Lloyd Eden Hackler

Lloyd Eden Hackler, 85, of Rock Creek, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012 surrounded by his family at his home.

Lloyd was born Jan. 15, 1927 at the family home in Hanover, Minn. to parents Henry and Edna (Killmer) Hackler. Lloyd grew up in Hanover, the second of four boys. He was confirmed at the St. John’s Lutheran Church and attended country school through the eighth grade.

At a young age, Lloyd began working on the family farm. At age 18, Lloyd was drafted into the Army. He served his military service in Texas and Japan. Lloyd was working on the farm of Edward Stieg when he met Mildred Stieg. They were united in marriage Sept. 11, 1948. To this union four sons were born; Ron, Duane, Arnie and Gary.

Throughout their 63+ years of marriage, the family moved 22 times, and Lloyd built all of their homes. Lloyd worked as a farmer and in construction as well. Lloyd was active in the Onamia VFW, where his family all enjoyed many chicken dinners; the Pine City American Legion, the Braham Moose Lodge, and was an active member of the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church of Braham.

Lloyd loved to build and share everything from crosses, washing machines, trucks, cars, and tin men. He was always open to new ideas.  He especially enjoyed growing vegetables and sharing them with others.  Lloyd loved and enjoyed his family and friends. Always ready with a story or joke, and a helping hand. He will be missed.

Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ralph (Verneda), and Verle (Ethel).

He is survived by his wife Mildred, sons Ron (Barb) of New Brighton, Duane of Rock Creek, Arnie (Judy) of Stanchfield, and Gary (Cindy) of Braham; grandchildren David (Lynn), Dennis (Nancy), Jonathan (Jodi), Michael (Missi), Bryon (Faliesha), Jeff, Jason, Colette Hoff, and Kim Brazle; 18 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren; brother George (Mardell) Hackler of Verndale; brothers-in-law Edward Stieg Jr. of Elk River, and Willard (Lois) Stieg of East Grand Forks; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service was held Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church of Braham with Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Music was provided by the Dave and Kris Garms’ Family. Casketbearers were Lloyd’s Grandsons. Interment was in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham. Arrangements were by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.