When Forrest William Fackler was born on 16 July 1909, in Syracuse, Turkey Creek Township, Kosciusko, Indiana, United States, his father, William David Fackler, was 36 and his mother, Addie Louise Baird, was 25. He married Blanch Isabell Culler on 26 September 1931, in Syracuse, Turkey Creek Township, Kosciusko, Indiana, United States. He lived in Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana, United States for about 9 years and Benton, Benton Township, Elkhart, Indiana, United States in 1950. He died in 1999, in Kosciusko, Indiana, United States, at the age of 90.
German: occupational name for a torch maker or for someone whose job was to light or carry a torch, from Middle High German vackel ‘torch’ + agent suffix -er; later fackeln took on the meaning of ‘to waver, shilly-shally’, hence a nickname for a wavering, hesitating person.
East German: from a short form of the Slavic personal name Wenceslaw or other Slavic names beginning with Vech- or Vach.
Americanized form of German Fachler, an occupational name for a surveyor of fish pens (see Fecher ).