Edgar Hackman, 89, Seymour, died Saturday, Dec. 22, at Lutheran Community Home.
He was born March 15, 1923 in Jackson County to the late Martin and Edna (Nierman) Hackman. On June 27, 1948 he married the former Pauline Krumme, and she survives.
Edgar was baptized and confirmed as a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wegan, IN, attended a one-room school at Wegan for seven grades, graduated from Tampico High School in 1941 and received a 4-H scholarship to Purdue University
After two years at Purdue he enlisted in the U.S. Army
, served with the 78th Infantry division during WWII
and received a Bronze Star
for meritorious achievement. After being discharged he returned to Purdue to receive a BS degree in Animal Science. While there he was a member of Purdue Livestock Judging Team and a member of Beta Sigma Psi Fraternity.
After graduation he worked for Seed Certification in Lafayette.
Returning to Jackson County, he farmed, fed cattle and taught World War II Veterans Farm Classes at Freetown and Brownstown for 13 years. He also received a MS degree in Education from Indiana University. He taught at Immanuel Lutheran School for seven years and 20 years as a Science teacher at Seymour Middle School before retiring in 1987. After retirement he served as Legislative Chairman for the Jackson County Retired Teachers association for 20 years.
Mr. Hackman was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and served on various committees. He was on Jackson County Board of Health for 36 years. He served two terms as County Commissioner and seven years on Schneck Memorial Hospital Board. He served as a Precinct Committeeman and on Jackson Township Advisory Board and was a member of Shadowood Golf Club.
Edgar was on Jackson County Fair Board for 53 years, served as its president two years and secretary-treasurer for 18 years, also served on numerous committees and received a plaque for his involvement in 4-H activities for over 60 years and also received an Honorary FFA Chapter degree. He judged livestock exhibits at other county fairs.
He was secretary-treasurer of Eastern-Southeastern Fair Circuit for four years. He was Director of the Indiana Association of County and District Fairs, was named to ?Hall of Fame? in 1991, was President in 1995 and served on various committees for seven years.
In 2000 he was the first person from Indiana to receive the American Heritage Award for Volunteer Leadership at the International Fair Convention in Las Vegas.
In 2001 he was appointed by the Governor as a Director of Indiana State Fair Board during which time he was chairman of Pioneer Village for two years and chairman of Pioneer Our Land Pavilion for six years. In 2008 he received a Grand Champion Banner for serving 8 years as a Director of Indiana State Fair.
He was a long-time member of Purdue Alumni Association, John Purdue Club, Purdue Legislative Awareness Network, Director of Jackson County Purdue Club, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Crop Improvement Association, American Legion Post 89 of Seymour, and Lutheran Hour Ministries.
Survivors include his wife, two sons Steven (Karen) Hackman and Michael (Janet) Hackman; grandchildren, Lisa (Steven) Summerlot, Aaron (Stephanie) Hackman, Brian (Brooke) Hackman, and Adam (Amy) Hackman; eight great-grandchildren; and 15 nephews and nieces. Also Surviving are one brother Harold (Joan) Hackman; sisters: Norma McNeal and Madeline Rothert.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Martin, Jr. and Donald Hackman, sister-in-laws, Verna (Eggeman) Hackman, Betty (Whorton) Hackman and Ora (Krumme) Burbrink, and a brother-in-laws, Glenn Rothert Raymond McNeal.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Reverends Ralph Blomenberg, Philip Bloch, Jimmy Rodriguez, and Vicar Joseph Barlau officiating. Burial will take place in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Voss Chapel, Seymour, and from 9:30 a.m. Friday until time of service at the church.
Memorials may be given through the Voss Chapel to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran School, or donor'?s choice.
Voss Funeral Service, Seymour, is in charge of arrangements.