Rev. Dr. Rogers Kenneth Hake


SOUTH BEND - Rev. Dr. Rogers Kenneth Hake, 86, residing in South Bend, Indiana passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.
Rogers Kenneth Hake was born on August 16, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri to the late J. William Hake and Ruth Pauline (Schaefer) Hake. He attended high school in St. Louis. After graduation, he proudly served our country in the United States Army. After discharge he attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, where he obtained a Master degree in theology, and was ordained as a Lutheran pastor. He then served congregations in Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, and Arkansas. While in Iowa, he became a professor at William Penn College, then went on to serve as Director of the South Central Mental Health Center there. During that time, he also received his PHD from Iowa State University, in 1989. He then took a position as a professor at Concordia University of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, in Mequon, WI.
He retired in 1994, and he and Barbara moved to South Bend. They spent many years traveling, teaching, and sharing God's love. During that time he served as a vacancy pastor for various churches throughout northern Indiana and Arkansas. Pastor Hake was also a volunteer professor in the Lutheran University and Seminary of Brazil, and was a missionary with the Ysleta Lutheran Mission of El Paso, TX, and Mexico.
Pastor Rog was known for his great sense of humor; he never knew a stranger, and was great at bringing people together throughout his life. He was also a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and watched their games daily. He spent his final days at St. Paul's senior living facility, with his dog, Nika. From there he was able to visit his wife Barbara, who suffers from Alzheimer's and lives in a nearby facility. Though she no longer recognized him, he still visited her daily, and remained devoted to her to the end.
On February 20, 1955 in St. Louis, he was united in marriage to Barbara Joan (Tiebout) Hake, who survives. They are blessed with two daughters, Dr. Holly (Jim) Harris and Sara (Dr. Steve Crowell) Hake, both of South Bend; and four sons, Kelvin Hake of Bristow, OK, Jon (Marilyn) Hake of N. Liberty, IA, Matthew (Dana) Hake of St. George, VT, and Timothy (Lori) Hake of Nashua, IA; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. James Hake of Orlando, FL. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Geraldine Wolf, and his brother, Lowell Hake.
Funeral services for Rev. Dr. Rogers Kenneth Hake will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 805 S. 29th Street, South Bend, IN 46615, with Rev. Steven Latzke officiating.
Burial with Military Rites will follow at Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend. Friends may gather with the family on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 4:00 PM till 6:00 PM at Palmer Funeral Home River Park Chapel, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46615, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Memorial contribution may be given to Ysleta Lutheran Missions, 301 S. Schutz Drive, El Paso, TX 79907. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
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3 posts

Aug 03, 2019
What a GREAT MAN!!!
Cathy Dykstra Angle
Aug 02, 2019
Rog was my minister while at St. John Lutheran in Oskaloosa, and then later a professor of mine at William Penn college. He was a special guy. He will be missed. Enjoy your heavenly home my old friend.
Janet Riley
Jul 30, 2019
The Hakes were neighbors in Oskaloosa. Barbara and the children were out of town. We invited him to have supper at our home. As usual we had mashed potatoes and he just was thrilled. Really thrilled. To me it was just mashed potatoes but not to him. Our little twin girls thought that was funny.