Hackney Memorial services for Gene Paul Hackney, 80, of Bellville, will be held Wednesday Jan. 26. 2005 from St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Bellville at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Bob Gribble officiating. Born Feb. 27, 1924 in Hartford City, Ind., "Hack" was the son of Charles C. and Doris (Bonham) Hackney. He was raised in the Indianapolis area and upon graduating from Arsenal Technical High School enlisted m the U.S. Army Air Corps where he became an acclaimed B-17 navigator who successfully completed 35 bombing missions over Europe during World War II. On Jan. 18, 1946 Hack and the former Phyllis Jean Amrine were married in Houston and made their home there many years before retiring to Bellville. Hack obtained his B.S. and Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston. In his retirement, he was very active as a Scout leader at both the local and district levels. Gene Paul Hackney died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005 in his home in Bellville after a five-year battle with cancer. Hack is survived by his daughter and son in law, Karin and Ken Thompson of Houston; grandchildren Paul Thompson and wife Lizabeth, Patrick Thompson, Grant Hackney and Tara Hackney and daughter-in-law Marilyn Hackney. Hack was preceded in death by his parents, wife Phyllis, son Robert Hackney, and granddaughter Felicity Hackney. Hacks' family wants to thank the Brazos Valley Hospice for their loving care and support during his final weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Boy Scouts of America or the American Cancer Society. Memorial services under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels in Bellville.
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