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Norman Hackstadt

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Norman Hackstadt

Mr. Norman W. Hackstadt of rural Nashville, IL departed this life in the Friendship Manor Health Care Center in Nashville on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 3:20 A.M. He had attained the age of 82 years, 10 months and 1 day.

Norman was born in Plum Hill Twp., Washington County, IL on July 31, 1933 the son of Emil and Alvena (nee Nagel) Hackstadt. He was united in marriage to Lavayne Schwengels in the St. John United Church of Christ in Plum Hill on June 7, 1959. After their marriage, Norman and Lavayne moved to Centralia, IL and lived there until 1964 when they moved to the farm in Plum Hill.

Mr. Hackstadt served with the United States Army from 1953 until 1955, having been stationed in Germany for 18 months. He was a member of American Legion Post 110 of Nashville. Norman worked as a mechanic at the Pfeffer Motor Company in Centralia and then later as a farmer until his retirement. He was a member of the Washington County Farm Bureau and served on the board of directors of the Okawville Farmer’s Elevator in Okawville, IL and Addieville, IL for 21 years. He was a life-long member of the St. John United Church of Christ in Plum Hill where he had previously served on the Church Council as well as holding various other church offices. Norman enjoyed bowling and was a bowler for the Riechmann Brothers team for several years. He also loved to go deer hunting.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Lavayne of rural Nashville; a daughter, Kendra Vanagas and husband Jim of Mt. Vernon, IL; a son, Neal Hackstadt and wife Angie of rural Nashville; four grandchildren, Brian Vanagas and wife Sara of Decatur, IL, and Madison, Sevanah and Jenna Hackstadt all of rural Nashville; a great grandson, Bode Vanagas of Decatur, plus another new great grandson expected to arrive any time; a sister, Elaine Wernecke and husband Wilbert of Addieville; an aunt, Mathilda Hackstadt of Okawville; a sister-in-law, Corine Reid and husband Fred of Nashville; numerous nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Brinkman and husband Virgil and Gladys Brinkmann and husband Marvin; a niece, Carol Brinkman and a nephew, Jeff Brinkmann.

Funeral services were held at the St. John United Church of Christ in Plum Hill on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 11 A.M. with Pastor Don Jones officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Military graveside rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 110 of Nashville.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the St. John Building Fund, the Alzheimers Association or to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.

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