Robert "Hack" Hackley

  • Born: April 25, 1946
  • Died: May 29, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert "Hack" Hackley, 73, of Ankeny, IA, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2019. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 3rd from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA.
Robert was born April 25, 1946 in Lima, OH to Haywood and Kathleen (Sharp Witt) Hackley. He graduated from Effingham High School in Effingham, IL and from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL with a degrees in Geology and Engineering. Robert took advantage of many educational opportunities offered throughout his career and attended classes at University of Iowa and University of Kansas. Robert was employed as an Oil and Gas Engineer with Natural Gas Pipeline for 25 years, from which he took early retirement. He was also co-owner of Texaco Food mart in Osceola, IA.
After retirement he opened Fifth Street Fountain & Finds, a soda fountain and antique store in Valley Junction, IA. Robert purchased the "pieces & parts" of a vintage soda fountain that had been in storage for many years. He used those items to furnish the soda fountain in Valley Junction. He built and operated the Sun Drop Cafe formerly located inside the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall. He also owned and operated a deck cleaning company. Robert most recently worked as a web-designer and web-marketer for Seneca Tank in Des Moines, IA.
Robert had a passion for car shows. He designed and operated the website, providing details about local car shows. He enjoyed his motorcycles and personal car collection. Robert may not have remembered your name, but he would definitely remember what car or motorcycle you drive. Robert loved photography and everything related to science and technology. He taught himself to design websites when he needed a website for his own business. Robert was a blues fan and enjoyed spending time at local blues shows (especially if the show was outdoors).
Robert enjoyed his family and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his abundance of energy, love for debates and witty sense of humor. Robert was self-driven and passionate about his work and hobbies. He was intelligent, hardworking and well respected. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
Robert is survived by his partner, Brenda Leimberer of Ankeny, IA, two daughters, Jennifer Zey and her husband Hubert Zey of Wichita, KS, Jill Hackley of Ankeny, IA; 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and his sister Sue Poppaw of Green Valley, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Haywood and Kathleen Hackley.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry we were unable to make it. Please know we were thinking of you and love you both

Posted by Shannon Dario - Norwalk, IA - Friend   August 05, 2019

Robert and I met by chance. We are both car guys and when he called and mentioned he ran I was excited to know the actual person that ran the website I used weekly. With my back ground in web/photography/cars Robert and I hit it off and decided we should do some work together. Soon it became a partnership and we worked together for several years to keep his motorsport event guide growing. We are separated physically now but he will always be in my mind guiding me on how to best serve our fans through
You will be missed for the rest of my life. Thanks buddy!

Posted by Randy Johnson - Saylorville, IA - Friend   August 03, 2019

Robert was a great co-worker but most of all a good friend. Robert was a very talented man but was always encouraging and kind to me. We had great conversations of shared interest and memories of growing up as "Baby Boomers." He always invited me into his home and made me feel welcome. I already miss him much !
My heart felt condolences to his family and to especially Brenda.

Posted by Richard Jorgensen - Des Moines, IA - Friend   June 19, 2019

I'm so very sorry for your loss, prayers for your family

Posted by Victoria Haugen - Des moines, IA - Friend   June 17, 2019