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Vol. LXIV, No. 7
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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David L. Hackler

David L. Hackler

David L. Hackler, 80, of Montgomery Township, died peacefully February 14 after a long battle with dementia and heart disease.

Born in Amarillo, Texas, he relocated to Chicago at the age of 13. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 as a navigator of B-29 bombers.

He graduated from Loyola Chicago with a B.A. in English and attended the University of Chicago’s MBA program.

A resident of Montgomery Township since 1965, Mr. Hackler worked for Worthington Diagnostics Corporation in Freehold as a professional writer. He published two textbooks for children, How Maps and Globes Help Us and How Charts and Drawings Help Us, as well as articles for Mercator’s World Magazine.

He served on the Montgomery Township School Board and Montgomery Township Municipal Alliance, and was a member of the Board of Crawford House and the 24 Club of Princeton. He was also a dedicated member of AA for the last 39 years.

A lover of music since his first trombone lesson at the age of nine, Mr. Hackler played trombone with The Blawenburg Band and the Blawenburg Dixieland Band. He also played tuba for Marshall’s Dixieland Band. He enjoyed watercolor painting and had several pieces on display at the Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill.

The son of the late James P. Hackler and Bertha Belle McClendon, brother of the late James Hackler and Roger Hackler, husband of the late Noretta Miller and Mary McNamara, father of the late Jane Elizabeth Hackler, and grandfather of the late Andrew T. Baker, he is survived by seven children, Nora Kelly of Schertz, Texas, Ellen Hackler of Manassas, Va., Anne Kief of Red Hook, N.Y., James Hackler of Coral Springs, Fla., Joseph Hackler of Hatchville, Mass., Jean Weakliem of Skillman, N.J., and Jennifer Hackler of Silver Spring, Md.; a sister, Nancy McConnell of Greenwich, Conn.; a brother, Thomas Hackler of Sarasota, Fla.; and 15 grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 at 22 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the 24 Club of Princeton, 1225 State Road, Princeton 08540 (; or to Crawford House, P.O. Box 255, Skillman 08558.

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