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John I. Zacher

HACKENSACK — John Ignatius Zacher, 56, of Hackensack, Minn., died unexpectedly after his helicopter failed him while flying with his wife on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.

John was born July 25, 1955, in Parkers Prairie, Minn., to Leo and Mary (Bichler) Zacher. After graduating from Brandon High School he was married to Vickie Srock on Aug. 21, 1976. They resided in the Twin Cities where he worked as a roofer and with time, hard work, and perseverance built up his legacy to include a portfolio of many different companies, all of which he owned and operated. John and his family moved to the Walker area in 1993. He always lived life to the fullest, was a firm believer in a hard days work, and gave unselfishly to others. He enjoyed “good food” and was an avid fan of perfecting his cooking skills. John had a passion for flying, as he found the skies to be calming and relaxing. The most important aspect of John’s life was time spent with his family. John will be remembered as an intelligent and kind hearted man. He had a great sense of humor, a huge heart, and was honest, strong-willed, genuine, and well respected. He lived honestly and was always willing to find time in his busy schedule for others. He left an unforgettable footprint in the lives of all who knew him and will be missed dearly.

John is survived by his wife, Vickie; children, Jason (Heather), Dustin, Shane, Joshua (Ashley), Janae (Ben), Shanda; six grandchildren, Holden, Shae, Tatiana, Asha, Coltan, Obie; siblings, Bernice Hill, Leo “Sonny” Zacher, Judy (Joe) Kelly, Ben (Carol) Zacher, Gary (Cindy) Zacher, Larry Zacher; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jane Schroeder; nephew, Perry; and an infant brother.

Funeral services for John will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker with Pastor Rick Clyde and Pastor Marlon Mielke officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-8 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker and one hour prior to the service. The Dennis Funeral Home of Walker assisted the family in making service arrangements.