More detail on this person: WILBUR HACKETT Sept. 27, 1949 ~ March 26, 2007 Former Alaska resident Wilbur R. "Will" Hackett, 57, beloved husband, father and brother, died peacefully March 27, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with olivopontocerebellar ataxia, with many of his family members at his side. Throughout the progress of this disease, he maintained his beautiful smile and great sense of humor. A chapel service will be at 1 p.m. June 14 at Fort Myer Chapel, Va., with interment immediately afterward at Arlington National Cemetery. Will was born Sept. 27, 1949, in Mount Clemens, Mich., to the late Lt. Col. Wilbur and Edna Hackett. He spent his freshman and sophomore years at West High School until June of 1966, graduating from Novato High School in Novato, Calif., in 1968. In his youth, he lived in Anchorage and on Elmendorf Air Force Base for eight years and was known for early morning forays to Ship Creek, where he would successfully land his share of salmon. As an adult he happily returned and was assigned to Fort Richardson from 1988 to 1992. He retired as a CW4 from the U.S. Army with 21 years of service to his country as a helicopter pilot and instructor. His family wrote: "Will had a great love for flying, fishing and spending time with family and friends. His laughter was infectious and frequent." Will is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jocelyn Hackett, of Yorktown, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, April and Brian Badger of Newport News, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Daryl and Amy Hackett of Newport News; sisters and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Bill Mehner of Anchorage, and Marianne Scott of Vancouver, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Josie Hackett of Surprise, Ariz.; nieces, Bethany Weiser of Anchorage and Whitney Mehner of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren; and many other nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the National Ataxia Foundation, 2600 Fernbrook Lane, Suite 119, Minneapolis MN 55447 (phone: 612-553-0020) in memory of Will Hackett. Condolences may be sent to Jody Hackett, 102 Lynn's Way, Yorktown, VA 23692.
Burial information: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
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