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Carl G. Tackett Carl G. Tackett, 24, of Burlington, Mich., died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, as the result of an automobile accident. A funeral was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Union City Wesleyan Church with Pastor Marty Burdick officiating. A gathering of family and friends was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation, in Union City, Mich. Carl was born April 14, 1991 in Whitley County, Ky., to Benton Lee Tackett and the former Sandra Kay Johnson. He graduated from Union City High School in 2010, where he played football, baseball and wrestled at 138 pounds. Following high school, Carl worked using his cooking talent at several area truck stops, including the Tekhi, Tekon and Arlene’s, and at the Union City Diner. He also worked at MKD Granite in Marshall. He obsessed over his omelet-folding technique and knew how to make good venison jerky. The only thing Carl liked better than cooking was eating his mother’s cooking. He would send ahead menu requests to her before going to visit her in Kentucky. While Carl regarded his significant other, Kristin “Danielle” Vigil, as the love of his life, hunting was also near and “deer” to his heart.  He never missed an opening day of deer season. All other plans would be cancelled. Carl also hunted turkey. He was equally obsessive about attending his kids’ activities and doctor’s appointments. He was a favorite among his nieces and nephews, who called him “Uncle Car-Car.” Carl was a diehard Green Bay Packers fan, down to owning a cheese head hat and sporting a Green Bay tattoo on his bicep. He was not afraid of either making a fool of himself and/or embarrassing other people. He expressed himself through music and kept his radio tuned to rock station 106.1, and liked to sing along. His sister still laughs at the memory of Carl’s rendition of “This Girl is on Fire.” In his leisure, Carl also liked fishing, especially for big catfish and bluegill. Spending time with his boys and feeding cattle at his great-grandpa’s farm held great meaning for him. His family describes him as “one of a kind.” Carl is survived by his mother, Sandra Kay Anderson of London, Ky.; his father, Benton L. Tackett of Portage, Mich., formerly of London; his significant other, Danielle Vigil of Battle Creek, Mich.; and their sons, George (5) and Daniel (4) Tackett of Battle Creek; his brothers, Ryan Boes, Bryan Tackett, and Scott Tackett of Kentucky; his sisters, HiDe Dunithan and Kristen Tackett of Kentucky; his grandparents, George (Fay) Johnson of Burlington, Mich.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Benton Scott Tackett and Elwyn Collyer. Another brother, Olaf Boes, died in the same automobile accident that claimed Carl’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family in care of Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation, P.O. Box 161, Union City, Mich., 49094. Please visit www.lighthousefuneral.com to share memories, pictures and videos with the family.
Published on  January 27, 2016
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