Harry "Sonny" Ackeret Jr., 78, Seymour, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.
Mr. Ackeret received a Silver Star for his bravery in the Korean War. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 where he held several offices and did a lot of volunteer work. He was also a member of American Legion Post 89 and Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a former grand marshal of the VJ Day Parade. He was retired from Silgan Industry in Seymour. He loved hunting, fishing and working with horses.
He enjoyed playing the harmonica and mandolin. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Born July 4, 1933, in Seymour, he was the son of Harry Sr. and Myrtle Russell Ackeret. He married Geraldine Y. Jackson on Aug. 25, 1956, in Jennings County.
Survivors include his children, Kathy Burton, Valerie Brown and Brian (Sheila) Ackeret; grandchildren, Jason (Mary) Lange, Tennille (Ryan) Chandler, Leonard Burton, Sheena Burton, Chris Ackeret, Jimmy Brown, Brady Ackeret and Bradly Evans; siblings, Curtis (Janet) Ziegler, Byron (Marcia) Merrick, Ricky (Brenda) Collins, John Ackeret, Eddie Ackeret, Russell (Susan) Ackeret and Scott (Betsy) Ackeret; his great-grandchildren, Lillian and Locklyn Lange, Myles and Addison Chandler and Jenna Ackeret; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Y. Ackeret, and a sister, Sherry Houser.
The Rev. Ralph Blomenberg will conduct funeral services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Voss Chapel, Seymour.
Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from noon until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran School, Vista Care Hospice or donor's choice of charity.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home's website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.
Published in Tribune from June 2 to June 6, 2012