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 Oklahoma 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.
Hoby 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 death 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 in death by his wife, Pat, and son, Stan.
He lost his infant daughter and grandson, Wes Thacker in 1995 and five brothers.
He is survived by two sons, Pat Thacker and wife Carol, Mike Thacker, and by his daughter, Linda Gollersrud and husband, Leon; daughter-in-law, Becky Thacker; a brother, Jim Thacker and his sister-in-law, Joanne Marsh. Hoby also leaves behind nine beloved grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one more to arrive soon, as well as several nieces and nephews.
The Thacker family wishes to express gratitude for the Cedar Gardens staff who made Hoby part of their family.
A celebration of Hoby’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at 2 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Skamokawa, Wash. Private interment will be at Fernhill Cemetery in Skamokawa. Those who wish may donate in Hoby’s name to United Methodist Church in Skamokawa, Wash. Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.