Sebring – Walter C. Hacker, 88, of Copeland Oaks, formerly of East Palestine, died 1:45 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Crandall Medical Center.
Mr. Hacker was born September 14, 1924 in Negley, a son of Albert T. and Cora Watson Hacker and had lived in Sebring since 2004, coming from East Palestine. He was a 1942 graduate of East Palestine High School and a 1947 graduate of McKim Technical Institute. He served in the US Navy during WW II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre as a Petty Officer. He was a member of the United States L.S.T. Association and the Ohio Amphibs Association. 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, East Palestine where he served as an Elder and Deacon and was also chairman of the building committee for the Christian Education wing. Mr. Hacker was a member and Past Master of Negley Lodge #565 F. & A.M., a member and Past High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio #204, and a member of Royal & Select Masons of Ohio Council #123 of East Palestine. He was a fifty year plus member of all three Masonic bodies.
He is survived by his wife, the former Rebecca Jane Zundel, whom he married May 6, 1950; his two children, Audrey Kay and her husband, Thomas Jordan of Canfield; their daughter, Jill (Steve) Jaeger and their son, Patrick of Gulfport, FL and their son, Nathan Jordan of Peoria, IL and 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, November 12, 2012 at the Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home, 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 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Monday where Negley Lodge will conduct Masonic Services at 11:15 a.m. Monday.