Laverne Akers (1950 - 2009)

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Following a valiant eight-and-a-half year battle with cancer, Laverne
Eugene Akers, 59, peacefully passed away on Sept. 22, 2009, in his home in Mountain View, Stone County, Ark., surrounded by his immediate family.
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Mountain View. Graveside services will be at the Exira Cemetery.
Laverne was born June 15, 1950, in Carroll, to Nyle and Eva Mae Bancroft Akers. He grew up on the family farm in rural Brayton and attended the Exira schools, graduating with the Exira High School class of 1968. Following graduation he attended Iowa State University for two years. In 1970, Laverne joined the United States Air Force, serving at the Regional Hospital of Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, as a psychiatric aide until his honorable discharge in 1975. In 1978 Laverne received his Bachelor of Science degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.
Laverne was united in marriage to Joyce Elaine Glines in 1970. He was employed by Haliburton of Galveston, Texas, working on offshore oil rigs. He started out on a field crew and worked up to a crew manager. In 2000 after a 20-year career, Laverne retired to Mountain View, Arkansas, where he enjoyed woodworking and remodeling his home. Laverne and Joyce remarried in December 1994.
Laverne is survived by his wife, Joyce; his father, Nyle Akers, of Brayton; his children and their spouses, Kobi and Mary Akers of Houston, Texas, Araminta May of Arkansas, Angeline and Leon Buschow of Dallas, Texas, and Natasha Akers of Mountain View; step-daughters, Mistie and Milton Welch of Arizona, and Melba and Jeff Phelps of Houston, Texas; 13 grandchildren; his brothers and sisters. Karen and David McElwain, of Wayne, Neb., Jeanette and Steve Ferin of Cedar Rapids, Ken and Tami Akers of Sarasota, Fla., Cathy and Brad Baldwin of McDonough, Ga., and Shirley and Dean Chesnut of Casey.
He was proceeded in death by his mother Eva Mae Akers and his brother Duane Akers.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2009