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Dr. Hal Charles Hackett




Dr. Hal Charles Hackett, age 82 years, of Archbold, Ohio, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2008, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born March 15, 1926 in Adrian, Mich., the son of Lowell and Helen (Pifer) Hackett and married Carol Louis Schwall on Sept. 6, 1947.

He was a 1944 graduate of Wauseon High School, and received his D.D.S. degree from Ohio State University in 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II and the Army during the Korean Conflict. He interned at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco, Calif., and Fort Knox, Ky., and set up his practice in Archbold in 1954.

He served on the Boards of Four County Schools and Archbold Area Schools. He was past president of the local chapter of Rotary International and a member of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce.

He joined Gideons International and served on the Gideon Bible Study and Prayer Team at the Northwest Ohio Correctional Center, qualifying to move detainees to various activities in the Correctional Center. Hal was a pilot and earned his instrument rating.

He was an active lifelong member of the Archbold United Methodist Church and a regular in the church choir. He also enjoyed fellowship and daily Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church. He and the entire family went on medical missions to Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

Retiring after 35 years in dentistry, he enjoyed the winter months skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He loved the exhilaration and the freedom in skiing down the slopes among the snow-covered pine trees with his children and grandchildren. Summer months were spent sailing and swimming with family at Devil’s Lake, Mich.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; five children, Pat Thomas (Kim) Hackett of Wauseon, Michael Harry (Gail) Hackett of Gates Mills, Ohio, Margaret Helen Hackett (John) of Baltimore, Md., Anne Mary Hackett (Danny) Ayalon of Israel, and William Lowell Hackett of Yuma, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, Ryan Patrick Hackett, Oscar Samuel Hackett, Eve Grace Hackett, John Isaac Oliver, Nathan Hackett Oliver, Zohar Carolyn Ayalon, Avigail Louise Ayalon, Hal William Hackett, Francile Carolyn Hackett, Louis Lowell Hackett and Patrick Michael Hackett; and his sister, Mary Ann Dickson of Groveport, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Helen Hackett.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Archbold United Methodist Church with Rev. David David offi ciating. Private interment was in the Archbold Cemetery with Father Gary Ferguson officiating.

The family suggests that memorials be given to Gideons International, the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Short Funeral Home in Archbold was entrusted with the arrangements.


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