Robert (Bob) Akers, 83, passed away July 3, 2013 at home entwining his pinkie finger in the "forever love" position with his wife Shirle, after a six month hard fought battle with lung cancer. His favorite daughter, Tami Connor and three sons, Michael Shuck, Will Akers (Denise) and Jeff Akers (Tammy) were all nearby. He was born in Woodland, CA in 1929 to Rolland and Thelma Akers (predeceased), who were descendants of California pioneers in the Kings Canyon area. He graduated from Napa High in 1948. He was Past Master Councilor Order of DeMolay. He served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years as an electrician mate first class. He spent the next 20 yrs. in Napa working as an industrial Electrician. After his service in the Navy he met the love of his life, Shirle, at a Valentine's Day dance. They remained together for the next 54 years. In the '80s Bob began his second career as a Commercial Fisherman out of Bodega Bay. He fished up and down the California coast in his classic Monterey boat, Sangria. Finally ready to retire, he and Shirle traveled the US, Canada and Mexico for eight yrs. in their RV, with their beloved dog Shadow. Always looking for excitement, Bob raced hydroplane boats in the '50s and in 1956 achieved a world speed record in a Class A stock hydroplane on a half mile straight away. Later, he raced Motocross with his two youngest sons. He coached Pop Warner football and he played golf. Bob was an avid fly fisherman, going often to the Sierra. He loved to dance, sing Barbershop and to listen to the "oldies". Besides his four children and wife, Bob is survived by his sister Donna Crane and was a cherished Grandpa to Crystal, Misty, Trista, Alexandra, Tyler, Lacy, Michael Jr., Savannah, Nicole and Branden. He was Great Grandpa to Doryon, Joseph, Tatianna and Willow and will be missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. At Bob's request there were no services. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Sutter VNA & Hospice, particularly to Beth and Mary.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2013