William ""Runt"" Ake, age 83, of Portales, New Mexico passed away on April 16, 2012, at Clovis Healthcare and Rehab in Clovis, New Mexico.
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William was born on November 23, 1928, in Lamesa, Texas to Burt and Hazel (Richards) Ake. He married Patsy Ruth Jones on September 7, 1960, in Lubbock, Texas. She preceded him in death on March 13, 1997.
William worked for many years for the cities of Belton and Baytown, Texas in the street maintenance department. He loved to play the fiddle as he was a self-taught musician. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by six sons, Larry Ake of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, Windell (Sheila) Ake of Buffalo, Kentucky, Windell (Sylvia) Jones of New Braunfels, Texas, Curtis Ake of Oceanside, California, Ronnie Ake of New Braunfels, Texas, and Donny (Mona Lisa) Ake of Portales, New Mexico; two daughters, Elaine (Leslie) Graham of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma and Debra Ake of Midland, Texas; one twin brother, Ray Ake of Bryant, Arkansas; fourteen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patsy; four sisters, Francis, Mary, Virginia, and Mary Lou and three brothers, Fred, Billy, and Pete.
Graveside Services are at 3:00 p.m. on Friday April 20, 2012, Earthman's Memory Gardens in Baytown, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to www.myashleah.org.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E. Manana Blvd., Clovis, New Mexico, (575) 763-5541. You may also sign the online guest registry at www.steed-todd.com .
Steed-Todd Funeral Home
800 E. Manana Blvd Clovis, NM 88101
Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Apr. 18, 2012