CHARLESTON, IL – Alonzo Ned Hackett, age 87 of Charleston passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 29, 2021 with loving family at his side. A privately held graveside service was conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021, at Mound Cemetery in Charleston. Military services were conducted by the combined Honor Guard of the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592 and Charleston American Legion Post #93, in cooperation with the funeral service detail of the Illinois Army National Guard. Those wishing to donate memorials in his honor may do so to the Charleston Food Pantry and mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Ned was born March 17, 1934, in Camargo, Illinois, a son of the late Alonzo Pearl and Elizabeth Indiana (Brewer) Hackett. He married Rebecca Ann Myers on October 26, 1962, in Charleston. In addition to Becky, his wife of 58 years, Ned is survived by a daughter, Karen Strader and husband Gene of Lerna; two grandchildren, Micah Gray and husband Adam of Jewett, and Jonathan Laue and wife Danielle of Mattoon; four great-grandchildren, Joel, Leah and Hank Gray and Livingston Laue; a sister, Maxine Cole of Mattoon; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings, his twin brother, F. Ted Hackett, Ray Hackett, Dale Hackett, Louise Genevieve Petrovich, Joyce Arbergash and Carol Jeane Rose.
Ned was a graduate of Charleston High School and faithfully served his country with the United States Army. For 34 years, he was employed as a cable splicer with Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company, a job that he truly enjoyed. Ned loved his home and took great pride in keeping it looking neat and tidy. His lawn was always mowed, and the shrubs trimmed. He enjoyed helping friends and neighbors with their yardwork as well. Ned loved to tinker and build things and usually had a project going in his garage. He was blessed with good friends and the local coffee shop provided a location to meet and visit on a regular basis. Ned and Becky also looked forward to many trips to Las Vegas through the years to visit one of his best and closest friends. Ned loved his family dearly and there are many fond memories of family camping trips and special times shared. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren affectionately referred to him as “Paps” and he will be truly missed by those who loved him most.
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