Gordon Hackathorn 1932-2015
Gordon Lee Hackathorn, 82, Holton, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Holton Community Hospital.
He was born Sept. 26, 1932, in Wyandotte County, the son of Giles Reginald and Alma Udell Bingglie Hackathorn. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School and was a member of the Oskaloosa and Valley Falls communities until 1956 when he moved to Holton.
Mr. Hackathorn served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had owned and operated a Sinclair gas station, owned a shoe repair shop, worked as a lineman and later worked for the street crew for the City of Holton, from which he retired. He later worked at Country Mart in Holton.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Holton. He was also a volunteer fireman, a member of Holton VFW Post 1367 and a member of the Eagles Club.
He married Betty Lavon Burk on Feb. 22, 1953, in Valley Falls. She died July 20, 1985. He later married Carol Elizabeth Craft Mayfield on Aug. 13, 1988, in Holton. She died Feb. 8, 2005. He also was preceded in death by a son, Reginald “Reggie” Hackathorn, on Dec. 9, 2000.
Survivors include two daughters, Pamala K. Buser and husband Gary, Lincoln, Neb., and Candy S. Wiser, Bedford, Texas; two stepdaughters, Patty Murphy and husband Mike, Alma, Mo., and Angie B. Webster and husband Harvey, Holton; a stepson, Douglas W. Mayfield and wife Karla, Smithville, Mo.; four brothers, Grant Hackathorn, Kansas City, Mo., and Marvin “Bub” Hackathorn, Norman Hackathorn and Larry “Pete” Hackathorn, all of Kansas City; 20 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial with full military honors will follow in Holton Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to City of Holton Parks and Recreation Department, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.