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Billy (Bill) Hacker 1934 ~ 2017
Billy (Bill) Hacker of Harper, Kansas, died in the Attica Long Term Care Facility surrounded by family on Nov. 5, 2017. He was 82 years old.
Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruthann Hacker (née McDowell); his sons Craig Hacker of Wichita, Kansas; and Chad (Nicole) Hacker of Harper, Kansas.; five grandchildren—Caeden (Kelsy) Fly and Cassie Hacker of Hutchinson, Kansas; Hannah Heatherman of Manhattan, Kansas; and Jeslin and Braelyn Durham of Harper, Kansas; two great-grandchildren—Kambrie and Kip Fly of Hutchinson, Kansas. He is also survived by brother Gary (Shelley) Coffey of Harper, Kansas.
Bill is preceded in death by son William Bradley Hacker; siblings Lola Jean Ingle of Drumright, Oklahoma; Lavota Loper of Wichita, Kansas; and Aldean Mark, Lucille Seifert, and George (Clifford) Hacker of Harper, Kansas. Bill’s older brother, Verl Hacker, was killed in action in World War II and is buried in Florence, Italy.
Bill was born Dec. 8, 1934 in Harper, Kansas, to George Hacker and Goldie Coffey. Bill spent nearly his entire life in the City of Harper. He was a 1953 graduate of Harper High School. After high school, he attended Hutchinson Junior College. He also served in the National Guard until 1962, making frequent trips to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for training. He started to work at Boeing in Wichita, Kan., and after the birth of their son, Bill moved to Roswell, New Mexico, where he continued to work at Boeing. In 1962, Bill returned to Harper and continued to work at Boeing in Wichita.
In June 1971, Bill became the Water Superintendent, starting a long career working for the City of Harper. Following the resignation of City Clerk Bob Henderson, Bill was appointed to City Clerk of Harper on Feb. 1, 1972. Throughout most of his career as City Clerk, Bill was a member of the South Central Kansas Economic Development District where he served as president 1983-1984.
Bill served the City of Harper in many other roles. He was volunteer firefighter for 25 years, a municipal judge for nine years and a member of the Recreation Commission for nine years. Bill retired from city in 1999. He was an active member of the Harper Masonic Lodge for many years where he discovered his hidden talent for making funnel cakes.
Passionate about sports, Bill started announcing games for the Harper Bearcats in 1964, and after Chaparral High School was built, he became the Voice of the Roadrunners. Bill coached Senior Babe Ruth Baseball, fast pitch softball teams and summer league softball teams. He started the softball team at Chaparral in 2000. Some referred to Bill as the Roadrunners #1 Fan because he never missed a home or away game.
Bill continued to be active in his retirement as a bus driver. He drove daily routes for the high school and the junior high in addition to numerous school activity trips, which allowed him to continue to cheer on the Roadrunners. Bill finally retired completely in 2011.
Cremation has taken place. Friends may register from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial Service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017 at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Harper. Private family inurnment will take place at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Big Blue Backers and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 613 W 14th ~ Harper, Kansas 67058 is in charge of the arrangments. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com