Plane Crash Kills Russell Hackler of Grove Way Veterinary

The Castro Valley vet was the only passenger when his home-built plane crashed Friday.


Dr. Russell Hackler, known to Castro Valley residents through his work at Grove Way Veterinary Hospital, died Friday when his home-built plane crashed near the Calaveras County Airport, according to a report in the Contra Costa Times.

The family have been notified. Hackler, 68, lived in Danville.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Hackler was flying alone when the crash occurred.

If you knew Dr. Hackler through his veterinary work or his flight hobby and would care to leave a memorial, please use the comments.

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Janet Magnoni December 19, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Everyone is unique, but some people are more unique than others. This about sums up the marvel that Russ reflected on all of us. My deepest condolences to Kathie, Win, and all the rest of the family and friends. My heart is with you.
ed December 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Doc Hackler was very nice man and he will be miss. I been bring my dogs to groveway close 11 years and felt happy with his service. I will alway remeber Doc Hackler. My dog is 11 years old and I am very hapy he is still here alive with me. My dogs will think about you.
Richard Whipple January 05, 2013 at 05:41 AM
I just heard the bad news about russel,He was awonderful human being and a true humaniterion in every sence of the word.Russel and his I just got the bad news about russel, and let me say that he was a wonderful human being and atrue humanatierian in every sence of the word.several years ago when I lost my parents Russel and his wife Kathie were were there to help me through some very hard times and I dont know what Id done without them. A few years earlier Russel saved my cats life when he fixed his badly broken leg, I was so greatful to him , and I still have that cat today thanks to Russel. Isure wish I could return the favor and save his life now. But I cant. I will miss him very much and I shall think about him often, and I will never forget his kindness. Rich Danette and Chelsie Whipple
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Kathie Hackler March 02, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Its been a little over three months and on behalf of the family I wanted to reach out to all of the people who have said such nice things about him here on the Patch and also in the memorial book at Grove Way. Also thanks to Drs. Leaper and Moffatt for helping me through this difficult time tying up lose ends with the practice, giving Annie my beloved schnauzer her shots and their reaching out to the Grove Way Community to help my grandaughter Amanda collect donations for Sulphur Creek as part of her class "Caring Project". The outpouring of condolences, help and warm memories from everyone has been amazing.


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