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Jack Richard Bacher, affectionately known as "Pastor Jack", passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior February 27, 2018 at Providence Medical Center. A service will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Faith Christian Community, 4240 Wisconsin St Anchorage. A reception will follow the service.
Jack was born May 25, 1929 to Gilbert and Mary Searles Bacher in Barberton, Ohio. He is preceded in death by both his parents and brothers Jerry and James Bacher. He is survived by Mary Lou his beloved wife of 63 years and their seven children. Sons, Mark (Benita), John (Kathy), Duane, David (Michelle) and Phillip (Darla); daughters, Rebecca (Dale) Wade and Mary (Tim) DeSpain, 23 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great great grandson. He was a loving husband, father and cherished grandpapa.
He attended Barberton High School, graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Arts and from Grace Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. He had a profound and steadfast love for the Word of God and considered it a privilege to teach it. After seminary he spent four years as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. His first pastorate was at Calvary Bible Church in Berne, Indiana. In 1961 he accepted a call to pastor Church of the Open Door in Anchorage, AK which later became Scenic Park Bible Church. He ministered in that capacity for 27 years. During that time he served as Administrator of Anchorage Christian Academy, a ministry of the church. In 1989 he and Mary Lou embarked on an interim ministry which took them to churches in Alaska, Canada, Washington, Oregon, Ohio and Michigan. They returned to Anchorage in 2000 to be near their children and their growing families.
In 2002 he joined the staff of Faith Christian Community as Senior’s pastor and served there until he retired in 2011 due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Jack had always been involved in his community. He was instrumental in establishing the Anchorage Rescue Mission. He served on the founding board of the Community Pregnancy Center. He and Mary Lou opened their home for girls who needed a place to live during their crisis. He was always involved in prison ministry. He loved his fellow Pastors and was always present at the Pastors Prayer Fellowship on Thursday’s noon.
Jack loved and enjoyed his family. He enjoyed fishing, river rafting, traveling the AK highway with a car load of kids. If he was out doors he was whistling. He is greatly missed. Before he passed his memory was gone but God is gracious. If he heard a song he would sing along. A few hours before he left earth he was singing his beloved hymns.
His family asks that any donations be made to Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska 1750 Abbott Rd Anchorage, AK 99507 or Community Pregnancy Center 4231 Lake Otis Pkwy Anchorage, AK 99508 in his memory.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes, Kehl’s Chapel.
Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska
1750 Abbott Road, Anchorage AK 99507