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Obituary: Edgar Hackman, Seymour

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Edgar Hackman was born March 15, 1923 in Jackson County. He passed away Saturday December 22, 2012 at the Lutheran Community Home.He was the son of Martin and Edna (Nierman) Hackman, both of whom preceded him in death. He married Pauline (Krumme) Hackman on June 27, 1948.

Survivors include his wife; two sons Steven (Karen) Hackman and Michael (Janet) Hackman; grandchildren: Lisa (Steven) Summerlot, Aaron (Stephanie) Hackman, Brian (Brooke) Hackman, and Adam (Amy) Hackman; eight great-grandchildren and 15 nephews and nieces. Also surviving are one brother, Harold (Joan) Hackman; sisters, Norma McNeal and Madeline Rothert.

Edgar was on Jackson County Fair Board for 53 years, served as its president two years and secretary-treasurer for 18 years, also served on numerous committees and received a plaque for his involvement in 4-H activities for over 60 years and also received an Honorary FFA Chapter degree. He judged livestock exhibits at other county fairs.

He was secretary-treasurer of Eastern-Southeastern Fair Circuit for four years. He was Director of the Indiana Association of County and District Fairs, was named to “Hall of Fame” in 1991, was President in 1995 and served on various committees for seven years.

In 2000 he was the first person from Indiana to receive the American Heritage Award for Volunteer Leadership at the International Fair Convention in Las Vegas.

In 2001 he was appointed by the Governor as a Director of Indiana State Fair Board during which time he was chairman of Pioneer Village for two years and chairman of Pioneer Our Land Pavilion for six years. In 2008 he received a Grand Champion Banner for serving 8 years as a Director of Indiana State Fair.

He was a long-time member of Purdue Alumni Association, John Purdue Club, Purdue Legislative Awareness Network, Director of Jackson County Purdue Club, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Crop Improvement Association, American Legion Post 89 of Seymour, and Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Funeral services will be conducted at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Friday, December 28 at 10:30 a.m. with Revs. Ralph Blomenberg, Philip Bloch,  Jimmy Rodriguez and Vicar Joseph Barlau officiating. Friends and family may call at Voss Chapel on Thursday Dec. 27th from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Friday after 9:30 a.m. until time of service at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Memorials may be given through the Voss Chapel to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran School, and the donor’s choice.

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