Brian Akers
1969 - 2015
Brian Akers

Born: Jan. 26, 1969

Died: May 13, 2015

Brian Akers, age 46, passed away May 13, 2015. He was born January 26, 1969 in Champaign, to Everett and Nancy Akers. Brian grew up in Villa Grove, received a Bachelor's degree in Zoology, Botany, and Secondary Education with a Master's in Physical Science and a minor in Chemistry from Eastern Illinois.

He had an undeniable passion for teaching and lifelong learning that has made an impact on so many of his students and colleagues. He will be remembered for his love of music, cycling, painting, and his enormous sweet tooth. He was a good friend to many and will be dearly missed. Sweet dreams BA, "The Man."

Brian is survived by his daughter, Lauren Akers; his life partner, Aimee Harris, and her children, Sam and Nathan; and his brother, Ron (Jan) Akers.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There were no services held.

For those wishing to make a donation, memorials may be made in Brian's name to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at or to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation at

Arrangements were entrusted to Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

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Published by Northwest Herald on May 22, 2015.
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46 Entries
A year later and your missed so much friend.
May 13, 2016
We all still miss you. Love you so much BA
November 13, 2015
I miss you so much, you have no idea how loved you were.
June 27, 2015
I was fortunate to have known Brian. I will forever miss his bright smile and true concern for others' lives. He was a wonderful colleague...but more importantly an AMAZING friend.
Vicky Roberts
June 19, 2015
Jeff and Leah Michaels
June 6, 2015
May Gods loving care comfort and sustain your family in this most difficult time. Isaiah 49:13
June 5, 2015
Brian was a race teammate, good friend, great listener, very considerate, phenomenal athlete, and missed by many. In his honor I have arranged to have The Brian Akers 1 Hour Attempt at the Northbrook Bicycle Track on 8/1 or 8/8 and will continue each year. Such a great loss!
June 4, 2015
One of the best teachers I had at South. I have nothing but fond memories of him- even almost 20 years later. Deeply saddened about this news.

Class of '98
Tiffany K
May 30, 2015
Mr. Akers, you were one of The best science teacher I had the pleasure of having for a teacher. You and greeny shopping in Menard's was cool and fun and funny. You always put a smile on my face and I will never forget bio with you. And hearing your stories of your cycling life. How you would ride your bike from Woodstock to Crystal lake for work/school and putting your bike in the room. I remember you were so proud to show us your bike lol. I hope you are happy and full of life on the other side and I hope to see you soon. R.I.P. you wonderful science teacher!!!!! Keep on teachin!!!!
Nicole Gargano
May 27, 2015
Mr. Akers was a kind, diligent friend, for which no words can portray the magnitude of his presence as a teacher and his immense support for all of his students, friends, and family. Mr. Akers expressed in each day of school, as I, one of his students, recall, the smiling faculties of friendship and joy for his mission to bring his immense knowledge to others through his kinds words as an instructor.
Mr. Akers will be remembered for his caring nature and his dedication to many individuals throughout his career as a teacher, as not only the compassionate and loving instructor, who came smiling each day to the classroom, but as a friend that will be specially held in our hearts.
Mr. Akers, I wish you every blessing from my heart for your bright future, even if this future is in the safe and loving light of Heaven.
Emma Cieslik
May 26, 2015
I never had you as a teacher but I was so looking forward to being in your class next year. My brother had you for two years in high school and he's told me great things. I regret not having the privilege of knowing you. You will definitely be missed.
May 26, 2015
I can't believe this great teacher, coach, and mentor is gone. Mr.Akers was funny and fair. I am glad to have celebrated many great moments with this man. He played a major role in my development. Thank you Mr. Akers
Eric Koczab
May 25, 2015
Thank you so much for helping me through my struggles, I wish I could have been there for yours. You will always be a hero to me, I miss you very much. I hope I see you on the other side.
Brandy Johnson
May 25, 2015
R.I.P. Mr.Akers, you were a great teacher!!!!
May 25, 2015
Samantha Schaefer
May 25, 2015
Brian was an amazing next door neighbor, handy man, but most importantly a close friend to me and my boys. We spent endless hours talking, laughing, crying and supporting each other through good and bad times. He has left us with so many good memories and is missed tremendously. Rest in peace friend.
Lori, Drew, and Cody
May 25, 2015
Brian was one of my best friends. He was the hardest working, most generous person I knew. A friend like Brian only comes around once in a lifetime. I will remember him for his wicked sense of humor and raw athletic talent. We were on the same cycling team together and with little training, Brian could do amazing things on two wheels. I hope to see my friend again on the other side someday. Rest in Peace, Brian. You were a phenomenal human being, loved by many, who positively impacted countless individual lives.
Doug Peterson
May 23, 2015
Unfortunately I didn't know Mr.Akers, but after reading all of the amazing testimonies of kindness and overall positivity he brought into the world it is obvious what a legacy he is leaving behind. Sending positive vibes and warm energy to the family and friends that loved him.
May 23, 2015
My son really enjoyed Mr. Akers class. His class is what inspired him to go into biology. He will be missed.
May 23, 2015
Prayers during this hard time.
May 23, 2015
Im so sorry for your loss. My son took his class freshman year, wonderful teacher. My son speaks highly of him. Says he was the best teacher at south.
Gary E
May 23, 2015
Mr. Akers made science class fun, always found a way to make his class laugh. He had a tremendous positive impact on so many lives, may you rest in peace.
Evan F
May 23, 2015
RIP Coach...

JB -'99
J b
May 23, 2015
RIP Mr. Akers. You were an amazing teacher and so well liked by all of your students. CLS will never be the same. Future students have been cheated. I hope you have found the peace you were looking for. Praying for your family!!! CLS class of 96.
Tracie Austin-Lawson
May 23, 2015
Draw close to our Heavenly Father in prayer and remember that he cares for you and our dead loved ones; they are precious in his eyes. (Psalm 116:15) My deepest sympathies on your loss.
May 23, 2015
RIP Mr. Akers. You were a great teacher and will not be forgotten.
Kate P. Class of 2001
May 23, 2015
RIP Mr. Akers. You were an awesome teacher and a great guy. So sad to see you go. Class of 2001
Claire Garcia
May 23, 2015
Since learning of Scott's passing I have been reminiscing on all of the fond memories of him. I will always remember him being a stand up guy who would be do anything for a friend. His smile and personality lit up a room as soon as he entered. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family! Scott will truly be missed.
Kim Derby, Class of '87
May 23, 2015
Coach Akers was an awesome coach and a great teacher. I have many fond memories of him. He is missed and will be missed!
Brendan Denil
May 23, 2015
He was a great person to be around. Could always make someone laugh and was even a better teacher. He will be forever missed by all who new him, especially all of the many students he influenced throughout his teaching career.

Keegan-class of 2014-2015
Keegan Orzehoskie
May 22, 2015
I had the pleasure of having Mr. Akers as a teacher my sophomore year. He was energetic and made Biology fun. I'll always remember how he always wore this green striped shirt that reminded me of Steve from Blues Clues and all his amazing artwork throughout Crystal Lake South. My heart breaks for those closest to him.

Class of 2004
May 22, 2015
I was a student of his in '05-'06. Mr. Akers was a remarkable educator and I think of him often.
A. Morrison
May 22, 2015
Brian Akers was an amazing teacher. CLS has lost an amazing presence in its hallways. I hope all of his past students take the time to be an amazing person in someone else's life, like he was in ours. Class of '03
May 22, 2015
What a terrible tragedy. Condolences and prayers to his family and friends from a 99 grad
Sara B
May 22, 2015
Scotty, we had some good times growing up in Villa Grove. Always a smile and quick wit to go with it. We've all lost another that made such a difference for so many. My condolences to Scotts family and friends. I was lucky to go to school with Scott in Villa Grove with the rest of the class of 1987. My prayers for the Akers family and with a heavy heart, we have to say goodbye. You were one in a million in a million. I proud to be one that called you a friend. VG '87
Shayne Ghere
May 22, 2015
Shayne Ghere
May 22, 2015
He was an exceptional teacher. Prayers to his family during this time.
Stacey VanEnkevort
May 22, 2015
So sorry for your loss. He was an amazing teacher. Rip
Sabrina O
May 22, 2015
My heart is so heavy and Praying for the Akers family. He always had a smile on his face and was a good friend.
Polly Warner Ulrey, VG class of 87
May 22, 2015
Mr.Akers was a great man his sense of humor, sense of caring for others and passion for teaching is undeniably what made him a great man he will be forever missed
Nick Dudgeon
May 22, 2015
Mr. Akers impacted so many lives. Many future doctors, nurses, scientists, pharmacists and much more went through his class. He not only instilled a passion for science and learning, but literally a passion for life through biology. Mr. Akers not only gave us students the tools to achieve high scores on the AP test, but also the knowledge and understanding of biology. I wish I could have thanked you for where I am today academically and personally. Rest in peace sir. You will never be forgotten, and you will live on through the countless students that you impacted..
Bill '13
May 22, 2015
I went to school with Scott in Villa Grove. He was such a wonderful and caring person! He had a smile that lit up the room! I will never forget him! he was a true friend to everyone! To the family...I am so very sorry for your loss. keeping you in my prayers. Rest in peace, sweet friend...
Micelle LeMere-Albin
May 22, 2015
I send my deepest sympathies. What has helped me cope with death the of a loved one is reading Romans 15:33.
May 22, 2015
I am very sorry for the loss of Mr Akers. It is an even bigger loss to those who didn't get the chance to have been taught by him. I wish he could have weathered the storm.
-Mandy class of 1999
Mandy Poupko
May 22, 2015
To the family of Biran Akers. My heart breaks for those who loved him and knew him. Although I did not ever meet this man, I can empathize with your loss and I send well wishes and will hope peace comes to you all. Healing will take time. I am embracing your family and encourage you to get support to help with this tragic loss. Peace be with all of you now and forever.
Sarah Schrempf
May 22, 2015
I am very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort. My heartfelt condolences to the family during this time of sorrow. (1Corinthains 15:26) (Isaiah 61:1,2) Please find peace in knowing that He understands your grief and He cares. 1 Peter 5:6,
May 22, 2015