Ralph Dee Ackley, 88, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away November 8, 2013 at Hospice of Arizona after a long illness.
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Dee was the youngest son born to Frederick and Muriel Ackley on April 9, 1925 in Boise, Idaho. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in World War II and served in the European Theater where he received many awards, including a Purple Heart. He retired from active duty in the United States Air Force with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer at Luke Air Force Base in 1966.
Dee married Dorothy Miller on April 7, 1950 and they had five children together. Dee married Leonette "Lea" Tuttle on August 24, 1973. Dee and Lea shared 40 wonderful years together. Dee worked in Arizona doing various jobs until he retired in 1975. Dee had a deep love for the Bible and became one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1974. In 1975, Dee became a Pioneer, which is a full time evangelizer, who faithfully served for 15 years. Dee had a love for serving Jehovah God and did so until the very end of his life.
Dee was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather who leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Lea Ackley; his five children: Pilla Leitner of Norway, Eric Ackley of Texas, Denise Murphy of Florida, Deborah Johnson of Washington, and Suzanne Pitner of California; and his four step-children: Sharon Arreola of Oregon, Wade Tuttle of Arizona, Lorraine Northrop of Arizona, and Nancy "Jill" Padilla of California. Dee had 36 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
Dee is predeceased by his parents Frederick and Muriel, his four brothers: Leonard, Meredith "Fred", Arthur, and Ernest, his sister, Mildred, his first wife Dorothy, who passed December 28, 1962, and his step-son Alvin "Lynn" Tuttle.
Services will be held on Saturday, November 23rd at 1:00 P.M. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses located at 15249 N. 75th Ave., Peoria, AZ 85381.
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Published in Daily News-Sun on Nov. 20, 2013