Alexander J. Wacker
Date of Birth
January 30, 1929
Lincoln, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
August 16, 2018
Ashland, Nebraska
Memorial Service Directions

Saturday, September 22, 2018 ~ 10:30 a.m.
American Lutheran Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Private Interment

Memorials – in lieu of flowers

Lutheran School of Theology Scholarship Fund, 1100 E. 55th St. Chicago, IL 60615 or
St. Andrew’s Seminary Scholarship Fund, 1015 Lancaster Lane, Lincoln, NE 68505

Alexander John Wacker, a first generation American, passed from life through death into Eternal Life August 16, 2018.  He was born at the family home in Lincoln, NE on January 30, 1929 to John and Mary (Neff) Wacker, He graduated from Lincoln High School, Midland College, and Central Lutheran Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1955 and served Nebraska parishes in Potter, Fontanelle, Alliance, Hooper, and Lincoln, NE until his retirement in 1994. He married Lois Louise Brokaw on June 14, 1953.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Lois; three daughters: Mary and husband, Dr. Jerry Seiler, Hastings, NE; Margot Wacker, Keokuk, IA; Jeanne Williams, Lawrence, KS; daughter-in-law Annette Wacker, Alexandria, MN. Ten grandchildren: Aaron and Brigitte Seiler; Nicole Gordon, David Meyer, and Katie Winder; Johanna and Daniel Lohman; Reid, Evan, and Seth Williams; six great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Migliore; sisters-in-law: Sylvia Debus, Elaine Kersten, Joyce Jennings, Patsy Andersen; brothers-in-law Ed Brokaw; Roger (and Kathy) Brokaw.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary Wacker; son Jonathan; three sisters, Kay Senior, Frieda Schlange, and Esther Verhoeven; and four brothers, Phil Debus, Herman, John, and Danny Wacker.

Condolences for Alexander J. Wacker
  1. Shari Nygren
    • August 18, 2018 - 5 years ago

    We enjoyed transporting Alex to American Lutheran Church for Sunday service. He told us a lot about his life and showed us his wall of pictures of former churches. He loved God and his family so much! We loved his little ornery , joking personality. He reminded me a lot of my own father who has passed. We will really miss him! He made a difference in our lives with his stories! May God wrap His loving arms around all of you and give you peace and comfort. Please let us know when his service will be!

  2. Janice L Scholl
    • August 19, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Lois and family: We are thinking of you during this time of loss of Pastor from his life her on earth but he is now with his Saviour in his Eternal life. May the comforting arms of our Saviour bring you peace during this time. We always enjoyed working with Pastor when he was at St. Andrew’s.

  3. Carol Meyer
    • August 19, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Peace and comfort to all at this sad time of loss. Sincerely, Carol Meyer

  4. • August 20, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Alex was a wonderful man, an outstanding father and an inspirational grandfather. He loved his family unconditionally and was proud of all his son and daughters accomplished in their lives. He cherished his grandchildren and loved to share his stories from his past with them. Each story always contained an important life lesson he wanted them to learn. I know I am a better person because I knew him. He in many ways was like a father to me.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Lois and the entire family during this time of loss. I hope knowing that he touched so many lives brings them some comfort and joy.

  5. Bridget Chapman
    • August 20, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Alex and his stories will be missed. I am truly blessed to have met him. I promise to care for Lois until she joins you in eternal life. Prayers to family for peace at this time.

  6. Jayne Schack
    • August 20, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Lois and family,
    Sincere sympathy in the loss of Uncle Alex. My mother always spoke highly of him.
    Jayne (Schlange) Schack

  7. Sandy Olosn
    • August 20, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Thoughts and prayers are of and with you Lois & Family. I give thanks for Alex’s life with us on earth and we can be assured of God’s promise of eternal life. Well done, good and faithful servant. May God’s loving care comfort and sustain you. Love, Sandy Olson

  8. • August 20, 2018 - 5 years ago

    My condolences to Lois and family on Alex’s passing into glory. His kindness and caring when my grandparents passed was much appreciated by our family as he shared the hope of the Resurrection at their respective funerals. May the comfort and assurance our Saviour gives be yours now and always. –Rev. Dr. Daniel K. Schroeder

  9. Diane Harpster
    • August 20, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Sincere sympathy to your family in these days. My memories of Pr. Wacker are of his kind and gentle presence as our pastor at Redeemer, Hooper, and of his presiding at our wedding. God’s peace be with you all.

  10. Nancy Schroeder
    • August 20, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Dear Wackers,
    We give thanks to God for Pastors service. I knew Wackers at Salem, Fontanelle, as a child and played with Mary Catherine and Jonathan at Grandma Ritzens. Until June, my husband Joel served at Redeemer, Hooper and we just retired to Alexandria, MN. We spoke Friday with Dr. Bill Heusel who knew Pastor and Lois from Redeemer.We remember you in prayer as you mourn and celebrate your family’s ministry so faithfully. Peace of the Lord,
    Pastor Joel and Nancy Brand Schroeder

  11. Diane Hartmann Wilson
    • August 21, 2018 - 5 years ago

    My deepest sympathies to Lois and family. I have fond memories of Pastor Wacker when he was at Redeemer in Hooper many years ago. May God wrap His loving arms around your family and give you comfort during this time. God’s peace,
    Diane Hartmann Wilson

  12. Megan Morrow
    • August 21, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Dear Lois and family, May God uphold you all in these days as you grieve, but also as you give thanks for Alex – his life and new life in Christ. Giving thanks for him and the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, Pastor Megan Morrow, Assistant to the Bishop, Nebraska Synod, ELCA

  13. Pastor Raymond & Lola Thiel
    • August 21, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Dear Lois & Family,

    “Peace be with you!” May these words – our Lord Jesus’ resurrection announcement – fill you with the comfort and all the other blessings that His new life has meant to generations since that first Easter morning!

    News of Alex’s death brings forward a host of beautiful memories from the West District Camp at Chadon State Park to participating together on various synodical projects to his hospitalization at St. Elizabeth and the sharing in which we engaged then and on other occasions about the Volga Deutsch. I thank God for them. I thank God for Alex, for his faith, his serving, his witness. May you experience the presence of the Risen Christ throughout your journey of grieving and the peace of God which surpasses our human knowledge.

    Your Sister and Brother because of Jesus, Lola
    & Ray Thiel

  14. Kris Dietzen
    • September 2, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Dear Lois and family, i was sorry to hear of Alex’s passing. I’ll always be thankful for the four years we shared together on the staff at St. Andrew’s. It was my first call out of seminary and Alex was gracious, insightful and supportive as a colleague. He was a good and faithful servant of Christ’s Church and of God’s people. I’ll always be thankful for the gift of Alex. May the Lord bless and keep him. May the Lord bless and keep you. Blessings Pastor Kris Dietzen St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Olathe KS

  15. Terry Nielsen
    • September 18, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Sandy and I remember Alex fondly. Sandy remembers time working with Alex at Redeemer Lutheran. We rejoiced when Alex was able to marry us at Redeemer! We also remember many times of just great visits . Thanks be to God for the life of Alex!!

  16. Mary Beth Fergus
    • September 21, 2018 - 5 years ago

    Dear Lois and family,
    I knew Alex in Alliance as Margot’s Dad. He was a loving father and role model for all of us growing up. I was blessed to reconnect with Alex and Lois in Lincoln and Alex officiated at my wedding at St. Andrews. He inspired and shared his wisdom to us as young adults preparing for marriage. I hope all will find peace remembering Alex’s stories and knowing that he is at rest in heaven with our Lord.
    Fondly remembering!
    Mary Beth (Hoffmann) and Dave Fergus

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