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William L. Fackler (1923 - 2009)

Emmett Messenger Index, August 11, 2009

William L. Fackler, Bill or Tuffy to lifelong friends, gave up his spirit to the Lord, our God on Friday, July 31, 2009.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett, Idaho. Burial with military honors will follow in the Emmett Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Chapel. A gathering to celebrate his legacy for family and friends will be held at David Fackler's home at 2133 Hollywood Blvd. following the services at the cemetery.

Bill was born Sept. 30, 1923, in Emmett to William and Elizabeth Fackler. He married the love of his life, Betty Jean Rolland, celebrating 65 years of marriage. His devotion and legacy of their nine children include, David of Emmett, Sandy (Mike) Cross of Baker City, Ore., Tim (Eve) Fackler of Boise, Idaho, Vicky (Mike) Masaitis also of Baker City, Cindy Fackler of Phoenix, Ariz, Billy Fackler of Emmett, Pam Wirth of Emmett and Teresa (Wade) Hubbard of Oklahoma. A daughter, Judy (Mike) Huskey preceded him in death. His legacy continues with 45 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren.

His lifelong dream to own and work a farm and ranch was fulfilled in 1965 when they moved their family from downtown Emmett to the farm on Lower Bluff Road. This hardworking husband and father also enjoyed and loved the great outdoors while hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, skating and camping. Not many opening days for fishing/hunting we missed.

His love for Betty and music turned into their "dance for life." When he took her hand, they fell into step as one. That dance furthered with their love for travel starting in Germany and surrounding countries to the introduction of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A new love of Mexico was born and many friends turned into extended family as they would visit three to four times a year totaling 49 trips.

Bill served in the Army Air Force division of the military as a surgical tech from 1942 until 1945. He worked most of his life in the lumber industry, finally retiring from Boise Cascade after 41 years of service. A man of strength and quietness exuded kindness with an enormous giving spirit, many were recipients of "gifts" just because he appreciated all who he met and shared life with. He surrounded himself with mementos and enjoyed extending the joy of life he experienced.

Other survivors include a brother, Delbert (Evelyn) Fackler of Quartzite, Ariz. and sisters, Beatrice "Hazel" Richardson of Salt Lake City, Utah and Pearl (Gene) Rowe also of Quartzite. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

The family extends deep gratitude for all the love and support from friends.

Memorials may be made in his name to World Vision, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716 or to the Baker Valley Church of Christ, P.O. Box 301, Baker City, OR, 97814.

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