William “Bill” Carl Hacker of Cass City, age 88, died following a brief illness Sunday, December 1, 2019, in Covenant Medical Center Cooper Campus, Saginaw. He was born July 3, 1931, in Detroit to William Jacob and Wanda P. (Stark) Hacker. He married Loretta Lou Trisch on January 13, 1951, and together they celebrated almost 69 years of marriage.

Bill moved to Cass City in 1941 and graduated from Cass City High School in 1949. He began working on the family dairy farm in 1951. When Bill wasn’t dairy farming, he was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Bill enjoyed visiting his cabin and fishing on George Lake. He was fond of playing cards and watching the Detroit Tigers on television. Bill loved spending time with his family. In retirement, he enjoyed driving Amish school children and their families.    

Bill is survived by his wife Loretta; daughter, Wanda (David) Gilles of Brighton; son, John (Marnie) Hacker of Cass City; eight grandchildren: Melissa (Casey) Joling, Chad Gilles, Katie (Dan) Rinke, Leslie (Brandon) Stec,  Jenny (Kyle) Kowalski, Rebecca (Kyle) Middaugh, Jacob (Katie) Hacker, Tom Lang; six great-grandchildren:  Cruz Joling, Maren Rinke, Riley Rinke, Michael Stec, Jack Kowalski, Ben Middaugh; and sister, Elaine Phelps of Caro. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Winnie Williams; foster children: Liz Vargo and David Vargo.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Covenant Medical Center Cooper Campus, Saginaw for the care and compassion during Bill’s stay. They would also like to thank Pastor Steve Bagnall for his support, guidance and prayers. 

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2019, in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City and from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019 in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Cass City with Rev. Steve Bagnall officiating. Interment will be in Novesta Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Cass City. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.

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