Hacker, Russel R.
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Russel R. Hacker, Kaukauna, age 81, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Manor Care following a short battle with cancer. He was born on July 15, 1931 in Forest Junction, son of Roy and Violet (Maas) Hacker. On June 25, 1953 he was united in marriage to Bernice DeBruin at St. John Catholic Church in Little Chute.
Russ treasured the time he spent with his grandkids & great-grandkids and would share stories about them to anyone who would listen! He thrived on watching them play together, and never tired of hearing about the funny things they said or did. His favorite place on earth was his hunting shack in Clintonville where he shared many special times with his sons and grandsons. Russ also loved hunting with his friend, Francie Gerow. He loved sports, especially when his grandchildren were playing. He had a special connection with the Kaukauna girls' softball team. He loved to get in his Jeep to visit friends all around town where he would spend hours hanging out watching them work or play.
Russ is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bernice; his children Warren (Pat) Hacker, Jeff (Kathie) Hacker, Bryan (Paula) Hacker, Ken(Lynn) Hacker; 12 grandchildren: Greg (Valerie) Hacker, Lisa Hacker, & Dan (Jodi) Hacker, Nick & Kristen Hacker, Stefanie & Sarah Pagel , Dallas, Caitlin (fiancée, Eric), & Carson Hacker, Scott & Emily Hacker; three great-grandchildren: Haydin Hacker, Pierson & Lane Hacker; brother-in-law, Earl (Jalaine) Woller; sisters-in-law: Elnora DeBruin, Margaret Reed, and Mary DeBruin. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law: Nick and Antoinette DeBruin; sister Jean Woller; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Lucille DeBruin, Joyce and Doug Longsine, Marvin DeBruin, Laverne "Blackie" DeBruin, Clayton "Pee Wee" and Fordyce "Toby" DeBruin, and Francis Reed.
Memorial Services for Russel will be at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013 at St. Katharine Drexel Parish at St. Mary Church, 119 W. Seventh Street, Kaukauna, with Fr. Jerry Pastors and Fr. John Yockey concelebrating. Family and friends will be received directly at church from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established. www.boettcherfamilyfuneral.com
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Manor Care nurses, Wendy (FVTC), and Russ' Hospice Team.
Boettcher Family Funeral Home
2401 Fieldcrest Drive
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2013