Harvey William Hackbarth passed away peacefully at his home on Lake Limestone, near Groesbeck, Texas, on January 1, 2019. He was born in Seguin, Texas on June 29, 1953 to Theodore and Eleanora Hackbarth. He was born with a congenital anomaly that required multiple surgeries and hospitalizations over his lifespan, but it never deterred him from doing what he wanted to do. Harvey graduated from Travis High School in Austin in 1971. He completed an air-conditioning trade school class. He worked for several years at Glastron Boat Company, making many friends along the way. He later went to work at The University of Texas at Austin in mechanical maintenance for 25 years, ultimately working up to a supervisor position. He treasured his special friends Sharon Lohse and John Scott, who made his job so much more entertaining. Harvey retired in 2008 due to continued health problems
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He loved dancing in his earlier years and in May 1977, he met his future wife, Ann, at the Skyline Club in north Austin on a Wednesday nickel beer night. The match was perfect for 40 years. Leon and Harlan, our 2 cats, made our family complete. Harvey enjoyed bowling for many years, maintaining life-long friendships. Harvey was an avid hunter and fisherman and living on the lake was the dream of his lifetime. Sitting on the porch watching the deer and other native wildlife and fishing off the dock was what he loved. Harvey loved to cook and grill, much to the delight of friends and family. He quickly became known for his culinary skills after joining Christ Episcopal Church in Mexia. For 5 years, Harvey and Ann hosted the annual Pentecost Fish Fry and potluck at their lake home; the camaraderie and spirit of the church community was warm and loving. Harvey loved The University of Texas Longhorns. Harvey and Ann enjoyed 25 years as season-ticket holders for the baseball team. Tailgating was a favorite pastime with our extended baseball
Harvey did not talk about his faith much, but he exhibited it by serving on the Bishops Committee, ushering, caring for our environment, and participating in Habitat for Humanity projects in Austin. It was important to him to help those less fortunate.
Harvey is survived by his loving wife, Ann Kreidel Hackbarth and his sister, Irene A. Hackbarth. He is also survived by 2 uncles, Melvin Dojahn and William Dojahn and 2 aunts, Milda Schulenburg and Wilma Kutz and a multitude of cousins, all of whom were an important part of his life. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Eleanora Hackbarth and his grandparents.
We are especially appreciative of the friendship and assistance of Russ and Marylin Holmstrom. They have been our rock of support, always there when needed. We are also grateful for the support of our neighbors on Twin Points, Lake Limestone.
A memorial service of celebration will be held Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 200 W. Anderson Lane in Austin, Texas on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11am A catered lunch will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Austin Habitat for Humanity, 500 W. Ben White Blvd, Austin, Texas 78704 or to Gethsemane Lutheran Church Youth Ministry, 200 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752.