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The Rev. David E. Hakes

January 17, 1937 September 20, 2019
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The Rev. David E. Hakes fulfilled his life’s mission to serve others on Sept. 20, 2019. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2018.

Pastor Hakes has served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for more than 50 years. He began his service as a Vicar at St. John Lutheran Church in York, PA, where he met his future wife of more than 53 years, Charlotte.

Pastor Hakes was born to the late Loren and Irene Hakes of Bristol, IN, on Jan. 17, 1937. He grew up in Elkhart, IN, as part of a working class family that also included sisters, Karolyn Bevans, Kathryn Campbell, and the late, Marilyn Golden.

After graduating from Elkhart High School in 1955, Rev. Hakes enrolled in the U.S. Army, where he served in Korea as a clerk and taught English to local youth until being honorably discharged in 1957.

As his tour of duty in Korea was coming to an end, he was unsure what he should do with his life. His experiences seeing the aftermath of war led him to want to lead a life of lifting others up. He felt God calling him to become a pastor, and he enrolled at Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, IL, and was ordained into the ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

He served congregations in York, PA, and Baltimore, MD, before the family moved to Auburn, MI, in 1974, where Pastor Hakes served at Grace Lutheran Church for 16 years, and the family grew to five children. The family formed many lifelong friendships in this community as families grew up together.

He then accepted a call to St. Michael Lutheran Church in Richville, MI, in 1991, where he led the congregation until his retirement in 2002. Since retiring, Pastor Hakes has been a familiar face in churches around the state, serving as Intentional Interim Pastor during vacancies to seven mid-Michigan congregations. He also served on the board of the Reese Library and in the Braille workers at Bethlehem Lutheran in Saginaw, MI.

Pastor Hakes has impacted so many lives through his service to the Lord. He has baptized children, confirmed youth, married couples, mentored vicars, visited countless people in the hospital and shut-ins, and offered words of comfort to those who had suffered the loss of a family member, no matter what time of day or night that he received the news. He consistently put others before his own wellbeing.

When he wasn’t working, Pastor Hakes loved to relax at the family’s cabin on Wixom Lake in Hope, MI. He enjoyed model railroading, listening to classical music, and reading. He also had a love of cooking, and his family was blessed to enjoy his homemade bread, pies, and other recipes.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Hakes (nee Woltman), children: David Hakes, Jr., of Naperville, IL, Stephen (Lori) Hakes of Erie, CO, Timothy (Sharon) Hakes of Bay City, MI, Christina (Hakes) Balderrama of Missouri City, TX, and Deborah Hakes (Will Roney) of Atlanta, GA, as well as 11 grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to gather at Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 9940 Saginaw St., Reese, on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m., and on Friday, Sept. 27, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reese on Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m., Rev. Daniel Burhop and Vicar Jess Hiener officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. A lunch will be served afterward, as Pastor Hakes felt no get together was complete without food.

Many people have a story to share about Pastor Hakes, and we enjoy hearing them all. Pastor Hakes faced his death in peace, fully trusting in God’s promises of eternal life. To share a memory of Pastor Hakes or send a condolence to his family, please visit wswfh.com or legacy.com. Donations may be made in his honor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, or the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN.


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Visitation

Thursday

26

Sep

6:00 PM 9/26/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/26/2019 8:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Reese Chapel

9940 Saginaw Street
Reese, MI 48757

Ware-Smith-Woolever Reese Chapel
9940 Saginaw Street Reese 48757 MI
United States

Visitation

Friday

27

Sep

2:00 PM 9/27/2019 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 9/27/2019 4:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Reese Chapel

9940 Saginaw Street
Reese, MI 48757

Ware-Smith-Woolever Reese Chapel
9940 Saginaw Street Reese 48757 MI
United States

Visitation

Friday

27

Sep

6:00 PM 9/27/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/27/2019 8:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Reese Chapel

9940 Saginaw Street
Reese, MI 48757

Ware-Smith-Woolever Reese Chapel
9940 Saginaw Street Reese 48757 MI
United States

Visitation

Saturday

28

Sep

10:00 AM 9/28/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/28/2019 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church - Reese

9858 North Street
Reese, MI 48757

Trinity Lutheran Church - Reese
9858 North Street Reese 48757 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

28

Sep

11:00 AM 9/28/2019 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church - Reese

9858 North Street
Reese, MI 48757

Trinity Lutheran Church - Reese
9858 North Street Reese 48757 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Trinity Lutheran Cemetery - Reese Final Resting Place

Wadsworth Road
Reese, MI 48757

Wadsworth Road Reese 48757 MI
United States
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