Herbert-Louis Hackbarth | Kossuth County Advance

November 4, 1929 – February 24, 2022

Herbert Hackbarth, 92, of Spirit Lake and formerly of Lotts Creek., died February 24, 2022 in Aspire of Estherville. Funeral services will be held March 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lotts Creek. Interment will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Lotts Creek. Visitation will be March 4, 4-7 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lotts Creek. Lentz Funeral Home in Algona is helping the family. www.lentzfuneralhome.com. Services will be streamed live on the Lentz Funeral Home website: https://www.hdezwebcast.com/show/herbert-louis-hackbarth.

Herbert (Herb) Louis Hackbarth, the son of Louis Albert Ferdinand and Rosa Anna Maria (Meine) Hackbarth, was born November 4, 1929 on the family farm in Lotts Creek Township, Kossuth County. Herb was baptized on November 28, 1929 and confirmed on April 18, 1943 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lotts Creek. Herb was a faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lotts Creek all his life.

As a youth, Herb attended the country school and the Immanuel Lutheran parochial school. He graduated from Fenton High School in 1947. He was a good athlete and spent three years in basketball and eight years in baseball, spring and fall. Before beginning his career in agriculture, he attended college at Luther College in Decorah.

Herb married Joanne Lee Meyer on August 31, 1954 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burt. The couple happily celebrated 67 years of marriage in 2021. During their life together, they often worked side by side, earning a living by growing grain and raising chickens and pigs. They were especially proud and blessed to have three children: Dirk, Denise and Bruce, and raised their family while farming.

In his younger years, Herb enjoyed hunting, baseball, softball, boat fishing and ice fishing. His greatest joy, however, was his family, and he and Joanne loved watching their granddaughters’ high school and college sporting events. Herb was a caring man. He volunteered at his church as a trustee and elder and visited those locked down with a tape ministry program. He and Joanne had provided much comfort to others over the past few years as volunteers with the Compassionate Friends support group, following the death of their son, Dirk. Herb also volunteered to patrol the bike paths for 10 years in the Lake District.

After many years of farming, Herb and Joanne have enjoyed their retirement very much; continue to spend time with family, take bus trips, fish, play cards with neighbors, relax and live in their Spirit Lake home.

Herbert passed away peacefully on February 24, 2022, at the age of 92.

His parents predeceased him; his son, Dirk Steven Hackbarth in July 1976; his granddaughter, Megan Chrischilles in February 1981; his siblings: Ralph Hackbarth, Kenneth Hackbarth and Ann Laabs; and brother-in-law, Ray Laabs.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Joanne; two children and their spouses: Denise (Eugene) Chrischilles of Armstrong; Bruce (Jennifer) Hackbarth of Algona; five granddaughters: Jamie (Darren) Struck of Marshall, Minnesota; Tricia (Kelly) Matheson of Fairmont, Minnesota; Jessica (Tyler) Gustafson of Deephaven, Minnesota; Melanie (Drew) Moss of Spearfish, SD; and Natalie (Michael) Wickham of Omaha, Neb.; and 12 great-grandchildren: Caleb and Parker Struck; Lillyan, Lainee and Leigha Matheson; Will, James and Magdalen Gustafson; Henrik, Maren and Elise Moss; and #12 baby Wickham due any day.

Blessed be the memory of Herbert (Herb) Louis Hackbarth.

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