Reverend Myron Edmund Wackler, age 90, left this world from Coeur d’Alene, ID Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, to join the Lord he served so faithfully. It is altogether fitting that God chose a Sunday to take him home.
Born May 9, 1924, Myron was the oldest of 10 children born to Edmund and Frances Wackler of Howard Lake. He was a German-speaking farm boy who longed for education, and realized early on that his life’s work was first and foremost to serve his Lord.
He was college educated at Concordia College in Springfield, IL.
Myron met the love of his life, Geraldine Shipp, in Mason City, a nearby town, and together they raised six children five boys and the sixth, a girl.
Rev. Wackler spent over 50 years preaching the Gospel of Christ as a Lutheran minister in Illinois and Montana. He was also a school board secretary for many years, and considered education one of life’s most important gifts.
He will be remembered by his family as a brother who led by example and some intrinsic strength he seemed to have been born with, and as a father whose pleasure it was to show his children the world and all of its wonders by way of a station wagon and a travel trailer. His 15 grandchildren will remember him as the family patriarch who loved family gatherings and who played a mean harmonica.
Most remember him as a mortal man who donned a robe on Sundays, stepped into the pulpit and became something much, much more. He was a brilliant preacher and public speaker with a powerful message and a rare ability to connect deeply with people of all ages and intellects. His legacy is the many lives he touched, both from the pulpit and in his daily life.
Myron was an outdoorsman who loved being in the woods, in the mountains, and on the lakes, rivers, and oceans. He grew up playing baseball as a pitcher and loved the game as a fan all of his life.
He is survived by his children: Dan Wackler of Eugene, OR, Joe Wackler and wife, Stefanie of Soldotna, AK, Tom Wackler of Missoula, MT, Tim Wackler and wife, Michelle, of Missoula, MT, and Jane Curtis of Coeur d’Alene, ID, his special daughter who cared for him in the last years of his life.
Myron is further survived by his brothers and sisters, John Wackler and wife Dorothy, Ila Mae Hengel, Harold Wackler, Darlene Newman, James Wackler and wife, Caroline, Michael Wackler, and Robert Wackler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Frances Wackler; sisters Mavis Scheer and Carol Walden; his wife, Geraldine Wackler; and a son, Jonathan.
Myron Wackler was blessed with 15 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren who he dearly loved.
His favorite Bible verse and his message to anyone who would listen were always one and the same; “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” Acts 16:31
A celebration of life ceremony is being planned in Missoula, MT at a later date.