Willard George "Bill" Lacken III
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Willard "Bill" George Lacken III
Fredon Township - Willard "Bill" George Lacken III, 55, of Fredon Township, died Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at Newton Medical Center.
Bill was born in Newton and a lifelong resident of Fredon Township. He graduated Kittatinny High School in 1983, and then attended the Technical Career Institute where he received an Auto Mechanic Certificate in 1984. Bill primarily worked in construction. He also earned certificates in several other fields of study. Most recently he worked with his brother, Michael.
Bill was a very loving and generous man. All who met him loved him and he had no enemies. He loved his family dearly. Bill was an excellent cook and enjoyed sharing his delicious culinary creations with everyone. He loved nature, children and animals and especially enjoyed being Uncle to Chevy. Bill would give names to all the bugs and spiders in his home and rescued 3 baby squirrels, Chico, Alvin and Theodore, and kept them for 2 years because he wasn't ready to let them go. Bill was always willing to help people even if it took hours of research to solve the problem. He loved fishing, nature watching, NASCAR and sports. Bill stayed positive, courageous and caring throughout his last struggle.
Bill is survived by his mother, Linda Lacken (Stone); his father, Willard G. Lacken, Jr. (Vivienne); his brother, Michael J. Lacken ( Marty); his sister, Deborah Lacken; and his half-brother, Chris Lacken (Allison); his nieces and nephews, Madison, Morgan, Michael Jr. and Carson; and his cousins, AJ, Eric, Tommy and Todd Proshuto and Kathy Lacken.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, February 26, 2021, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton, NJ. A Graveside service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, February 27, 2021 in Stillwater Cemetery, 930 Maple Ave, Stillwater.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to an animal rescue of your choice. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

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Published in The New Jersey Herald from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
Billy was a great guy he was always nice to me and we always got along well the last memory I remember spending with him was at my brother in law's 40th birthday party we were in charge roasting the pig and I'm very sorry for your whole family's loss Expessally Linda who always welcomed me into her home
Steven Sudnick
Friend
February 22, 2021
Rest in Peace Billy. He was a friend of mine since first grade. When we saw each other on a job-site, we would laugh remembering how is waders filled up stepping into a sink hole fishing in the Pequest. Not to many people new this, but we used to race against each other with our cars to Kittatinny, trying to get the best parking spot. He was always a lot of fun! Lot of great memories, truly will be missed!
Keith Morsell
Friend
February 21, 2021
Rest in peace Billy. I have known Billy since kindergarten and maybe before that. Memories of Billy were growing up playing pond hockey , fishing at all neighborhood good spots . Riding bicycles really far from home and calling our parents to come and pick us up from places like Blairstown . And of course boy scouts. What a great friend and a great time in a great place to grow up. My thoughts are with your entire family and god bless.
Scott C. Douglas
Friend
February 21, 2021
Billy was a good friend and one of the best equipment operators I have ever seen. Billy could always bring a smile to everyone's face. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by all. Godspeed.
Robert Carpenter
Friend
February 21, 2021
Billy and I shared a birthday and he was a great friend. We shared many a good time in high school and beyond. Condolences to his family
February 21, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Harry Rusby
Friend
February 21, 2021
Although it's been nearly 40 years... I have fond memories of Bill and my time spent in the Newton / Kittatinny area while dating his classmate Diana. Rest in peace Bill.
George VanderMeulen
Acquaintance
February 21, 2021
RIP Billy❤❤ You were a very kind, loving and caring man. You will be missed by all who knew you
Heaven has gained another angel
Linda Ridner
Friend
February 20, 2021
We’re sorry to hear about his passing. Billy was such a sweet and funny man. He will be remembered fondly.
George and Maria Knorr
Neighbor
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