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“Bruce and I were classmates from 1st grade to 11th grade. I'm very sorry to hear of his sudden passing. May the love of God comfort you during this...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: Pat Doyle - Columbia Heights, MN

“Mr. Hackey had a soft spot in his heart for teenagers like as myself were struggling to find their way in life. It meant alot to me and my future to...Read More »
2 of 38 | Posted by: Becky Portales (Berg) - MN

“Dear Cheryl and Family, You probably don't remember me, but I was the principal at Sheldon & Gwinner and Supt. at Leonard before moving to WI 25...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: Steve Sedlmayr - Nelson, WI

“Ryan and Michaela-we are so sorry. Our hearts ache for you and we are thinking and praying for all of you. We are sending love your way. Let us...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: Diane Marx - MapleGrove, MN

“We have such fond memories of Mr. Hackey at RHS and Richland Lutheran. He was an outstanding principal with a wonderful sense of humor that will be...Read More »
5 of 38 | Posted by: Jen, Jackie & Matt Berseth - FL

“Praying for Cheryl, Travis , Ryan and Carma as you share memories of your remarkable Dad and husband. We were so grateful for the influence he had...Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Kris and Tom Berseth - FL

“I have many wonderful memories of Mr. Hackey during my short time at RHS. Since I've left, the Berseth clan has shared many wonderful stories about...Read More »
7 of 38 | Posted by: Jackie (Berseth)Thorlakson - FL

“Cheryl, Travis, Ryan and Carma Jo, Our family is saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. We send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to you all. ”
8 of 38 | Posted by: Dave and Marsha Krump - WI

“Cheryl and Family, Craig and I were very sad to hear of Bruce's passing. We both have great memories of him and were honored to know him. Our hearts...Read More »
9 of 38 | Posted by: Ila Myhre - Abercrombie, ND

“I want to express great sympathy to the Hackey family. Mr. Hackey was always fair and a great role model. He never seemed to forget anyone that...Read More »
10 of 38 | Posted by: Cory Berg - Fairfax, VA

“I am very proud to say that I had Bruce Hackey as a coach and mentor, he was a great leader and a good man,he will be missed. ”
11 of 38 | Posted by: eric boschee - West Fargo, ND

“Cheryl, Travis, Ryan and Carma, My deepest sympathy goes out to you at this difficult time. I had the privilege of working along side Bruce for 2...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Harry Clark - Wahpeton, ND

“Bruce, I will miss you dearly as we have been brother-in-laws for almost 40 years and I always cherished the time we spent together. Your sense of...Read More »
13 of 38 | Posted by: Percy Scherbenske - Hampton, MN

“Rest in Peace Bruce. Our world has lost a great leader and a great person. I enjoyed each and every opportunity to visit with Bruce either as a...Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: Daniel Bettin - Floodwood, MN

“I attended Richland High the first year "Mr Hackey" taught and coached. After reading the sentiments from so many, it is obvious that the attributes...Read More »
15 of 38 | Posted by: Kathy Knudsen - Fargo, ND

“Sincere sympathy to Bruce's entire family in the loss of husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend! A wonderful man, a wonderful life...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: Joan Hendrickson - Dent, MN

“Our deepest sympathy in your loss...we thought so highly of Mr. Hackey as our children's teacher, prinicple and coach. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: Barb and Ron Strand - ND

“My sincere regrets on hearing of the passing of Bruce. I was one of his professors in his administrative program. He was wonderful to have in class....Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: Dennis Van Berkum - Mankato, MN

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Hackey family and for Bruce. Bruce was a friend and Region 6 colleague. I always enjoyed the times we were at...Read More »
19 of 38 | Posted by: Richard Warner - Fargo, ND

“Ryan, Please know all of our family's thoughts and prayers our with you and your family. We were so fortunate to have known you dad. He was a...Read More »
20 of 38 | Posted by: Sarah Fuller - Waterloo, IA

“I have many fond memories of Mr. Hackey as my high school principal and history teacher. He was an amazing and inspirational man who impacted so many...Read More »
21 of 38 | Posted by: Bryanne Gould (Leedahl)

“I want to express my sincere sympathy in the loss of Bruce. He has earned more respect and admiration in his lifetime than most people can attain. ...Read More »
22 of 38 | Posted by: Karen Krump - Wahpeton, ND

“Captain Hackey, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God speed NDARNG, Doula, Cameroon ”
23 of 38 | Posted by: North Dakota Army National Guard - ND

“I was blessed for a short while to know Bruce at the Roosevelt Inn where he stayed in Watford City. He was always kind and sharing a smile with all...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Carolea Starke - Watford City, ND

“Oh Cheryl, My heart is breaking for you. Sending hugs and a pray for you and your family. Love you ”
25 of 38 | Posted by: jackie kreft - streeter, ND

“We will miss you so much Bruce. You were a great Brother In Law and we will miss your sense of humor. Our love and sympathy for Cheryl and the kids....Read More »
26 of 38 | Posted by: Julie ( King) Scherbenske and family - MN

“Cheryl, Travis, Ryan and Carma. Where do I start? First off, know that Bruce loved you all deeply! We had many conversations about our families. He...Read More »
27 of 38 | Posted by: Ken Metcalf - Backus, MN

“Bruce was a mentor,but more importantly my best friend. He taught me how to be a principal, how to lead people, and there was never a question that...Read More »
28 of 38 | Posted by: John Hamann - Fergus Falls, MN

“My heart goes out to you Cheryl and your family. I wonder how many students thought that they were "Bruce's favorite" He will be missed by everyone. ”
29 of 38 | Posted by: Ginny Olson, Mike & Christine - MN

“Our prayers are with the Hackey family at this time. He is in the arms of our Lord and Savior, and his family waiting for him. ”
30 of 38 | Posted by: Mark & Peggy (Peterson) Berg - MO

“Mrs. Hackey, Travis, Ryan & Carma we are so sorry for your loss, your in our prayers. Mr. Hackey was the greatest Principal/Teacher & Coach ever. I...Read More »
31 of 38 | Posted by: Joshua and Kristy Beto - Wahpeton, ND

“Bruce has impacted us in so many ways that are far beyond words. He will be greatly missed by us. He was a true friend. Our deepest sympathies and...Read More »
32 of 38 | Posted by: Ashley Syvertsen - West Fargo, ND

“I will always remember Bruce as my best friend. We always had more fun than we should have while doing our crop insurance duties. I will miss his...Read More »
33 of 38 | Posted by: Charlie Ballard - Virginia Beach, VA

“Dear Hackey Family, We are so sorry to hear about Bruce. We send our prayers & want you know know we are thinking of you all. We wish we weren't so...Read More »
34 of 38 | Posted by: Rob & Tracey Shirk - Waterloo, IA

“My heart aches for all of you! Bruce was a guy who had "twinkle" in his eyes.He brought smiles to those around him. Cheryl, please know I am praying...Read More »
35 of 38 | Posted by: Brenda Ludtke - Albert Lea, MN

“Dear Cheryl, Travis, Ryan and Carma, There just aren't words to write that can take away the sadness you are all experiencing at this time. It is...Read More »
36 of 38 | Posted by: Merlin & Cathleen Beto - Walcott, ND

“"The Hack" was a great teacher, coach, and man, who had a positive influence on myself and others from the Class of 1983. He was a stern, but yet...Read More »
37 of 38 | Posted by: Chuck Turner - Akron, OH

“My condolences to all of you at the loss of this great man. I learned so much from him and it is a testament to the person he was that I remember so...Read More »
38 of 38 | Posted by: Karen Miller - Colfax, ND


Bruce W. Hackey, 64, Colfax, ND, passed away, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, in Watford City, ND. The Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM, Monday at Richland High School, Colfax, ND. There will be visitation Sunday, from 5 PM to 7 PM with a 7 PM Prayer Service at Richland Lutheran Church, rural Walcott, ND, and one hour before the service at the school on Monday. Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, is in charge of arrangements. Bruce Wayne Hackey was born January 6, 1949, at Fargo, ND, the son of Maurice and Norma (Rustvang) Hackey. He grew up near Walcott, ND, where he attended grade school and high school in Colfax. After graduating from North Central High School in Colfax, Bruce attended NDSU where he majored in History and graduated in 1971. He began his thirty plus years in education with Richland Junior and Senior High School in Colfax. He married Cheryl King on December 27, 1973 at Walcott Lutheran Church, Walcott. At Colfax, Bruce taught United States History, Social Studies, coached, was a Athletic Director and was later Principal until 2004. During this time he also received his Masters Degree at NDSU and received several certifications. He kept very active in the community, including farming until 1984. After his retirement from school he worked as an insurance adjuster for NODAK Mutual and Rain and Hail. Since February of 2012 he has been employed at KLJ, Fargo, in the Right-of-Way group. Bruce was a life long member of Richland Lutheran Church, rural Walcott where he was active in the Church Council, and was a past Richland Township Board Supervisor. He had belonged to National Association of Student Activities Advisors, North Dakota Council of School Administrators, and Region VI Principals Association. He has won awards for his diligence in the teaching profession and as an administrator. Bruce was known for his discipline, his dedication to a cause, and his mischievous sense of humor. He was a devoted family man who loved to turn an ordinary family vacation into a lesson in history. He was a veracious reader, especially if it involved history or mystery novels. Bruce enjoyed life in the Red River Valley where he hunted, fished and played golf with his family and friends. Bruce is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Cheryl, Colfax; two sons and a daughter: Travis (Sarah) Hackey, West Fargo, ND; Ryan (Michaela) Hackey, St. Louis Park, MN; Carma (Dustin) DeVillers, Fargo, ND; three grandchildren: Gia and Smith Hackey, Deaton DeVillers; two brothers, Jeff (Debby) Hackey, Walcott; David (Lori) Hackey, Billings, MT; a sister, Margot (Brian) Fjosne, West Fargo, ND; and nieces and nephews, and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother, Douglas.