Below is a notice of the recent passing Richard Hassel:
Richard Allen Hassel passed away peacefully at home on September 12, 2014 with his family by his side. Richard “Dick” Allen Hassel (aka Mr. Mare Island) was born in Omaha, NE on June 7, 1949 to Virgil and Dorothy Hassel. He is survived by his wife and companion of 21 years, Wendy Therrian-Hassel; his daughters Elizabeth Hassel, and Jessica (Ron) Duce; his grandchildren Michael, Mackenzie, and Meredith Duce; sisters, Janice (Paul) Cronin, and Julie Ann (Craig) Sorensen; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Richard was the son of Omaha’s Assistant Fire Marshall, Virgil H. Hassel, who died in 1968.
During his life Richard received numerous awards and recognitions for both his professional and community volunteer work. Among his many achievements, Richard was the recipient of President George Bush’s prestigious Point of Light Award for his community service in establishing a Child Care Center on Mare Island. “Mr. Mare Island” was also recognized in 1992 as Volunteer of the Year by the San Francisco YMCA for his work as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the North Bay YMCA and as a member of the San Francisco YMCA. Richard worked many years with the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, also serving a term as Chair. Richard served on many Boards, including the Solano County Educational Alliance and the Solano Economic Development Corporation. Since the early 1990’s, he served as a Vallejo Rotarian.
Richard attended the University of Nebraska, before serving his country during the Vietnam War as a Machinist Mate in the Navy. After serving in the Navy (commissioned to the USS Seawolf nuclear submarine), Richard was the Head of the Radiological Support Division at Mare Island Naval Shipyard from 1983 through 1996. After the closure of the Mare Island Shipyard, Richard worked on its economic re-vitalization and re-use. As the Vice-President of Administration at Touro University, he continued to work on Mare Island and retired last year as an employee of Blu-Homes, Inc. also located on Mare Island.
MEMORIAL SERVICES will be held at Twin Chapels Mortuary, 1100 Tennessee Street, Vallejo, CA, on October 4 at 11am, and a CELEBRATION of LIFE Reception will follow at 12:30pm at the Mare Island Naval Museum located at 1100 Railroad on Mare Island. The family requests no flowers, but donations may be made in the name of “Mr. Mare Island” to: the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation at 328 Seawind Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590.