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Rock Road Chapel
Wednesday January 13th, 2021

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Donald Edward Hackel

KNOX- Donald E. Hackel, Don Hackel, 65, of Spring Hill, TN took his “Pilgrim” journey to his forever home early morning on Sunday, January 10, 2021. In his final weeks, Don was surrounded by all of his family in his daughter’s home in Knox, NY. He was free to laugh, cry, tell jokes and watch his favorite movie “Jeremiah Johnson”.

Don played important roles in life: son, husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. Because of this, he was known by many names; Grad-daddy, Papa, uncle, son-in-law, Hack, Georgie, Fred and “Pilgrim”. Yet, of all the roles he played and all the names he answered to- his most important role and name was Follower of Christ.

Don was mostly known as a strong man of faith. He lived his life based on God’s word, always trying to implement and walk out the teachings of Jesus.

As one of Don’s favorite movie says, “Hero’s get remembered, but legends never die”. Don: the man, the myth, the legend!

We love you, we miss you, but we know we will see you again- for you are a hero that will ever be remembered and a legend that will truly never die.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Kris; his children’ Maria (Dan), Kate (Justin), Zac (Emily), Caleb, Anna (Sam), Grace, Josh, and of course Elijah; his grandbabies, Emma, Walter, Zachary “Zig”, Forrest, Wayne, Ella, Lucy, Coleman, Zara, J, N and M, as well as a host of other family and friends.


I am so sorry to hear of Hacks passing. We spent much time together playing basketball at Sennings garage across from Grams and Gramp Meilingers with Mark & Bob Taylor when we were in our early teens. We also enjoyed time at Browns Beach with his sister,Debbie and Dons mother. I will also remember when Dons mother took us to the Mohawk Drive In by going over what is now Route 155 before it was officially opened. It certainly was a short cut at the time. They certainly made me feel as part of the family as they did for numerous friends of the Hackel and Meilinger family. We continued our relationship through high school playing basketball and being fraternity brothers in Sigma Kappa Delta. RIP brother Don, I will always remember and never forget our time together. Rich Blackman

Rich Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

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