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Monday, December 13, 2021

Obituary - Joe R. Hackler

Joe R. Hackler, 88, of Archie, Missouri was restored to health, after his 9-year battle with Parkinson’s, when he was called home to Heaven on December 10, 2021. 

Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 2:30 pm at Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, with family receiving friends beginning at 1:30 pm. Interment will follow in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, MO. Memorial donations may be made to the Archie United Methodist Church.

Joe was born August 1, 1933 to Thomas Franklin and Eva Pearl (Parkson) Hackler at their home in Everett in the big stone house. Joe attended eight years of grade school at the Steen School just down the road from his home. He graduated from Archie High School in May 1951. Joe married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann Bell, on December 8, 1951. They recently celebrated 70 years of marriage together. They were blessed with two daughters and many grandkids and great-grandkids.

Joe served in the United States Army from November 2, 1953 – 1955. Following his service, Joe and Barbara returned to Archie to make it their home. In 1958, Joe opened a Rock Quarry in partnership with Lyle Limpus, nine miles west of Archie, known as the Hackler and Limpus Quarries. After selling the Garden City Quarry in 1972, he fully devoted his time to farming and running a cow-calf operation. In his free time, Joe enjoyed the outdoors with a moose hunt in Canada and several deer hunting adventures in Colorado. After farm retirement, Joe enjoyed spending time golfing with his buddies or playing cards with them when the weather wasn’t nice.

Joe was a devoted Archie resident. He was a director for many years at the Archie State Bank. He served on the Archie School Board for 7 years as a board member and then President of the Board. Joe continued to volunteer many hours to the school later in life with the helping of the dirt work on the Archie Sports Complex. He was a member of the Archie United Methodist Church. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work and love for his family.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother; and sister, Maxine Lethcho. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; his daughters: Melinda Hamilton (Harold) and Lori Hackler, all of Archie, MO; their families: Kristi and Chad Reynolds and their sons, Talan and Rylan; Matt and Megan Johnson and their children, Grace and Levi; Travis and Aryliss Hamilton and their children, Cole and Addy; Taylor and Amanda Flanery and their sons, Tristan and AJ; his sister, June Hess of Butler, MO; his brother, Bud Hackler, of Drexel, MO; and many nieces, nephews, and family friends.