Richard B. Acker|
Richard B. Acker (Dick), 79, of Akron, passed away after a short illness, on July 17, 2004.
He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of Gerald and Ruby (Littlejohn) Acker. He was the best Christmas present to his family, born on Dec. 25, 1924.
He was a life resident of the Akron area. He attended Akron Central High School and would have graduated in 1944, but was drafted in July of 1943. He served in Italy with the Army, Battery B 910th field artillery Custer Division. He received four Bronze Stars for his action in the campaigns, Rome-Arno, Rhineland, Northern Appenines, and Po Valley.
After the war he returned home to marry his childhood sweetheart, Betty Jane (Murray) Acker, on Feb. 27, 1946. They had 34 years together until her passing in 1980. He retired from Loral, formerly Goodyear Aerospace, with 30 years serv ice in 1988. He was an avid fisherman and loved sailing with his family. He was a member of the United States Power Squad ron and assisted with boating classes for the Akron chapter. He was skilled at woodworking and took pride in his craftsman ship. He raced in 1939 as the first of three generations to compete in the Akron Soap Box Derby. He was a proud Grandpa when his first grandchild made the All American in 1986. He loved to watch his grandchildren as they competed in sports and other events. He bowled for many years on the Goodyear Aerospace league at Belair Lanes and the mixed doubles with his wife at Eastgate Lanes. He greatly enjoyed his genealogy research trips with his son in Ohio and California. He was thrilled to meet his cousin, Walter Scott of California, who was lost to the family for over 50 years. He was a talented storyteller and never met anyone he didn't like. He enjoyed reading, gardening, and experimenting with recipes. He was a gifted photographer and passed this and other skills to members of his family.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty Jane (Murray); his parents, Gerald and Ruby; and his stepmother, Ger trude. He is survived by brothers, Robert (June) of Akron, David of Cuyahoga Falls; son, Richard H. (Rosemary) of Copley; daughter, Christine Davey of Bellevue, Ohio; four grand children, and one great-grand son. He will be deeply missed.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at 10 a.m., at Hummel Funeral Home (Copley Chapel). Inter ment at Northlawn Cemetery, where Copley V.F.W. Posts 473 and 7971 will conduct military services. Friends may call at Hummel Funeral Home, 3475 Copley Rd., TODAY from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Hearts and Paws Rescue and Pet Adoption. P.O. Box 313, Canal Fulton, Ohio 44614.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on July 20, 2004