Born in Lansing, Michigan December 20, 1926 to Edward G. Hacker and Della B. Hacker and died March 25, 2012 at Sparrow Hospice House. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Barbara Hacker Baldwin.

Ted graduated from Sexton High School in January 1945 and was drafted into the army. He was on the west coast ready to be sent to Japan when the armistice was signed ending W.W. II.  He was sent by ship to Korea where he worked as a baker in the 377th Staff Hospital medical unit. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1951 and married Joanne Crego Hacker on 11/3/51. He worked in the family real estate business, the Edward G. Hacker Co., starting out in residential sales and soon became involved in the administrative and commercial side of the business. One of his proud achievements was working with Dr. John Hannah to purchase hundreds of acres for future development for Michigan State University. He earned the national SIOR designation (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors). He was active in the community, serving as a Director for the Bank of Lansing, Member and Past-President of the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors, Trustee on the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees, Director on the YMCA and a 25 year Director on the Board of Sparrow Health Systems.

He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church for most of his life and more recently joined The Peoples Church of East Lansing. Ted enjoyed being with his family and friends, time spent at the cottage on Otsego Lake, playing his trumpet to the sounds of the Big Band era with the Basement Five Band, tennis, and later in life enjoyed the game of golf.

Ted is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jo, his son Tom and daughter-in-law, Marsha, his daughter Lori and son-in-law, Pat Fuller, grandchildren Ross (Bethany) Hacker, Nathan Hacker, Alex Lapka, Kaitlin Lapka, Anna Fuller and great-grandchildren Violet, Annabelle, Reid and Naomi Hacker, brother Richard C. Hacker (Barbara), brother-in-law David Crego (Nancy) and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at The Peoples Church of East Lansing, 200 W. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823. Those desiring memorial gifts may be made to the Sparrow Foundation, the Lansing Rotary or The Peoples Church.  Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

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8 Messages to “Edward Thomas “Ted” Hacker”

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    Kathy & Marty Zink Says:

    We are so sorry to learn of Ted’s passing. He was a kind, gentle man and we will miss seeing him up at Otsego Lake. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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    Sam and Amy Celentino Says:

    Laurie, I am so sorry to hear about your father. He was such a big part of the Lansing Real Estate business.
    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Julie Spalding Says:

    Dear Jo and Children,

    We came back from vacation to find out about Ted’s passing.
    I’m so glad I got to see him on that Thursday. We would like you to know we are praying for all of you. I know this is very difficult. Just try and take this one moment at a time. And keep all of those special memories close to your heart. We would like to come to the memorial in May. So if you could e-mail me at
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Norm and Julie Spalding

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