Clifford Wayne Hackett, 90, of Fargo, formerly of Sarles, ND, died Saturday March 9, 2013 at home.

Wayne was born May 14, 1922 in Hannaford, ND and lived for his first three months at the Crittenden Home in Fargo. At age 3 months a nurse transported him on the train to Sarles, where he was adopted by JB and Jennie (Osborn) Hackett. He lived in Sarles most of his life, until moving in 2005 to Fargo.

Wayne went to school in Sarles and graduated from high school in 1941. He served in the Army Feb 17, 1944 through Jun 15, 1946 in the European Theater in WWII, in Germany and France. He was a charter member of the Sarles American Legion, Post 276; held various offices; and was the last remaining charter member of that Post.

Wayne was united in marriage to Dolores Olson on October 24, 1948 in Sarles. From this union came 6 children.

Wayne was a policeman for the City of Sarles in the 1950’s and an auto mechanic, partner-owner of Sarles Garage for about 2 years with Ray Sweeney; then sole proprietor. In 1960 he was appointed Postmaster in Sarles, and held the position for 28 years, retiring Jan 1, 1988. He was on the city board, then was Sarles Mayor for about 20 years. He obtained his Federal Firearms license and for decades sold firearms as a side business/hobby. He was an avid hunter from the time he was strong enough to hold a gun; he and best friend Lee Holsinger hunted gophers and small game beginning when Wayne was about 8 yrs old. He loved hunting waterfowl and deer. He was hunting guide for many out-of-state hunters, and developed lifelong friendships with them. For many years he took his vacation to visit his children in KS and hunt pheasants in the fall. He had a steel grain bin building business, where all of his kids learned the ethic of honest hard work. He was on a bowling team, often attending state tournaments with his friends. Wayne was considered a generous, kind, considerate man by many who encountered him.

Wayne was a member of Sarles Lutheran Church for many years. When he and Dolores moved to Fargo, they attended Bethel E. Free Church. As he became unable to walk long distances, the pastors would visit him at home. He was blessed to get to know Pastor Gary who faithfully ministered to him.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dolores; six children: Sandra “Sandi” (Michael) Rogers, Stockton, KS; Kerry Hackett, Grand Forks; Richard (Carole) Hackett, Lusby, MD; Wendy (Robert) Bos, Wichita, KS; Dennis (Kathy Creighton), Stockton, KS; and Stacie (Rahn) Farder, Alvarado, MN; 16 Grandchildren, 25 great- and 6 step-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and many friends who will miss him and honor his memory.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Lillian Knutson.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Fargo VA, RRV Hospice, and Comfort Keepers, who all worked together to enable the family to keep Dad home the last months of his life. We thank God that with their help we were able to give him that wish to be home until he went to his new, more glorious home, safe in the arms of Jesus. Special thanks to Jerry, CNA of Hospice; and Alise, Comfort Keepers Home Health Aide, for the love and concern with which they assisted in caring for him.

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  1. Rolla North Dakota
    Thinking of you, Dolores & family and hoping you will find comfort in special memories. Dale has fond memories of Wayne and their ‘work’!
    Dale & Marlene

  2. Aberdeen South DakotaMy very first deer rifle was purchased by my dad Harry Bucholz from Wayne, I will NEVER forget the deer hunting that the group did in the Sarles area. “Wayne” Hackett was a mentor to me and a person I always looked up to. I considered him a friend as he was a great friend of my father. If I was at home from South Dakota I always hoped that I could possibly get to see Wayne if near the Sarles area. I know he is now in a better place and I want to thank you for all of the memories of Sarles, ND
    and “Wayne” Hackett. Joyce and I mourn with you amd your family in the loss of a GREAT person. Our deepest sympathy at this time!

  3. Double Oak Tx.When I think of you and Wayne I am reminded of all the good memories of Sarles. Plummers pool and the Cafe were highlights of summer.
    I also remember always attending the Memorial Day program at the Legion Hall and going to the cemetary and then back to the hall for lunch. I thought those Buddy Poppies we wore were the greatest thing next to seeing all those Dads dressed up and carrying guns.
    I remember my Dad going into Sarles the night before to “supposedly clean the guns and prepare for the next day ceremony.” He always just referred to Wayne as “Hackett”
    I also remember many deer hunting expeditions that my brothers were allowed to go on as they got older.
    Our whole family was so delighted when we moved our parents, so far from home, to Fargo and then found that you and Wayne lived almost walking distance from them. What wonderful company you were for them both. Mom always said,”there’s no friends like the old friends.”
    Thanks for the special phone call,Delores. Talking to you brings up memories, names and history that remind me of my parents. You are an incredibly brave and independent lady and I hope you and your family will get comfort from all of the great memories you share.

  4. Roseau MN
    Deloris and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have many good memories of all the Sarles happenings. I spent alot of time with Wendy and the rest and it was always fun at your house. I remember once when I was riding my bike to get an ice cream cone at Rachels and fell – Wayne came to my resuce. I was more worried that I lost my dime to get a cone – he gave me a dime and helped me on my way! Take care and God’s blessings.
    Mike and Debbie

  5. Starkweather N.D

  6. Sending our thoughts & prayers to Delores and family. Wayne was such a “constant” in Sarles and was always ready to help the harvesters when they needed the house ready. He has been, and will continue to be, missed by many in Sarles & here in Kansas.

  7. Devils Lake North Dakota
    Deloris and family, I just heard of Wayne’s passing. For all the real Sarles memories you and Wayne were always a part of the happy ones..our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours..tis the end of an era..Myron and Marlene

  8. Sarles North Dakota
    Deloris and Family: Our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family. Wayne was a wonderful man. We will always remember him in Sarles. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

    Love: Kevin, Cathy and Brady Samuelson

  9. Wahpeton ND
    I have fond memories of Wayne and his garage-some bodywork on our family car-a 48 plymouth and later over haul on a farm truck-Also remember him as town cop when he caught up with me one hallowen night and suggested I go home before I got in more trouble-also remember him as a baseball player and a good high school basketball fan. Wayne was a great guy and a “special” Sarles person.

  10. Walnut Grove,Ca Prayers to all of you.A true stalwart of my `real hometown`is gone,but will not be forgotten.Growing up in Sarles,I always felt we were one big family,shared the good times and cried through the tough,all together.Wayne will truly be missed.

  11. Gilby North Dakota
    A big hug for you Delores….Wayne was one person I looked forward to seeing when I could get back to Sarles. I can remember calling him in the late 60’s and early 70’s and making arrangements to come “home” and hunt ducks and geese with him. We had some great times. My Mom worked with him at the post office until she remarried and moved to Texas.
    I know he is in God’s hands now and going to “place of peace”. May God Bless him and watch over him….I’ll bet he and his “Sarles buddies” will have a wonderful reunion. Love and hugs, Corky

  12. West Fargo N.D
    . My heart is heavy tonight as I learned of Wayne’s passing.He was such a wonderful man and I loved him.I always thought of him as my Uncle,as my Dad thought of him as his brother.I will always remember all our family times together.My thoughts and prayers are with Dolores and family,now!I am here for all of you,please let me know if there is any thing I can do for you during this time of sorrow.I am sending all of you my love and big hugs.

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