Edgar Hackman was born March 15, 1923, in Jackson County. He passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at the Lutheran Community Home.
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He was the son of Martin and Edna (Nierman) Hackman, both of whom preceded him in death.
He married Pauline (Krumme) Hackman on June 27, 1948.
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; and sisters, Norma McNeal and Madeline Rothert.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Martin Jr. and Donald Hackman; sisters-in-law, Verna (Eggeman) Hackman, Betty (Whorton) Hackman and Ora (Krumme) Burbrink; and a brother-in-law, Glenn Rothert Raymond McNeal.
Edgar was baptized and confirmed as a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wegan, and he attended a one-room school at Wegan for seven grades. He 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 Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. While there, he was a member of the Purdue Livestock Judging Team and 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 Master of Science degree in education from Indiana University. He taught at Immanuel Lutheran School for seven years and was a science teacher at
Seymour Middle School for 20 years 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, on the 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. He also served on numerous committees and received a plaque for his involvement in 4-H activities for more than 60 years. He also received an Honorary FFA Chapter degree.
He judged livestock exhibits at other county fairs and 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 eight years as a director of Indiana State Fair.
He was a longtime 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.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ralph Blomenberg, the Rev. Philip Bloch, the Rev. Jimmy Rodriguez and Vicar Joseph Barlau officiating.
Friends and family may call at Voss Chapel on Thursday from 4 to to 8 p.m. and on Friday after 9:30 am until time of service at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Burial will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign War Post 1925, American Legion Post 89 Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Memorials may be given through the Voss Chapel to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran School, and Donor's Choice.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at www.voss|funeralservice.com
Voss and Sons Funeral Service
316 N. Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274
Published in Tribune from Dec. 24 to Dec. 28, 2012