhere else! I always wondered how a kid who had such an awful experience could grow up to be such a wonderful man. But he did, and he will be missed by all who knew him.

  6. Dear Betty, In your time of grief please know that our thoughts are with you and we share your sorrow. Love always, Ceil and Al Tucker

  7. My prayers and love are with you. Dick and Bob are looking down on us all, trying to come up with some more of those jokes that made us laugh. He was a good guy and will be missed alot. Love Vicki

  8. Dickie Boy we sure did have a lot of good times on Dufour, you, wee Betty, Bob, Me, Becky, Boog, Rick & Gordo. I’m sitting here thinking about the first time we heard this wee voice yell across the street, “Hey Dickie Boy” and how it stuck all these years and the swing in the tree you put up for that wee voice. The time Gordo got in the back door and chased the cats all over the house. Remember, when the bus of German tourist pulled up out front and sang for us. And the pizza delivery guy drove through the front fence of your yard when Betty was in Scotland. Or just sitting in the garage shooting the breeze. There are so many more great memories. I am so glad that you were apart of our lives and a friend for the last 28 years. I am going to miss your Friday early morning visits at my work while you were on your walk. And how you were there whenever I needed you 4 years ago, thank you! You are truly one of a kind. I am going to miss you. Love you, Jules (you will always be 20 years older than me)

  9. Betty, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. You were on my mind today and I was searching the internet to find you when I read about Dick’s passing. I had a really great time with you guys some thirty years ago and was glad that I got to meet Dick. May God bless you. With love, Liz Doonin.

  10. Betty, My heart goes out to you for your loss. I just found out about Dick by calling the Aerospace Corp. I was looking forward to having lunch, talking about Aerospace and my Dad. When Dick told stories about Dad he made me laugh to tears and he brought him back to life… one else could do that. I’d like to think thier together right now talking about O”l Blue. My Dad loved you both very much if there’s anything I could do for you please let me know. Tom McAtee

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