John William Hackett

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John William Hackett, 93, of Elizabethtown, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Kensington Manor.

He was a native of Winchester. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. John graduated from Western Kentucky University where he played basketball for E.A. Diddle. He started his teaching and football coaching career in Princeton, Ky. From 1954 to 1980, he taught and coached at Fort Knox High School and he was past president of the Kentucky High School Athletic Coaches Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Mabel James Hackett; his parents, John W. and Virginia Heffernan Hackett; a son, Patrick Hackett; three sisters and two brothers.

He is survived by two sons, Edward (Diane) Hackett of Brandon Miss., and William Seldon (Nan) Hackett of Vesuvius, Va.; three daughters, Sue (Alex) Hogan, Veronica (Alan) Hartlage and Michelle (Terry) Shipp, all of Elizabethtown; four grandchildren, Matthew (Kiersten) Hartlage, Mitchell Hartlage, Ashley (Armando) Martinez and Rachel Shipp; and four great-grandchildren; Alexi, Anna, Abby and Andrew Martinez.

The funeral was Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown with the Rev. Chuck Walker officiating. Burial was in St. James Cemetery.

Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown handled arrangements, including a prayer vigil Wednesday with the Rev. Matthew Hardesty officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

Condolences may be expressed at www.brownfuneral.com.