James A. Hacker, age 71 of Marion, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 1, 2021, following an extended illness.
Born on September 15, 1949 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Jim grew up in Zion, Illinois. In 1969, his job took him to Marion, Ohio, where he met Kathy Branch. They were married on June 26, 1971. He attended OSU and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1977.
Jim’s first accounting job took him to Papua New Guinea, where he served five years as the accountant for the Lutheran Church of PNG. The remainder of his working career included the insurance industry (Life Care Plus in Columbus) and the Board of Developmental Disabilities in Marion and Fulton Counties. He retired in 2015.
His Christian faith and his family and friends were most important to Jim. Through his life, he enjoyed outdoor activities, beginning with surfing on Lake Michigan. Without a lake in Marion, he enjoyed canoeing, hunting, and fishing. And, of course, watching Ohio State football.
Jim is survived by his wife Kathy; his son Jason (Rylie) Hacker of Delaware, Ohio; his daughter-in-law Kimberly Hacker of Marion; his four grandchildren Todd, Bethany, Dylan, and Samantha; his brother John (Carol) Hacker of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois; his sister Doreen (Edward) Matteson of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Marie Hacker and his son Aaron Hacker.
Jim's family would like to thank Ohio Health for the excellent care he received the last three years at Marion General Hospital, the Oncology/Hemotology Department, the hospice care team, and especially the nurses at the Infusion Center.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 3 pm at Hope Family Church, 197 E. Center St., Marion, with visitation taking place at the church from 1 pm to 3 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Family Church or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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