EAST PALESTINE- Walter C. Hacker, 88, of Copeland Oaks, formerly of East Palestine, died 1:45 p.m. Thursday at Crandall Medical Center.
Mr. Hacker was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Negley, a son of Albert T. and Cora Watson Hacker, and had lived in Sebring since 2004, moving from East Palestine. He was a 1942 graduate of East Palestine High School and a 1947 graduate of McKim Technical Institute. He served as a petty officer in the U.S. Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War II.
He worked for the G. M. McKelvey/Higbee Company for 30 years as a refrigeration and appliance technician. Since 1983 he was employed as a warranty parts manager with V & V Appliance Parts Company, retiring in 1998.
He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in East Palestine where he served as an elder and deacon and was also chairman of the building committee for the Christian Education wing.
He is survived by his wife, the former Rebecca Jane Zundel, whom he married on May 6, 1950; daughter Audrey Kay and her husband, Thomas Jordan, of Canfield, their daughter, Jill (Steve) Jaeger and their son, Patrick, of Gulfport, Fla., and their son, Nathan Jordan of Peoria, Ill.; and daughter Rebecca Lynne and her husband, Martin Hibbard, and their daughters, Maria Hibbard and Teresa Hibbard, all of Gahanna.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home in East Palestine with Pastor Carolyn Griffeth officiating. Burial will follow in Achor Cemetery with military honors accorded by the East Palestine Honor Guard Group. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday where Negley Lodge will conduct Masonic Services at 11:15 a.m.
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