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C.L. ‘Honey’ Hackett

Jun 15, 2009

Funeral services for C.L. ‘Honey’ Hackett, 91, of Estherville will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 17 at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville with Pastor Mark Gabbard officiating and Pastor Doug Burton, eulogist. He died Friday, June 12 at Rosewood Manor in Estherville.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Clarence Lloyd Hackett, the son of John S. and Nettie Ethel (Parsons) Hackett, was born Dec. 2, 1917, in Estherville.

Honey lived in Estherville his entire life, attending Estherville schools and graduating from Estherville High School in 1937. In 1950 he began his law enforcement career by joining the Estherville Police Department as a patrolman. On June 8, 1952, Honey was united in marriage to Rosanne Hagan at First Presbyterian Church of Estherville. For 53 years the couple made their home near the Des Moines River on Second Avenue South, where they raised their three children. Honey continued his employment as a police officer until he retired from the force on April 18, 1973, after serving his last 10 years as the chief of police, ending a law enforcement career that spanned over 23 years. Following his retirement, Honey worked security for John Morrell and Company. From 1981 through 1993, he worked for Emmet County as the Wolden Park manager.

Honey was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially those fishing trips with his family and friends to northern Minnesota and Canada. He also enjoyed puttering around the house and working outdoors, building the kids a backyard playhouse and horse barn for Lori. Other hobbies included golfing, vegetable and flower gardening and feeding the local birds and squirrels. Another great pleasure in Honey’s life was spending time with his constant companion, Sadie, his springer spaniel. Honey enjoyed traveling throughout the United States with his family and in his later years he spent many summers entertaining his Texas grandchildren, who often spent their summers in Iowa.

Honey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Estherville. He served as an Estherville City Council member for 18 years and on the board of directors of the YMCA where he presided as president for four years. A dedicated law enforcement officer, Honey maintained current memberships in the Iowa State Police Association, the Iowa Chiefs of Police Association and the Iowa Firemen’s Association.

Honey is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rosanne of Estherville; his children, Tom Hackett and his wife, Marcia of Fort Worth, Texas; Lori Donovan and her husband, Dan of Estherville; Betsy Frame and her husband, Wayne of Ankeny; grandchildren, Kelly Hackett, Kerry Reed and her husband, Jon, Michael Hackett, Jonathan Donovan, Taylor Frame, Ally Frame; sister, Ruth Spence and her husband, Wally of Fort Myers, Fla.; and sister-in-law Ruth Margaret Hackett of Estherville.

Preceding Honey in death were his parents and three brothers – Glenn, George and Leonard.

Online condolences may be sent to henryolsonfuneral.com