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Roger Dale Hakl
Roger was born in Yankton, SD on May 8th, 1945 to Joseph and Elizabeth (Blacknik) Hakl. He was baptized October 11th, 1945 and confirmed August 15th, 1965 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Kaylor, SD. He later became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Scotland, SD. He attended Blaha Grade School near Tyndall, SD until the eighth grade. He started working for area farmers and then moved to Scotland where he worked at Scotland Oil, Fullerton Lumber Yard and Standard Oil Company.
He then met his future wife Carol (Jerke) in Kaylor, SD and they married November 15th, 1964. Shortly after, he joined the National Guard for six years and after discharge he had three kids: Kevin, Brian and Lori. Together Roger and his wife bought Highway DX gas station in Scotland, SD which later became Philips 66. During that time, he started to sell used vehicles. Eventually they sold the gas station and started a full-time car dealership, Hakl Auto Sales. They did this for many years before retirement in 2006 where they moved to Yankton and became members of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Roger enjoyed working on cars in his free time, going to casinos and restaurants, watching wrestling and RFD and he was very proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed his time with his grand pup, Allie and loved showing her off. Roger also enjoyed meeting and talking to new people. He truly had “the gift of gab.”
Roger is survived by his wife Carol, sons Kevin (Kathryn) Hakl, Brian (Tamera) Hakl and daughter Lori (Mark) Spencer; five grandchildren Brandon, Brooklynn, Brianna Hakl, Lexie and McKenzie Johannsen; grand pup Allie and other surviving relatives.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Blacknik) Hakl; brother Ernest Hakl; in-laws Alfred and Lorinda Jerke and son-in-law Jay Johannsen.
If you are unable to attend, condolences may be sent to: Carol Hakl, 2500 Douglas AVE Apt. 2, Yankton SD 57078.
Carol there are few words that can express how special Roger and you are to us. Seeing Roger's picture this morning really made me happy. He always smiled and made a person feel welcome wherever he was. God gave him a gift that he shared with others.
Mel Linda Schortzman Nov 30 2020 4:35 PM
Carol, I don't know where to even start - my deepest sympathy to you and the kids. Roger was one of the kindest and most generous people I have known. He was a huge influence on so many positive things in my life, and for that I am eternally grateful to the both of you. In the early days at the station, he took me under his wing and taught me not only about cars and business, but also how to be a good, kind, honest and caring person. He had that nonstop energy and personality that everyone wanted to be around. Roger will most definitely be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May God Bless!! Dave and Jackie
David & Jackie Max Nov 30 2020 2:04 AM
Carol and family..With much sadness we are sending you our prayers and hopefully comfort at this very difficult time.
Wendell/Nancy Mortensen Nov 29 2020 5:26 PM
Our deepest sympathy. Roger was a good friend to all who knew him. Frank & Joanie Kloucek & Family
Frank Kloucek Nov 28 2020 7:16 PM
Carol, to you and your family you have our deepest sympathies on the loss of Roger. He has always been a friend and will be remembered. God rest his soul. Joe and Darlene
Joe Kostal Nov 25 2020 6:54 PM
To all the Family Cars were a favorite of Roger's ....and Carol I truly believe there was never ever a cleaner car sold by any Used Car Dealer...than at Hakls Used Cars ...both You and Roger left no speck of dirt grease or dust on a vehicle that was sold off of your lot...you both had a car cleaning knack...You and your family have my condolences...knowing as you said...you will so miss him...in those moments hang on to the many memories of the many years you were blessed with him being in your life...May he R.I.P.... thoughts and prayers for you that your faith will feel Gods Presence giving you the strength to overcome the days of loneliness and sorrow that lie before you in the days to come....Love LaVerne and Marsha
LaVerne Goeken Nov 25 2020 6:48 AM
I am so sorry to hear if Rogers passing. I always enjoyed visiting with him. He sold me a few really good cars over the years. My sympathy to you.
Pam Stewart Nov 24 2020 11:51 PM
Carol, You and your family have our deepest condolences at this time. Roger was always so helpful to us and we loved visiting with the both of you. May God Bless him on his new journey.
Vern and Arla Dangel Nov 24 2020 4:50 PM
My sympathies to Carol and family. We always enjoyed our visits when we saw you in Yankton. May God bless and comfort you at this difficult time.
Janet Bauder Nov 24 2020 6:57 AM
So sorry to hear about Roger. Always enjoyed visiting with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
David & Bunny Eberhardt Nov 24 2020 12:45 AM