LONGVIEW — Hobart Leroy Thacker, “Hoby” died at 95, on Dec. 22, 2018, in Longview. He was born on Oct. 30, 1923 in Chandler, Oklahoma to Garrett and Fannie (Leffler) Thacker. He graduated from Barnsdall, Okla., High School in 1942 and attended Community College before joining the U.S. Navy in 1943.
He met Clara Doane in Anacortes, Wash., while serving in the Navy there and they married in December 1944. After his discharge in 1946, they lived various places before settling in Skamokawa in 1951.
He had worked in a grocery store before joining the Navy so found work as a grocer in Cathlamet, then Skamokawa for Jimmy Silverman. He later bought the business from him and moved his insurance business, Hoby Thacker Agency, to Hoby’s Store.
He was well loved and enjoyed 25 years of serving the community. He retired in the early 1980s but continued his insurance business at home for a while. He had a love of the river and shared that with his three boys. He owned an old gillnet boat and had a log patrol license, spending countless hours on the water fishing, moving stray logs and getting wood. He and son, Stan had a sawmill and enjoyed making lumber. He also loved his barn/shop, building and creating.
He and Clara enjoyed trips with their travel trailer until she preceded him in 2002. In 2003 Hoby married Pat Cass and they enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren together as he continued his hobbies.
In 2017 Hoby was preceded by his wife, Pat and son, Stan; his infant daughter and grandson, Wes Thacker in 1995, and four sisters. He is survived by two sons, Pat Thacker and wife Carol and Mike Thacker and by a daughter, Linda Gollersrud and husband, Leon and daughter-in-law, Becky Thacker; a brother, Jim Thacker and sister-in-law, Joanne Marson; nine beloved grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and one to arrive soon; and several nieces and nephews.
The Thacker family also wishes to express gratitude for the Cedar Gardens staff who made Hoby part of their family. A Celebration of Hoby’s life was held on Jan. 5, 2019 at 2 p.m., at the United Methodist Church, Skamokawa, Wash.
Private interment will be at Fernhill Cemetery in Skamokawa. Those who wish may donate in Hoby’s name to United Methodist Church Skamokawa, WA 98647. Dowling funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.