Donald Charles Hacker

Published 9:53 am Tuesday, October 19, 2010

IRONTON – Donald Charles “Dynamite” Hacker, 85, of Ironton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, Ky. The Lawrence County native was born Jan. 20, 1925, the son of the late Frank Lee and Clara Augusta Kerber Hacker. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Ann Gibson Hacker, whom he married July 18, 1952.

Mr. Hacker was a graduate of St. Joseph High School. He was a U.S. WWII Army Veteran, serving in the Company B 303rd Medical Battalion, from April 5, 1943-Jan. 29, 1946. He served in England, France, Belgium, Germany, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. While serving in the Army, he earned multiple Bronze Stars for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the American Campaign Medal, The Combat Medical Badge, and the Meritorious Service Plaque. He was an honorary Grand Marshall for the 138th Memorial Day Parade and was a former foundry worker for the Dayton Malleable Iron Co. and retired in 1980 after 27 years of service.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Ann Pauley and a sister, Ositha Martin.

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In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Rock Meadows of Ironton; a son and daughter-in-law: Joseph and Rhonda Hacker of Ironton; daughter, Heidi Lawson of Ironton; 11 grandchildren, Brian Pauley, Michael Pauley, Gary Pauley, Dr. Jim Meadows, Scott Meadows, Jeremy Meadows, Joey Hacker, Stephen Hacker, Taylor Hacker, Mandi Miller and Andrew Lawson; eight great grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Margaret Skinner of Ironton.

There will be a private funeral service, with Father Tim Kozak officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with graveside military rites by V.F.W. Post 8850. There will be no public visitation. Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 South Seventh Street, Ironton, Ohio is in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers will be Jim Meadows, Scott Meadows, Jeremy Meadows, Rock Meadows, Heath Knight, Andrew Lawson, and Stephen Hacker. Honorary Pallbearer will be Joey Hacker.