William P Hackel

March 17, 1946 ~ April 14, 2018 (age 72)

William "Bill" Patrick Hackel, 72, of Hobart, WI passed away at home Saturday, April 14, 2018. He was born on March 17, 1946, to Clarence and Martha (Roovers) Hackel. Bill grew up in Seymour, WI.

He graduated from Seymour High in 1964. Bill earned an associate degree in Carpentry and worked in that field for 10 years while farming. Bill used those skills to build a home with his own hands, for the love of his life, Mary Lynn Reed. Bill and Mary were married in 1970 and loved and laughed together for 48 years.

Working along-side his father and brother, Bill helped grow the family farm into a large successful hog operation. He hog farmed until his retirement. Bill took classes in finance, as his drive was to take care of his family. He was self-taught in many aspects of his life and this was evident in his love of landscaping and gardening. After working long hours, Bill would come home and work in his yard to cultivate a heavenly view for Mary and his 3 children. He enjoyed being a craftsman and created clocks, tables, creches and other works of art.

Bill was well read; his reading of nonfiction made him a source of knowledge to his family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, soaking up the sun, fishing, travels to the Caymen Islands, a drink or two with friends, and playing cards. When his kids were young Bill enjoyed traveling with them and taking them on Sunday picnics; memories they will cherish forever.

Bill is survived by his spouse, Mary; children: Trisha (Eric) DeBruin of Seymour; Paul (girlfriend Kari) Hackel of Hobart; Stacey (Eric) Leisgang of Oneida; grandchildren: Jacob, Olivia, William and Braden DeBruin, Dylan and Austin Hackel, Colin and Lucas Leisgang; siblings: Maryann Hackel and Rosemary (Duane) Hanson, both of Appleton; Jim (Elizabeth) Hackel of Pulaski; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws Eugene and Kathleen Reed; brothers-in-law: James Przykucki, Fritz Blome, and Larry Welch.

Friends may call at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Oneida on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 9:00 am until the funeral mass at 11:00 am with Father John Chrysostom Katamba officiating.

Online condolences maybe expressed to Bill’s family at

Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of memorial donations Mary's wish is that you remember Bill by planting a tree, a flower, or a garden and enjoy God's beauty as he did.

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