David B. "Dave" Hassell, son of Benjamin "Ben" (1919-2004) and Erna Louise (McKenzie) Hassell, was born 22 November 1948 in Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan. He graduated from Okemos High School in 1967 and served in the US Navy from 27 December 1967 until honorable discharge 26 October 1971. Dave died of cancer 26 January 1985 and was interred East Lawn Memory Garden, Okemos, Ingham County.
Dave's father, Ben, was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, British West Indies and was a well known interior decorator in the Lansing area. Ben was also interred East Lawn Memory Garden, Okemos. Erna, Dave's mother, taught art in the Okemos Public School system.
Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Monday 28 January 1985
HASSELL, DAVID B.
6041 GREEN RD.
Age 36, died Jan. 26, 1985 after an extended illness. Born Nov. 22, 1948 in Lansing, Mr. Hassell was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Lansing and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Surviving are his wife, Elleen; father and mother, Benjamin & Erna Hassell of Okemos, 2 sisters, Erna Carolyn Hassell of Stanford, CT and Patricia Ehman of East Lansing; grandmother Erna McKenzie of Lansing. Funeral services for Mr. Hassell will be Tues. 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa, Lansing. Interment will be in East Lawn Memory Gardens.