Robert 'Bob' Haecker, 70

Robert J. "Bob" Haecker, 70, of rural North Manchester, died at 2:21 p.m., Thursday, March 29, 2018, at his home. 

He was born July 13, 1947, in Peru, to Harry Vercil Haecker and V. Colleen (Grumpp) Haecker Summers.

Bob was a 1966 graduate of Northfield High School.  He married Chris K. Pugh in Wabash on Aug. 12, 1971.  He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart during his tour.  Bob was a retired farmer. 

He was a member of the Roann Niconza Christian Fellowship Church, the Laketon American Legion Post 402, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  He enjoyed restoring antique tractors, collecting toy tractors, gardening, raising ducks, riding in his gator, and especially spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his wife, Chris K. Haecker of North Manchester; four children, Tammy Haecker of Winona Lake, Bobby (June) Haecker, Ronnie (Tricia Howard) Haecker, and Sonya (Brian) Hammons, all of North Manchester; nine grandchildren, Michael (Amber) Burkey of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Nicholas (Jaclyn) Burkey of Colorado Springs, Colo., Christopher Rymer of Omaha, Neb., Cassie (Larry) McClelland of Warsaw,  Emily Haecker, Braydon Sewell, and Bailey Sewell, all of North Manchester, Bre Howard of Fort Wayne, and Shawna Howard of Indianapolis; three great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Doris Moore of Somerset, Bonnie (Duane) Caudill of Silver Lake, and Tom (Amy) Haecker of Wabash; sister-in-law, Ruth Haecker of Morton, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, William "Bill" Haecker.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Phil Medsger officiating.  Burial will be in Marion National Cemetery, Marion.  Friends may call 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Riley Hospital for Children.

The memorial guest book for Bob may be signed at



Posted on 2018 Mar 30