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Colonel Kenneth John “Ken” Hacker

February 22, 1944 -

Colonel Kenneth John “Ken” Hacker, U.S. Air Force, Ret., 77, of Lynchburg passed away Friday, December 3, 2021, in a local hospital.

He was born on February 22, 1944, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in New Ulm, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Air Forces as a pilot in the field of aviation security until his retirement. He was a lifelong avid golfer, achieving multiple holes in one.

Ken was a sports fan and loved the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota twins. He loved his country and was an avid reader of American history.

Surviving are his wife, Jenny Hacker; children, Kelly Becker (Rick), Kurt Hacker (Catherine), and Carrie Ward; stepdaughter, Regina Peña (John); nine grandchildren; former spouse, Carol Hacker; brother, Ronald Hacker (Rita); sisters, Pamela Bundy (Randy), Beverly Emery (David) and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, December 6, 2021 in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the American Legion Post 16, 1301 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, December 6, 2021 in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the American Legion Post 16, 1301 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

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Dear Uncle Ken, May you rest in peace. It was a shock to hear of your passing. I was looking forward to visiting with you in Lynchburg, Virginia the next time we had a chance to come out to the east coast. I was so thankful to at least have had a chance to talk with you on the phone several months ago and to see you briefly the last time we were in Virginia, two years ago. It was so nice of you to make the long drive up and then back to enjoy Albert’s piano performance at John Bradley’s home in Vienna, Virginia on that day. Reflecting back, I remember some early times, when I was a young child, visiting with you and family during holidays or summer breaks. One of the earliest times I remember was visiting your home in Nebraska. I can’t remember the name of the family dog you had then, but I can remember walking too closely by his food bowl and getting snapped at. That instilled in me a fear and respect for dogs I have to this day. I remember visiting grandma and grandpa in McAllen, Texas with both families together at Christmas and other times at their cabin at Jail Lake outside of Pine River, Minnesota during the summer. I can remember visiting regularly after both of our families made the move to Northern Virginia. If not meeting at one of our homes, hiking or biking at Burke Lake or perhaps renting a video from Erol’s, we would meet somewhere for dinner, at places that may longer be there, but will remain in memory forever, like Victoria Station, the Black Eyed Pea, or Po’ Folks. Then later on visiting with you on several occasions while you were in Brigantine, New Jersey. All of those are special times that will continue to stick with me. Although it wouldn’t count as a visit, I recall from our last phone conversation that you mentioned having been out here years ago at the El Toro Marine Air Station, which has since been decommissioned and closed down, but now makes up a good chunk of the city I’m now residing in. I thought it an interesting connection, but then again maybe there is no place you haven’t been, which is all the more true now. Please take care up there. We will miss you here.

Posted by Ross Hacker on December 13, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to you. You were a wonderful brother. I’m so glad you made the time to be with your brother doing something you both love.

Posted by Sonja and Ernesto Lopez on December 9, 2021

Very sorry to hear this. Ken and I served in the 1st Combat Eval Group, Barksdale AFB, LA He was an excellent pilot and evaluator and it was a pleasure to serve with him.

Posted by Ron Simonetti on December 6, 2021

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