Larry J. Hackenmiller, "Hack," was born on Aug. 9, 1948, with his twin sister, Linda, in Stacyville, Iowa. The second oldest, he joined the Army and did two tours in Vietnam, finishing out at Fort Wainwright in 1968.
He worked five years at the Alaska Railroad before the "Alaskan Hack" went homesteading in the Cosna River area where he hunted, fished, trapped and enjoyed the true wilderness of Alaska. He returned to his 160-acre homestead as often as possible. When in Fairbanks, Hack was a bartender at various bars in Fairbanks and worked at GVEA until he bought the Club Manchu Bar in South Fairbanks in 1984. The bar would feature Hack's famous bottle-playing and Midwest décor, including his iconic cow-print hat.
He married his wife, Maggie Stroecker, in November 1979 and was blessed with three sons before mom got her wish and daughter Sarena was born. The family spent a lot of time at their cabin at Harding Lake, and all of the children attended and graduated from the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks. Hack claimed he and mom got a Certified Parent Diploma when all four kids got jobs and were on their own.
He did one three-year term on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly and figured that was enough time to figure out how them politicians worked. Hack said that he learned their language enough so he could speak with three hands behind his back and was going to use that great wisdom and knowledge to talk his way into heaven.
Hack was a strong supporter of the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel & Restaurant, Retailers Association (CHARR), and served as president for three years. He gained great respect for the small business owners who sold alcohol in the state of Alaska. He remained active with CHARR until he passing.
Hack was preceded in death by his parents, Dolly and Jerry; sister, Judy; twin sister, Linda; and son, Jason. He is survived by his wife, Maggie; children, Cary, Matt (Tara) and Sarena; brothers and sisters, Tim (Denise), Kent (Janis), Kevin (Lori) Sue, Amy (Steve); a barnful of nieces and nephews; and many cousins.
A celebration of Hack's life will be held Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, from 1-5 p.m. at Miguel's Mexican Restaurant.
Hack added, "Donations can be made quite often to your favorite bar or restaurant in memory of Hack."