Hazen ‘Belden’ Ham, Jr.
Lisbon — Hazen ‘Belden’ Ham Jr., 82, of Lisbon, Ohio passed away Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, surrounded by his family, following a short illness.
Born, June 17th, 1934 in Hartford, Connecticut, Belden was the son of the late Hazen Belden and Groviene Lou Ella McLean Ham.
Belden, a well-known local business man and real estate investor, graduated from Manchester High School in Connecticut in 1952. He attended and graduated from Boston University in 1956. That same year he married Margaret Terry-Lou Dank and then worked as a speech therapist for several years in Connecticut before moving to Ohio where he and his wife started Bel-Terr China in East Palestine in 1962. Later, he would start another business, East Palestine China Company, and he, Margaret and his two eldest sons ran both businesses until 1978, when he sold them and moved the family to a small farm in Lisbon, Ohio.
It was here that the children were taught the value of hard work, dedication and love of nature. Whether it was mowing the lawn or the apple orchard, painting the barns, working in the garden or the small ceramic studio where Belden continued to ‘throw on the wheel,’ the farm will always be remembered as a place of beauty and quiet reflection.
Belden was an avid organic gardener, and he loved reading and meditating. Later in life, he dedicated a portion of the farm to meditation and silent retreats for individuals seeking peace and tranquility. He called his retreat The Center for Inner Silence, built cabins and a yoga studio, and to the end, Belden sought to help and support others who were seeking growth and understanding of themselves and the world around them through mindful prayer and reflection.
In addition to running the farm and CFIS, Belden was also a local real estate investor with properties in several surrounding communities.
Belden is survived by Margaret D. Ham and his five children, Matthew Ham (and wife Kerrie Ham), Hazen, Ellen, Elizabeth and Ruth. He is also survived by his 11 grandchildren, Joshua, Sasha, Maysson, Jefferson, Dylan, Ella, David, Daniel, Abigail, Jed, Sarah and his 2 great grandchildren, Carter and Mikaela.
In addition to his parents, Belden was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. James W. Ham MD., his daughter-in-law Keri (Hazen’s late wife) and his son Jonathan David.
Family and friends will be received at Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home at 28 North Main St. in Columbiana, Ohio on Sunday, Feb. 5th from 11am to 2pm with a memorial service to follow.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to one of Belden’s beloved charities, The Covenant House at www.covenanthouse.org.
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