He was born in Whitehall, Ind. on July 11, 1927 to Robert H. and Mabel (Sims) Hacker.
He was an Army Air Force Veteran, serving in Japan as a radio operator at the end of WWII. Herschel was of the Methodist faith. He enjoyed woodworking, word seek books, and following NASCAR, especially Jeff Gordon. He was a professional carpenter, working for many different contractors in Owen County, Monroe County and the Paragon area.
Herschel is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary (Thompson) Hacker; a son, Roger (Nancy) Hacker of Hobbieville; a daughter, Phyllis (Gerald) Sowders of Bloomington; grandchildren, Tracy (Karen) Byers, Shannon (Brad) Goodall, Chad Hacker; Courtney (Justin) Leinbach, and Jesse (Julia) Sowders; great-grandchildren, Kisa Byers, Zadyn and Lenix Leinenbach, Kaitlyn Goodall, Alex Pate, Clayton Sowders, Jessah Sowders, and Loghan Sowders and a special niece, Rita Bruce
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Robert Hacker, Paul Hacker, Rex (Doc) Hacker, Earl Hacker and Ernest Hacker.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24 at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer with Philip Barker officiating. Burial will follow at Solsberry Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Spencer American Legion and VFW.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. until time on service on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the I.U. Health Hospice House, Bloomington.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.westparrishpedigo.com.