Ed J. Wacker

Edmund J. Wacker

03/21/1941-04/28/2020

 

Ed Wacker was on the 13th hole @ Paiute Golf Course on April 28th, 2020 when after 50 years of golfing he finally got a hole in one, unfortunately the shock of it caused him to drop dead. How we wish that were true, Ed’s “Good Walk” was spoiled by cancer.  He did however die at home surrounded by his loving children.

Ed was born in Woonsocket Rhode Island on March 21st, 1941 to Joseph Edmund Wacker (deceased 1994) and Margaret Idella Lambert (deceased 1978). Ed was a lifelong sports enthusiast; his chosen sport was baseball where he excelled and was a high school star. After high school Ed played minor league baseball for the Red Sox franchise but his dream of playing professional baseball was cut short when he threw his arm out. Ed joined the Air Force and was stationed in Wichita, Kansas where he met and married Gloria Jean Murphy in Feb. 1963, they had 3 children. She proceeded him in death 2018.  Ed spent much of his career in the television advertising and automobile industry.

Ed is survived by his children:  Malisa Wacker (Donna Rae Spier) Oxnard, CA , Cathy Wacker Brake (Jahnnie Brake) Topeka, KS, and David Wacker (Matt Millsaps) Knoxville, TN., his 4 grandchildren:      Ashley Baloga, Riley Wacker-Putnam, Emilia Wacker-Putnam and Jace Brake as well as his 6 great grandchildren. Ed is also survived by his second wife Barbara Wacker.

Ed was a loving father and grandfather, avid golfer and friend of Bill’s for over 38 years. The family is grateful for the many prayers and support given during Ed’s illness. They would also like to thank his physician Dr. John Moorhead, his staff and Southwest Medical Hospice for their care.

To honor our Dad please spend time with your family and go hit a golf ball or raise a cup of joe. He will be smiling down from Heaven at your gesture. At Ed’s request no services are planned and he will be cremated per his wishes.

44 Comments. Leave new

  • Pat Johnston
    May 12, 2020 9:35 pm

    I will miss him dearly!
    Condolences to Barbara and all of his family 🙏

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  • Jim Barnett
    May 12, 2020 10:51 pm

    Your father was the best I loved him!

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  • Carol Gilenko
    May 12, 2020 11:06 pm

    Thank you, Ed for all your years of service, for your friendship, for your example, for showing me what a respectable life looks like. It’s someone else’s turn to make the coffee!

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    • Cathy Brake
      May 14, 2020 6:58 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Nice to hear & know. He did brew & drink a lot of coffee!:) He so enjoyed it

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    • Carol he would have loved your message. Thank you for your friendship with our Dad. Malisa, Cathy and David

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  • My thoughts and prayers are with Malisa and her family at this time.

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  • Sandra Pereira & Tanya Loken
    May 13, 2020 2:02 am

    We didn’t know Ed, but he sounds like he was a very loving man. We are friends with Malisa Wacker and Donna Rae Spier. They have the most caring hearts, so we are sure they were a great comfort to Ed.
    Our heartfelt condolences go out to all his loved ones.

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  • Antonio Matos & family
    May 13, 2020 3:18 am

    David our condolences to you and your family in this time of loss.

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  • D. J. Lacey
    May 13, 2020 2:08 pm

    I’m glad you were with him. He and your mother were a significant part of my life many years ago and I will always be grateful. I loved the Wacker family and I still love you three

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    • Cathy Brake
      May 14, 2020 7:00 pm

      Thank you for your kind & thoughtful words. We all meant a lot to each other.

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    • Uncle DJ, wow all the places we will go. I know my Dad loved to be able to catch up with you. Thanks for your love and support….Malisa, Cathy and David

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  • Becky Knapp
    May 13, 2020 7:35 pm

    Beautiful words! We are sending our love to you all!

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  • Jessica Brown
    May 13, 2020 8:14 pm

    I love you dear Wacker family.

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  • Ed, Q A truly misses your warm presence, sincere wisdom and awesome sense of humor. Say hi to Bill W and Dr Bob for me.

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  • My condolences to the Wacker family . I will have that cup of coffee in Ed’s honor. He was one of the funniest guys I ever knew 🙂 , Ed was a GREAT person , I seen how dedicated he was to his family and friends , Ed was a very positive person , he was just so cool with everything even at the end he was okay and accepting of the whole situation . Thank you Ed for being an excellent example for this newcomer . I got the coffee now 😉 . Ed will be missed .
    RIP Ed Wacker

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    • Cathy Brake
      May 14, 2020 7:02 pm

      Wow. So nice to hear. Touching. Enjoy the coffee time.

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    • Rosie, just beautiful and sweetest comments about our Dad. His impact we could not have known without you sharing. Thanks for your friendship with him and Cheers for that cup of Joe. Malisa, Cathy and David

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  • Ed was one of the best individuals I’ve met and touched so many lives including mine! I am a better person for knowing him.. I’ll be praying for your family..and every year on my birthday I’ll think of Ed and the story he loved to tell about when he first met me

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    • Malisa Wacker
      May 17, 2020 6:42 pm

      Thanks Jordon for your sweet comments about our Dad! He will be missed.

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    • Dave Wacker
      May 18, 2020 1:32 pm

      Jordan- thank you for sharing. It is great to hear how dad impacted people’s lives and that he will be remembered. Dave, Malisa, Cathy

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  • Sherri Jacobs
    May 14, 2020 6:25 pm

    Malisa it was a pleasure meeting your father at Riley’s graduation and I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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  • Vicki Lucito
    May 14, 2020 6:26 pm

    It was a pleasure to meet your father – what a great guy. He gave me pointers about golf. So sorry for your loss.

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  • Emmie & Riley
    May 14, 2020 7:35 pm

    Riley and I miss him so much.

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    • Malisa Wacker
      May 17, 2020 6:40 pm

      It is a tuff 1. He loved you guys very much and was very proud of you!

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    • Dave Wacker
      May 18, 2020 1:34 pm

      Ms. Emmie, thank you and Riley for remembering Grand Pa Ed. Since he didn’t travel much, it was great he got to come and see you at Riley’s graduation.

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  • So sorry to learn of Ed’s passing! We became friends in the television industry in Topeka and played a lot of golf together. My next tee shot will be in honor of Ed.

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  • Jordan, thank you for your sweet comments about our Dad. Glad to hear about your Bday practice…..take care of yourself. 1 day 1 hour at a time. Malisa, Cathy and David

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  • Samantha Thompson
    May 14, 2020 10:36 pm

    Such beautifully written words for a beautiful life lived. My prayers and love to Malisa and family in such a difficult time. I know your Dad is up in heaven playing golf and watching over you with such pride. May he Rest In Peace.

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  • What do you say when there are no words to describe your feelings or ease the pain.
    I only knew Ed for a short time but he had the ability to make me feel I have known him all my life.He was the most caring, fun loving and brave person I have met in years.So let’s celebrate his life during these hard times and remember he will always be in our memories and hearts.

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    • Love it Don. Thank you for your friendship with my Dad and your warm thoughts. Rain check on the Celebration!

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  • Malisa Wacker
    May 17, 2020 6:41 pm

    Sam thank you for your kind words and friendship!!!

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