September 11, 1929 ~ January 11, 2001

Born in: Dallas, TX,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Colonel Edwin James Hatzenbuehler Jr., beloved father of Suzanne Hudson of Asheville and Mari Craven of Chicago, died Thursday, January 11, 2001 of Alzheimer’s disease at Mountain Area Hospice in Asheville. He was 71.

Col. Hatzenbuehler was a member of the astronaut training programs for the Mercury and Apollo space missions, and worked as a test pilot specializing in zero gravity forces. He also flew F-86 fighter jets and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was honored for his intelligence work in both wars... earning commendations from the Air Force, the White House, and the C.I.A.

Along with his daughters, Hatzenbuehler is survived by his mother, Lucia Hatzenbuehler of Dallas, his three grandchildren Emily, Camille, and Kyle Craven, and his son-in-law Chris Craven.

A visitation will be held at Groce Funeral Home, Patton Avenue on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Western North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association, 3 Louisiana Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Dear Mari and Suzanne:
    With deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved father; he was a very special man. Love, Peggy

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  2. SUZANNE, IF YOU NEED ANYTHING OR NEED TO TALK TO A FRIEND, PLEASE CALL.CALVIN AND I ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT YOU. WE LOVE YOU, PAT

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