David and I shared a room together on the ship going to Vietnam in 1965. That was the only time I had the privilege of sharing time with him. Once we landed in Vietnam, we went our separate ways . I have always remembered that he enjoyed life and had a passion for coins. I always hoped to visit with him later in life but never had the opportunity to do do. Sadly I will never have that chance to talk with him. If you would want to talk to me about my short time with him please call me. 574 583-4862
I am so sorry to just hear of Mr. Akers' recent passing. Although I did not know him well personally, he was instrumental in my education in relation to U.S. gold coins which I still specialize in to this day after 30 years as a professional numismatist and dealer. At the very beginning of my career, Richard Nachbar recommended David's series of books on the gold coin series, which were then purchased, and to this day still serves as a valuable reference. Although now dog-eared and bruised, they remain and will always remain on my main reference shelf because of their importance both personally and professionally. I am very grateful for the gift of his knowledge and research. David Akers far exceeded the minimum goal that I believe we should all at least aspire to during our lives, which is to leave this earth a little better than we found it.
Dear Heather and Sharron,
We are very saddened to hear of David's passing. I will always remember his kindness to you and to all. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Amanda Gonzalez
A great man, with great accomplishments. He was always helpful with his vast knowledge. As a stranger with a request he never hesitated to assist. Great men always live on. Hany Haddad
Dear Sharron and Heather,
We were deeply saddened by the news of David's passing. We have lost a wonderful friend. David was a most unique and inspiring person. He was extremely intelligent, had an incredible memory, a quick and engaging wit, and a warm and generous personality. We admired the integrity and ethics which characterized his business and personal reputation. He was the consummate Notre Dame man. While our Notre Dame bond united us in that fraternity of graduates, it was David's personality and persona that took our personal friendship to another level. We enjoyed his company and Bob delighted in his frequent conversations with David about a wide range of topics, but especially about Notre Dame sports. His encyclopedic memory and recall and his undiminished optimism, even when the team went through challenges, made each exchange stimulating.
We admired his strength and determination when dealt physical and illness obstacles that long ago would have wilted almost any man. In addition to excelling as a family man, he served our nation gallantly and at great personal expense in Viet Nam. He was as a teacher and a creative corporate leader, and he has been honored as few others in the coin Industry where his talents are legendary and where he leaves a treasure full of respected work. David was valued by the institutions he represented and by the countless people who had the privilege of working with him. For all, David's passing is a loss. We are among them and we will miss him as a respected and beloved friend.
But our loss pales compared to the unimaginable loss you and Heather have suffered. We know what a wonderful husband and father he was. We know how very much he valued and loved all his family and how he was always ready and willing to do anything he could for others. And we know that the feeling was mutual and that you did everything you could for him.
Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences. David has left his friends and especially his family a rich legacy of wonderful memories. In time, we trust these will mitigate the pain of your loss and enrich your celebration of his time with you.
You, David, and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers,
Bob & Jean