Max L. Hacker, DVM
June 19, 1942 – February 22, 2019
Dr. Max Hacker passed away on Friday February 22, 2019 after a fierce battle with cancer. He was born on June 19, 1942 to Mason & Mary Hacker (Wiedel) in Sterling, Ill. He attended Kansas State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in June 1966, and his DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) in June 1968. He moved first to Auburn, to join a small practice with Drs. Peck and Mowry before settling in Crete, where he joined the Crete Veterinary Clinic and later continued in private practice. Dr. Hacker was known for his work ethic, his dedication to his trade and what seemed like boundless energy. A man of great strength, he lived his life on his own terms and worked at his farm until his last day. Max enjoyed his work, his clients and each and every patient he ever helped. He will leave a void in the many lives he touched and will always be a one of a kind. Few will forget his entertaining sayings, his love of civil war history, fondness for his summer garden, and the many forays into political discussions. Those who knew him, loved him. Max was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Hanabarger, at the age of 99. He leaves behind a family that loved and embraced him in every way, they include; sister Lois (Shelby) Rowzee of Rock Falls, Ill., brother Larry (Nelda) Hacker of Lincoln, Ark., brother Richard Hacker of Sterling, Ill., daughter Leah Hacker of Crete, daughter Anastasia Knoblach of Clearwater, Fla., son Greg Hacker of Lincoln, and daughter Jennifer Hacker of Omaha. He also leaves behind five grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, at Butherus, Maser and Love, 4040 A Street, Lincoln, with a lunch to follow. Private burial with the family in Sterling, Ill. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for later designation.