He was born to Carl and Iverna Hassel on August 17, 1926 in Richmond, Virginia. He attended John Marshall high school where he was Captain of the Cadet Corps and member of the tennis team. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Conner in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
Following the war, he married his high school sweetheart Leslie Ann Bailey. He then enrolled at Davidson College and graduated with a degree in Economics in 1950.
He worked briefly in Burlington, North Carolina before returning home to Richmond to continue his career. In 1959, he took a job with the Reynolds & Reynolds Corporation of Dayton Ohio and moved to Jacksonville. While working at Reynolds, he was awarded the R.H. Grant Award indicative of the company’s top Salesman.
He retired from Reynolds at age 62. In Jacksonville, he was a member of Saint John’s Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, and most recently as a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church. He was past president of the Jacksonville Davidson Alumni Association and a member of the college’s Board of Visitors.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years Leslie Ann, daughter Carol Lynn Moore (Elliott), son David Hassel (Candace), grandchildren Trae Moore (Tonya), Blair Moore (Meredith), Joanne Hassel Clifford (Matthew), Kristen Hassel Nagy (Brett), Bryan Hassel (Ashley), and 14 great-grandchildren.
A private family interment service was held at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Donations in his name can be made to either Arbor Terrace Memory Care San Jose 3760 DuPont Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32217 or Thornwell Home for Children 302 South Broad St. Clinton, SC 25325.
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