Christian Louis Hacker
Raymond E Bond Funeral Home
1015 Kinderhook Ave
Valatie, NY
Hacker, Christian Louis VALATIE Christian Louis Hacker, 67, better known as Lou Hacker, of Valatie, died April 9, 2015, at the Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, leaving behind a hell of a lot of stuff his wife and daughter have no idea what to do with. So, if you're looking for car parts for a Toyota, BMW, Triumph, Dodge or Ford between the years of about 1953-2013, or maybe half a dozen circular saws, still in their boxes with the Home Depot receipts attached, you should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch. But this is not an ad for a used parts store, this is an obituary for a great man, generous landlord, committed husband and adoring father who was born on July 13, 1947, in Hudson, the son of the late Walter D. and Elsie M. (Barner) Hacker Sr. Lou graduated from Ichabod Crane High School, attended SUNY Geneseo admittedly passing chemistry only because he baked his professor a cake and served in the U.S. Army, Eighth Army Honor Guard, from July 26, 1970 to September 20, 1971 in South Korea, where he met and fell in love with his wife, Yong Soon. Lou's gregarious nature, mechanical genius and general resourcefulness helped him succeed in his jobs as a car mechanic, real estate agent, MOTOR manual sales rep and business manager, all of which helped him in his last and final career as a successful property owner and landlord. He often brushed off his success, saying, "I'm just a glorified janitor, really." But his tenants and family knew he loved his job, turning derelict buildings into beautifully renovated apartments. But he mostly loved his job for the people he met from all over the world, who he housed in his apartments. He checked in on his tenants often, offering up gifts of used bicycles, kitchen tables, TVs and couches to those who struggled to furnish their homes or single moms who looked like their kids could use a new toy or bike. Famous for saying, "One man's junk is another man's treasure," as well as his habitual presence at local garage sales and flea markets, there wasn't a part, tool, piece of furniture or sports equipment he wouldn't dig up for a neighbor, family member or tenant in need. So though Lou's family is a little angry about the heaps of "junk" he's left behind for them to deal with, the stacks of lawnmowers, the wrench sets in Christmas wrapping, the carcass of a 1972 BMW rotting in the backyard, it helps to remember the place of generosity for which these piles of stuff have accumulated. Because Lou wasn't so much stocking up for what he might need for himself, but for what others might need. Those needs filled his heart, mind and an entire basement. And in those moments when someone would ask for a tool, part, or any kind of help, his face would light up and that junk would suddenly be transformed into treasure. He is sorely missed and survived by his wife,Yong Soon (Kim) Hacker, better known as Mina Hacker; his daughter, Tasha Hacker of Valatie; sister Lynda (Hacker) Araoz of Valatie and three nephews, Gregory Hacker, Martin Araoz and Rodrigo Araoz. He was predeceased by his brother, Walter Hacker Jr. Car parts sales and funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 18, at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home Inc., 1015 Kinderhook St., Valatie, with Carlos Araoz officiating. Burial will follow in the Kinderhook Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, April 17, from 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fisher House, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208 or the Spirit and Truth Fellowship International, 180 Robert Curry Drive, Martinsville, IN 46151. The family would like to thank the talented and caring doctors and nurses of the VA Medical Center in Albany, all of whom worked hard to care for Lou and prolong his life.

Published by Albany Times Union on Apr. 14, 2015.
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I hold wonderful memories of cousin Louie, rip
April 10, 2021
Time doesn't erase memories, it was a great blessing to meet with Lou again after many years. I still miss his laugh, emails, an our connections to trains, trolleys, self-propelled rail cars. My Central Vermont Railway Brill car is nearing completion, connections to Germany and Korea there too. Peace is with you, Lou. I'm thankful for that.
robert moeller
April 8, 2021
Miss his laugh and emails. Glad we got together after so many years. April is important. I came home from Korea in April. Soo Ok and I were married in April.
The memory of your spouse remains forever.
robert moeller
April 8, 2020
Time has a way of seeming just a moment ago and a long time ago depending on the circumstances. In this situation it feels very recent. Have a tin figure on my desk of a man guiding a Bavarian beer wagon. It reminds me of Lou as I bought this in Germany many years ago near the Hacker family ancestral homestead in northern Bavaria. Prayers that everyone, especially Mina and Tasha, are at peace.
robert moeller
April 8, 2019
I didn't know Lou, but I'm friends with his delightful nephew Greg. Clearly this man was a treasure and I wish I had known him. My deepest condolences to the entire family.
Melinda Deering
April 23, 2015
Through Death to Life, it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to admire them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them.

It has a been a long journey from the U.N. Forces 8th Army Honor Guard- Korea where I had the honor in meeting you where our friendship kindled.

No distance of place or lapse of time Lou can lessen the friendship of those who served thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.

I wish that where I am they also may be with me ... John 17:24-26
Bill Roark
April 20, 2015
what a wonderful obituary. it is definitely a WOW. I used to go yearly to one of the cabins at the lake when lou was 11 to 13, always fun. sorry for your and our loss.
leonard schleicher
April 18, 2015
What a wonderful way to say goodbye to a person who was clearly wonderful.
Petra Caprein-Hoy
April 18, 2015
God Bless Lou Hacker
Barbara Lee
April 18, 2015
Earth was blessed with Christian's wonderful love. I love this obituary. It makes me happy that such a beautiful spirit existed. God bless.
Barbara Lee
April 18, 2015
Eli Morone
April 18, 2015
What a wonderful write up , God Bless
April 18, 2015
I wish I'd known Lou. I hope when I die someone writes an obituary that captures my spirit as well as this one does Lou Hacker's. I never met him, yet I feel I know him through these words, and certainly better than if I'd only driven by his house. Kudos to the person who captured his essence in this way. Our society needs more Lous. This snapshot of Lou's life speaks to all of us about the difference between how things appear and how they really are. At the same time, it shows that one can celebrate a life with humor while grieving a life that left such a deep imprint. I sense that Lou is still smiling, and shepherding the dissemination of what may have appeared to others as his collection of junk.

I hope Lou's obituary and these comments are made into a book and published, giving this generous man a life eternal for all who read it; and the world a lesson on how life can be celebrated, even as it is lost. I am moved by his legacy of generosity and kindness and collection of stuff, as are others who only knew him though these words, yet felt compelled to honor him by commenting here or sharing through Facebook and email.

BTW, are there any '82 diesel Vanagon parts out there in the yard?
J. Pierce
April 18, 2015
Life is Eternal

I am standing upon the seashore
A ship at my side spreads his white sails to the
morning breeze ands heads out to the blue ocean
He is an object of beauty and strength
And I stand and watch him until at length he hangs like a
speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to meet.
Then someone at my side says, "There, he's gone!"
Gone where? Gone from my sight that is all.
He is just as large in mast and hull as he was when he left my side, and just as able to bear his load of living freight to the place of destination.
And just at that moment when someone at my side says, "There! He's gone!" there are other eyes watching him coming. And other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "There! He comes!"
Eli Morone
April 16, 2015
Sounds like a great guy and someone should call Mike and Frank of American Pickers for his stuff! Would make a great episode and tribute.
April 16, 2015
There is such warmth in this obit. I feel like part of Lou's family/life reading this. I guess to know him is to love him. This miracle of a man/family brought something special even to those who did not know him...may you rest in peace mr. Lou..but then again you will find something to do.
colonie grandmother
April 16, 2015
He was an incredibly generous and hard working man. May he rest in peace.
Devin Anderson
April 15, 2015
Wish I'd been lucky enough to have met Lou during his rich, too short life. I still feel fortunate having read his obituary. We should all be so lucky to have such a eulogy.
Jim Reilly, Syracuse
Jim Reilly
April 15, 2015
I've had the pleasure of knowing Lou almost my whole life. His father and my father served in WWII together and stayed friends after the war. We lived in NJ and every summer we would spend several week with the Hackers at Knickerbocker Lake. Lou and I shared many a good time. I have many memories and stories. I was the oldest child of three in our family and I guess I looked up to Lou as an older brother, he was 2 years older. Tasha and Mina I grieve with you at the loss of such a wonderful soul.
Raplh Jannelli
April 15, 2015
I was fortunate to get to know Lou during his years at MOTOR Information Systems and have especially fond memories of the time we were able to spend together on a company sponsored cruise 25 years ago. I can still picture Lou encouraging me to join Mina in a polka dance on the ship - my first and last one ever! Rest in peace, friend.
John and Lynn Lypen
April 15, 2015
We will miss Lou's smiling face! He was a blessing to know and always a joy to be around. God Bless you and your family. Our prayers are with you all.
Joan-Mike Cimino
April 15, 2015
What a wonderful way to remember, may he rest in peace...
Bea Goulff
April 15, 2015
Mina and Tasha,

We feel so blessed to have known your husband/father for so many years. He ALWAYS had a smile on his face, even when he was just driving by our house and waving hello!.
What a tribute you have left him in the obituary. The honor is ours to have ever been in his presence!
Kathy and Pat Crowley
April 15, 2015
I'm sorry for your loss. Lou sounds like an awesome guy. Love to you all.
April 15, 2015
Although I did not know this man. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. May he rest in piece. My thoughts and prayers to his family is this time of their loss. I am sure everytime you look at his "junk" piles it will bring a smile to your face.
April 15, 2015
i didn't know this man, but from reading this, i wish i had met him. sorry for your loss
kellie muller
April 15, 2015
I don't know this man either but the write-up is so interesting I would like to have known him. He obviously left his mark. Condolences to his loved ones.
April 15, 2015
Beautiful and Potent, and how wonderful that you (and he) have made so many people smile, especially in your time of grief. He sounds like a wonderful man to have known. Bless you and my condolences.
April 15, 2015
I have never cried reading the obituary of a person I never met. Until today. Wonderfully written, and a tribute to what seems to have been a wonderful person.
April 14, 2015
Sorry for your loss, I loved the Obit it was a great tribute to a great man that I had the luck of knowing and will always remember as a super nice guy. May he rest in peace and for his loved ones the great memories he has left for you of his life on earth.
Robert Masse
April 14, 2015
Well written, great obituary. Great sense of an obviously wonderful human being. God Bless him!
April 14, 2015
I did not know Lou but feel like I do now. The writer of this obit made me wish I had the pleasure of meeting him and that he will certainly be missed and remembered. My condolences
P Quade
April 14, 2015
My prayers and thoughts are with your family. After reading this he sounds like a great man. He will be helping those in need from above now.
April 14, 2015
To be remembered as this man is, is a true honor. Hope he also had a good dog. May your memories of him never fade.
Russel Smith
April 14, 2015
From what I've just read here this man had a heart that was filled with the love of Jesus and with that said I believe that Jesus has taken him home to be with God !!! Peace be unto the remaining family members...
April 14, 2015
I am proud to say that I met this wonderful guy Lou when I came to the US 11 years ago. I was looking for an apartment then. He was always helpful!
Maria and Ray Baun
April 14, 2015
Rip lou
tracie jones
April 14, 2015
I did not know Mr. Hacker. Clearly, he was "a man among men.this obit captured my heart. The world has lost a true gentleman but the heavens have welcomed one of its brightest stars. I wish peace and love for his family
Darchele Downie
April 14, 2015
He sounds like a wonderful, loving and caring man. I am sorry for your loss and am sorry I was never lucky enough to meet him. There is sure to be a place in Heaven for him. May he rest in peace!
April 14, 2015
This is the best obit I have ever read and a fine tribute to a man I never met. He must have been a wonderful guy. Condolences to his family.
Nancy Lee
April 14, 2015
I know Lou and was saddened to hear of his departure from this life. The obit was brought to my attention by a friend who thought it was most interesting and unusual. Lou and I (and Elsie and Walt) became friends when we all worked at Bob Howard Realty. Lou's interest in BMWs and Triumph TR3s was right in my wheelhouse because at that time I owned one or two of each. I even remember taking the TR3 to a few company picnics at Knickerbocker Lake. I too eventually evolved into a landlord and used to see Lou at Home Depot or Lowes or just out and about which usually resulted in us being late for what we originally set out to do. I always enjoyed his company and conversation whether it was about real estate, cars or life and occasionally we sought out each others advice. My deep sympathy goes out to Lou's family and loved ones. His life impression will last much longer than the sadness of his passing.
andy mironchuk
April 14, 2015
Oh Dear, dear Louie..I am so sorry for your loss, Mina, Linda and family. What a wonderful person, neighbor, story- teller, and truly original character who made growing up near him quite fun. Thank you for an amazing obit that conveys so much and made me smile and cry. God Bless him and hope there's stuff to tinker with in heaven.
Peggy Gavin
April 14, 2015
Marvelous tribute! Vinny Del Giudice, Bloomberg News, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015
I don't know Lou or any of the family, but I was giggling all the way to the end of it. He must have been an amazing man to have known. My condolences to his family & friends.
April 14, 2015
My condolences Tahsa and famiy.
Ascencion Banuelos
April 14, 2015
Mina and Tasha,

Anneliese and I send our deepest sympathy at Lou's passing.
I was very grateful to have found him after all our years of separation after serving together in the Honor Guard many years ago. He was the only one from the unit who went skating with me in Seoul. It was a blessing that Lou, Bill, and I were able to get together for a wonderful time at Hunter Mountain. Other great memories are the Korean New Year's dinner, visits, emails, helping with Lou's German ancestry, and hearing Lou's always happy voice and laugh. May God's peace be with you, now and always. Many blessings,
Bob and Anneliese
Robert Moeller
April 14, 2015
This obit is written proof that I can cry and laugh at the same time. It has been my pleasure to know this man. He was there for me at my worst and gently and lovingly got me through those times. He will be sorely missed. Rupert.
Rupert Eisgruber
April 14, 2015
We will shed tears that Lou is gone and then we will smile because he has lived
Many of us have closed our eyes and pray that he'll come back
But, as we open our eyes we see all he has left
we will cherish his memory and let it live on
So, why smile in such sadness?
It's because of the memories
Of laughter shared in the past.
The humour of life, the fun and the joy,
The reminiscences certain to last.
We will smile with open eyes, love and go on
And then we will smile because he lives on in each and everyone he touched
Dawne Hacker Kelly
April 14, 2015
THE BEST OBITUARY for someone I've ever read! Not just because it was funny, but I could really get a sense of the man he was and picture him going about his life. I'm sorry for your loss but happy that you all had such a wonderful person in your lives! Condolences to all and a big congrats to the author of his obituary who made a total stranger tear up.
April 14, 2015
Lynn and I would like to send our condolences to you all, we feel so honored to have been part of the family..
Lynn and Bill Bradway/Scheriff
April 14, 2015
Tasha and Family, my condolences on the passing of your father.
Joe De Seve
April 14, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Lou Hacker... You were truly a good landlord, you never fail to answer our calls.... your humbleness and good natured attitude never fail to amaze us... we will truly miss your presence in 170 Knox Apartments... Rest in peace....
Marivic & Edward Vergonia
April 14, 2015
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