Gordon Lewis Ackers, age 86, of Lehigh Tannery, White Haven passed away Wednesday morning December 18, 2019 at Smith Nursing Home in Mountaintop.
Born and raised in White Haven he was the son of the late Mary and Leo Ackers. He attended school in White Haven and upon graduating served his country during the Korean War in the US Navy as an aircraft engineer. Upon discharge, he worked for both Wilmot Engineering and Weatherly Casting, retiring in 1995.
On November 8, 1958 he married Beverly Sterner, they recently celebrated 61 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, son Gordy and his wife Doreen and daughter Cindy Derolf and her husband Dwight.
Without a doubt, the highlight of his life was when he became a grandfather. He is survived by the 3 people who were considered the center of his universe, his grandchildren; Jake Derolf of Pasadena, MD and his companion Danielle Berman, Chandler Ackers of Springfield, NJ and her companion Briley Marchetti and Hannah Ackers a senior at Michigan State University.
Being a skilled carpenter, he passed his craft on to his son, Gordy, and grandson, Jake, both of whom achieved their skill level through guidance from his patience and knowledge. He was also the best cheerleader for granddaughters, Chandler & Hannah, throughout their field hockey careers and attended every high school game and never missed a single Big 10 college broadcast.
In addition to his wife and children he is survived by his 3 sisters; Leona Ackers and Elaine Smith, both of White Haven, Mary Alice Quinn, Torrington, CT. He was preceded in death by brothers Leo and Daniel Ackers, Sister Dorothy Herberner, brother – in law Donald Smith, nephew Stephen Quinn and niece Barbie Herbener. He is survived by 11 nieces & nephews. In addition to his family, Gordy is survived by his granddogs; Lola, Mia, Nelli, Pippy & Lenny, whom he loved dearly.
A lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of White Haven, the family asks that you come to pay your respects on Friday, January 3, 2020 beginning at 9AM with a service to follow at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, the family greatly appreciates your consideration of a monetary donation in his memory to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 418 Berwick Street, White Haven, PA. 18661
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