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Robert Ackley

May 16, 1929 — October 4, 2016

Robert G. Ackley, 87, of East Liberty, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at his residence with his family by his side. Born May 16, 1929 in East Liberty, he was the son the late Halley and Blanche (LeVan) Ackley. On December 10, 1955 in Prospect, he married his wife of 60 years, Kathleen (Almendinger) Ackley and she survives in East Liberty. Also surviving are his children, Jay (Kristy) Ackley of East Liberty and Janice (Brian) Atterholt of DeGraff; grandchildren, Kris and Kyle Ackley both of East Liberty, Dylan Atterholt of DeGraff and Paige Atterholt of Clyde; brothers and sisters, Dave (Phyliss) Ackley of West Liberty, Shirley Applegate of Marysville, Merle (Becky) Ackley of Zanesfield and Albert Ackley of Bellefontaine and numerous nieces and nephews. A graduate of Perry Zane High School, Bob served his country as a cook for the Top Brass in the United States Army from 1952-1955 during the Korean War. Upon returning from the service he started a career in farming and in 1962, he and Kathleen purchased the current farm they operate with their family to this day, now known as Ack-Lee Registered Holsteins. They started out with 20 heifers, added a milking setup and the farm currently milks 120 head of cattle. One of his prouder moments was owning his prize bull, "Ack-Lee Chief Money Maker" that he was able to prove and become part of the Select Sires Program in 1978. Since 1947, he enjoyed making maple syrup which he learned at the age of 17 and continued making the syrup to this day with the help of his family. A true gentleman and family man, everything involved his family, from working the farms, to spending time with his grandchildren, to his winter Wednesday night card games. He also enjoyed fishing, studying cow records and attending cow sales and cow shows. Bob was a member of the American Legion Post 0745. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, October 10, 2016 at Wilson Funeral Home-Schnurrenberger Chapel 222 W. Center St. West Mansfield. Reverend Kathy Reiff will officiate and burial will follow at the East Liberty Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Logan County Dairy Association for scholarships to area students. Condolences may be expressed to the family at Charitable donations may be made to: Logan County Dairy Association

Visitation Details

Sunday, October 9, 2016 6:00am - 9:00am

Sunday, October 9, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Service Information

Monday, October 10, 2016 11:00am

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