Virgil H. Hackbarth

Virgil H. Hackbarth, 78, of St. Michaels, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1931, in Beaver Dam, the son of the late Herbert and Clara (nee Thom) Hackbarth, and on July 15, 1977, he was united in marriage to Mary Reuter Braun at St. Michaelís Catholic Church in St. Michaels. Mary preceded Virgil in death on Dec. 6, 1996.

Virgil proudly served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Michaelís Catholic Church in St. Michaels, and was employed by the Washington County Highway Department, retiring in 1989 after many years of service. Virgil will fondly be remembered as an avid hunter and as a grandpa who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Those Virgil leaves behind to cherish his memory include two daughters, Connie (Edwin) Kleman of West Bend and Kathy Kranz of Allenton; three stepsons, Mike Braun of West Bend, Daniel Braun and Patrick (Kelley) Braun, both of Kewaskum; six stepdaughters, Kathleen Peters of Kewaskum, Carolyn (Kevin) Darmody of Jackson, Marian (Chuck) Clark and Patricia Nelson, both of West Bend, Susan (Kenneth) Doll of Hatley and Judith (Daniel) Bingen of Belgrade, Mont.; a step-daughter-in-law, Sandy (Wade) Myers of West Bend; two grandchildren, Stephanie (Joshua) Roth and Christopher (Marnie) Kleman; 24 step-grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren, Elijah, Elizabeth and Anna Roth; 23 step-greatgrandchildren; three sisters, his twin sister Virginia Fredrick of Wisconsin Rapids, Margaret (Harland) Fredrick of Hartford and Bette (Carl) Will of Hustisford; a sister-inlaw, Loretta Hackbarth of Hartford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, Virgil was preceded in death by six brothers, Wilmer, Melvin, Harold, Ronny, Floyd and Lloyd Hackbarth; a greatgrandson, Ethan Roth; a stepson, Bill Braun; a step-son-inlaw, Kenneth Peters; and a step-great-grandson, Michael Doll.

A Mass of Christian burial for Virgil will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at St. Michaelís Catholic Church in St. Michaels. The Rev. Elroy Pesch, O.F.M. Cap and the Rev. Ralph Horner will officiate, and military honor rites will be performed by members of the Robert G. Romaine American Legion Post No. 384 Kewaskum will follow Mass. Burial will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Monday at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of Mass.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Virgilís arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at