Rev. Dr. Gary Arlan Hackenberg
Rev. Dr. Gary Arlan Hackenberg, 85, of Lewisburg, entered into rest on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at RiverWoods, Lewisburg.
He was born Dec. 10, 1934, in Lewisburg, a son of the late Wilbur W. and Mary K. (Moyer) Hackenberg. On Sept. 20, 1953, he married the former Betty E. Shaffer who survives. This past September they celebrated 66 years of marriage.

Gary was a 1952 graduate of Mifflinburg High School, a graduate of Susquehanna University, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from the Lancaster Theological Seminary. He served in the Air Force 1952 to 1956 as a B36 Radar Tail Gunner.
He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ.
Gary and his wife, Betty, had been in partnership for 55 years of ministry beginning June 9, 1963 at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, New Berlin, where he was ordained into the Christian ministry. Over the years he served as pastor of Salem United Church of Christ, Columbia, Christ Church, United Church of Christ, Annville, Shiloh United Church of Christ, Danville, and after retirement, interim pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ, Lewisburg.
Gary served on numerous association and conference committees. He served as president of the Lebanon Association, a member of the conference board of directors. Have served on boards of Devitt House, the Meadows at Maria Joseph Manor, Phoebe Ministries, and United Church of Christ Homes. Served as president of the United Church of Christ Homes, was a member and officer of various ministeriums and Councils of Churches, and had been a delegate to General Synod.
He was loved by those he served and was known as a caring and compassionate minister to all, especially the less fortunate.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Annette Hackenberg of Florida; two daughters, Mary Beth Hackenberg, and Deb Blandford, both of Lewisburg; and two grandsons, Tyler and Jason.

Due to the current circumstances a memorial service will be announced at a future date.
Interment will be private in the New Berlin Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gary's memory may be made to St John's UCC,1050 Buffalo Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or Hospice of Evangelical, 235 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals · Cremations · Monuments, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg.
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Published on March 26, 2020


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Pam - former activities assistant at Rolling Hills
Mar 28, 2020
I want to send my condolences to your family. I was very fond of Pastor Gary when I worked at Rolling Hills and have thought of him often. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this time.
Debra Bitner
Mar 27, 2020
Gary was very special to me and I will miss him dearly. I always tried to make time to drop in and see him when visiting mom. I know she will miss him as well, being across the hall from each other she looked forward to stopping by just to say “hi”. Rest In Peace Gary, say a hello to my dad for me, until we meet again!
William vonblohn
Mar 27, 2020
So sorry to hear of his passing best friend I ever had heaven got the best now am praying for the family he made my life much better than any one would know
Mary Kratzer
Mar 27, 2020
Gary has been such a great member of our family. He was always there for us. He will be missed by all of us, especially me. I loved him like a brother. Rest in peace Gary.
Vicki Jones
Mar 26, 2020
Gary we are going to really miss you and we love you too. You were a very great person who cared about people and family. You give the meaning to the word true Christian . You deserve the highest honor and respect for the work you have done to show that God lives through us. I know you are in Heaven with our Heavenly Father. Please tell all the family we're doing good. I hope to see you someday.
Love Vicki.
Beverly and Nathan Hackenberg
Mar 26, 2020
Bless u all in ur time of lossing ur loved one. Gary was a wonderful careing person in all that new him. Take care all and God bless all.
Karen Sweitzer Tom Sweitzer Nathan Lloyd Jeff Wise
Mar 26, 2020
We are very sorry to hear about Garys passing. We always loved Gary. He was such a kind considerate soft spoken man. We will miss him greatly. We love all of you so very much. We were truely blessed to know him.