I was very saddened to hear of John's passing. I worked closely with John from when I first met him in 1984 until I left ExxonMobil in 2001. John was my constant lunch companion in the late 80's and early 90's when we worked downtown and we had some great adventures together. I always appreciated Johns wry sense of humor. He was a dependable co-worker and friend. My condolences to the Ackerer family for your loss.
Jack had a very intimate relationship with Jesus, because he carried the suffering Christ within him. He was searching for a glimpse of the hope of the Resurrection. Now, his suffering is finished, and I believe he knows the joy and peace he was promised. From the pictures Betty sent me on the day Jack died, I believe he simply fell back to sleep in the arms of God, and awoke in Paradise. I love you. I miss you. In a heartbeat....
The most important thing I'd want you to know is how much I truly appreciate you. In everything I did, you supported me. It may not have been 100% but you did. Whether it was my dancing, anything with school, fundraisers, trips, or anything, you were always there to help. I took most of that for granted. Not only did I not realize your efforts, I never was there to support YOU. Always asking questions and not understanding anything you went through, the pain you were in physically and emotionally. Even something as simple as a hug, I always asked "why" and you will never know how sorry I am for that. There are so many things I wish I could tell you, like how I actually loved listening to your stories, although long and never to the point. You seemed to take such pride in sometimes the smallest situation. I admire you for that. You were such a proud man. I know for certain you were proud of yourself, and I want to believe you were proud of me. I hope you still are. The main reason I was excited for graduation, besides finally getting out of high school, was having my family there to celebrate, especially you. And even though you won't be here physically, I know you will be spiritually. That's better for you too. You won't be in pain, and it's going to be hot! My point is, Peepaw, no matter how many arguments we've had, or how many times we disagreed, I never hated you. My biggest regret is not saying "thank you" or "I love you" as often as I should have. I do love you, and so many people love and care about you, and with this I hope you can or have already found peace. But most importantly, I hope you look down on all of us and see the impact you have made on each and everyone of our lives. You'll always be my Peepaw. You'll always be remembered, and I'll be seeing you again someday. I love you with all my heart.
Human beings can be disappointing creatures, but I never saw my dad that way. My dad was my universe. Both beautiful and chaotic. My dad was a man that would trade something selfish for something noble. He was the strongest man I knew. He was my muse, my constant, my Yoda. But most of all, he was also my man. Dad, I miss you and love you very much. The beat of my heart has changed since I lost the rhythm like you.
I enjoyed working with and for John at Carter-Schaefer and CIBER. And meeting for lunch later when he worked at the Refinery and I was at Olefins and Chem Plant. John was a good friend and a great professional. He will be missed.