Bill Hack

Bill Hack (born Robert Wilson Hack) passed away from a heart attack on Monday, January 17th, 2022 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Bill was born on July 2nd, 1955 in Lawrence and spent his childhood there. He graduated from Lawrence High School and attended the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the KU Men’s Golf team and the Sigma Chi fraternity. He pursued and achieved his dream of becoming a PGA Professional, followed by a career in the restaurant and real estate industries.

Bill married Michelle McCubbin in 1987, with whom he shared the joy of three sons. He lived his life by the principles he learned as a gentleman of the game of golf, and he considered his family and golf to be his true loves and passions.

Bill is survived by his mother, Julie (Lawrence, KS); three sons, Wilson (26; Seattle, WA), Weston (25; Wichita, KS), and Hudson (19; Lawrence, KS); three siblings, Al Hack (wife Sue; Lawrence, KS), Cary Pandzik (husband Mike; Lenexa, KS), and Chris Hack (wife Dana; Greenville, SC); and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Al “Big Al” Hack.

The family will hold a celebration of Bill’s life this Friday, January 21st, from 2 – 4 pm at Lawrence Country Club. Please wear casual or golf attire.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill’s memory to Music Theatre Kansas City or to junior golf initiatives in the Lawrence area and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS  66044.

34 Condolences

  1. Angie Sneed McClure on January 19, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Dear Hack Families: You are in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow. Bill was an incredible father and friend to all that had the great experience of knowing him. As you grieve, please take comfort knowing that this very special man touched the lives of so many. RIP Bill
    The Darren McClure Family

  2. Michelle and Leon Fales on January 19, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Whenever I spoke with Bill, he always asked about our son. And loved to give me an update on his three young men.

    A sweet man who was always professional and calm. He will be missed.

    Our thoughts are with all of Bill’s family, especially Wilson, Weston, and Hudson.

  3. Sean E. Wooley on January 19, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    To the Hack family:
    I only new Bill on a professional level, but felt like I knew him as an old buddy that I could just chat with from time to time. His skills as a professional appraiser and his calm and reassuring demeanor will never be lost in the eyes of our business. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.
    Central Bank of the Midwest Appraisal Review Department

  4. Cindy Beal Smith on January 19, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Michelle I am so sorry to hear about Bill! There isn’t a time that goes by when I think of KU and our hysterical times together that I laugh out loud. From Taco Johns soft shell tacos (I think we each ate 8) to WAHOOO DE WAHOOO to the song Solid as a Rock – those sure were the good ole days and I wouldn’t have changed any of it. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!!! Love you! Cindy Beal Smith

  5. Mike McCubbin on January 19, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Hard to put into a few words what a great person Bill Hack was. My brother in law was a throwback to an earlier time when people were more civil and thoughtful. Pretty sure he got that from his parents. He was gracious and welcoming. No one ever had a better handshake when they greeted you. He was a calming influence in the chaos of life whether it was at work, with family or in a public setting. You always felt better about everything after spending any amount of time with Bill. My solace lies in the fact that he imparted his gift to 3 incredible sons..Wilson, Weston and Hudson will carry on his gift and impact on others. RIP Bill… were way under par in the life you lived and example you shared.

  6. Debbie Dickens on January 19, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    My heart goes out to all the Hack family over the loss of Bill. I have vivid memories of him escorting me down the aisle as a bridesmaid in Al and Sue’s wedding, as well as some warm Christmas gatherings. His kindness and generosity to an awkward teen was an early sign of his kind, gentle spirit and were greatly appreciated. At my father’s memorial, just about a year before I met Bill, the minister talked about my dad’s life in terms of the ball’s soaring trajectory in the game of golf he loved so much. I know that Bill, Big Al, and my dad are at peace on that heavenly course. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Cristy L Sullivan on January 20, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Hack Family,
    I was so sad to hear about your Dad. He was always such a kind and generous man. I remember back in the “old days” at Corpus seeing him at all the events. Please know you all are in my prayers.

  8. Doug Gaston on January 20, 2022 at 10:02 am

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I fully appreciated the professional relationship we had and always looked to Bill for rock-solid advice and counsel. Our prayers are with the Hack Families.

  9. Maley Wilkins on January 20, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Thinking of your family at this difficult and unexpected time. Peace and blessings to you as you celebrate Bill’s life and support each other moving forward.

    John and Maley Wilkins

  10. Nancy Boston on January 20, 2022 at 10:20 am

    I was sorry to read of your brother’s untimely death. My sympathies to you and your family.
    Nancy Boston aka Miss Dannevik

  11. Pat and Bob Newton on January 20, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Bob and I wish to send our condolences to the entire Hack family. What a loss to all of you and to the community. Our thoughts are with you.

    Pat and Bob Newton

  12. ken wertzberger on January 20, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    condolences to Julie and Al and whole family.

  13. Catherine Hess on January 20, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Many prayers for his family.

  14. Debbie Huff on January 20, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    So very sorry to hear of the sudden and sad loss of Bill! Praying for peace and comfort during this sad time for the Hack family! Bill will truly be missed! Pray all the wonderful memories you hold dear to your heart will help ease the pain!
    With sincere sympathy
    Darrell and Debbie Huff

  15. Tracy Diel on January 20, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Sorry for loss. May you find peace in the memories and love of your family.

  16. Julie Dunlap on January 20, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    We are so deeply sorry for your loss and send you many prayers for the times ahead.
    – Julie and Dave Dunlap and family

  17. Mark Gabrick on January 20, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    I’m praying that God will comfort the voids in your hearts from Bill’s passing. He was a terrific guy that introduced me to a huge group of friends that soon became my friends. We had a lot of fun working together at the Town Shop and The Wheel. His smile was authentic and engaging. No matter how many years passed between seeing him, he made it seem like yesterday. I’m sure he and Woo have a daily tee time in heaven.

  18. Sheila Santee on January 20, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    My sincerest condolences to the Hack family. Bill’s friendly personality, his knowledge of the real estate market, and his professionalism, made him one of our very favorite appraisers. He will truly be missed by all. Prayers for all.

  19. Mary and Dave Mattern on January 20, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers with you all during this time of loss. Bill was a wonderful classy man who was always a pleasure to be around. His conversations always included the pride that he had for his sons and family. Please know that we hold you all in our hearts and prayers. We are so sorry, our love to you all.

  20. Jay & Kim Clements on January 21, 2022 at 8:52 am

    We are so saddened to hear the news about Bill. He was a wonderful man who deeply loved his family. Wishing you all peace and comfort in this difficult time. Our heartfelt sympathy to your entire family in all of this sorrow and loss.

  21. Julie (Larson) Rea on January 21, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Although I never knew him personally, I always admired your family’s great devotion to your children through the many activities they pursued. My sons also participated in some of the same activities, albeit on other teams. Please accept my sincere sympathy in your loss.

  22. Jill Ballew on January 21, 2022 at 9:43 am

    I entered the real estate world too late to get to know Bill as many others. You can tell a lot about a persons character by the way others speak about them, and I’ve heard so many comments about how Bill is somebody you wanted to work with, that did the job right, and somebody that would go the extra mile.

    Sending my condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the Hack families. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  23. Mel and Diana Deutsch on January 21, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Mel and I so enjoyed knowing Bill and talking with him at high school baseball games besides on a professional level.
    We send to the entire Hack family and his sons, our heartfelt sympathy – God hold you in his hands for healing and strength at this time of sorrow.

  24. Bill and Yolonda Newman on January 21, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    To the Hack family: My family sends our condolences to you on your loss. I’ve known Bill since kindergarten, where we attended Cordley elementary. We will keep you in our prayers and may God give you strength during these times.

  25. Vince Seymour on January 21, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    I was saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. He was always such a graceful man.
    My condolences to his family.

  26. Carolyn Masinton on January 21, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    My sincere condolences on the loss of Bill. He was a genuinely kind, funny and authentic person, and always so much fun to be around. It’s been a long time since I’d last seen him, but my fond memories of him are very clear. Sending love your way, and I hope the family and all who loved him find peace and hope in his memories, and as he lives on through you.

  27. Garth and Enid Terlizzi on January 21, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Dear Family Members, we are so sorry to hear about Bill. Julie, Al, Cary, Chris, Michelle, and the boys. It’s quite a shocking event….Bill was fit, handsome, great golfer, and always friendly. Our community will miss him. 30 years ago I had regular trips to Colorado Springs and always went to Chili’s to eat so I could see Bill. The first time Louie Lewis was with him and we had a great time…ha ve many fond memories. When the boys were little you’d see them at LCC golfing with Bill, and then the boys worked as bag boys.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you …we can’t make the service because we’re out of town. May the peace of God be with you.

  28. Warren and Gina Vincent on January 21, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    May the Lord be with you all during this time. It is so hard to lose someone who was so loved. The world will not be the same with Bill’s passing. Our prayers are with you though we cannot be there in person we are there in spirit.

  29. Paul Walker on January 21, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Bill was older than I,and set an example for us at CJHS, where we met. We all looked up to him.
    Through the years I would run into him from time to time. He was gracious and always had a smile.
    God bless

  30. Tom Langhofer on January 22, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    I have such fond memories of Bill, growing up with the Hack family in the 60’s and 70’s and hanging out at Mr. and Mrs. Hack’s house. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Hack family during this very difficult time. May the peace and comfort of Jesus be with you all. Love you all.

  31. Gary J. Minden on January 22, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    Weston and Wilson:
    I just saw a note that your father passed away. That event is so difficult.
    I can see your father’s smile in the endeavors you took on.
    Take care,

  32. Loren Taylor on January 23, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Dear Friends,

    I am so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. We were the closest of friends in our elementary school days at Cordley, just as our fathers, Roy and Al, became closer friends late in their lives. I have such fond memories of our friendship and seeing his parents, brothers and sister at their house on Mass Street. Bill and I used to celebrate that our birthdays were only one day apart (mine being on July 1).

    My heart and prayers go out to the entire Hack family.

  33. Dan Sabatini on January 24, 2022 at 7:55 am

    Dear Al, Sorry about the loss of you brother. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.


  34. John and Susan buehler on January 29, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    To the Hack family we send our deepest condolences upon learning of the death of Bill, your son, your sibling, your husband and father. His presence will live in the hearts of those who loved him. Grace and peace to your family. John and Susan Buehler, Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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