John Ackerman, 92, of Linton
John was born June 11, 1920, on a farm near Temvik, the son of David and Rosina (Wohl) Ackerman. He attended school in Linton where he graduated from high school. He attended Valley City State Teacher College. He taught school for a short time before entering the U.S. Army. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946.
John married Esther Haid on June 1, 1948, at Peace Lutheran Church. They lived in Linton, Edgemont, S.D., and Lansing, Mich., for a short time. John and Esther returned to Linton where John owned and operated JJ Ackerman Trucking for several years. He also worked at the Linton Public School as a custodian and drove school bus until he retired at the age of 87.
John enjoyed attending Legion and VFW functions and playing cards. He was a member of the LintonAmerican Legion and the Strasburg VFW, where he served the local and state levels. He was also a member of Peace Lutheran Church, where he and Esther were custodians for many years. As a WW II Veteran, John was humbled to be able to be a part of the Honor Flight for Veterans to Washington, DC. He was very proud of this and always referred to how he was “Treated Like a King.”
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Joyce Ackerman, Mapleton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Don Williams, Pueblo, Colo., and Sheri and Parrell Grossman, Bismarck; nine grandchildren, Cody, Jai, Dusty, Jon, Jayla, Josh, Jaden, Jared and Tiffany; four great-grandchildren, Ashley, Brady and AustinAckerman and Jaileen Williams; two sisters-in-law, Viola Ackerman, Bismarck, and Violet Ohlhauser, Linton; a sister, Esther Job, Bismarck, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2007; a brother, Theophil Ackerman, and two sisters, Alma Trautman and Irene Will.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Peace Lutheran Church, Linton, with the Rev. Adam Roberts officiating. Organist was Marilyn Malmedal. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Special music by nieces, Pam, Holly and Heidi and cousin, Bonnie Lee.
Casketbearers were grandchildren, Jai Williams, Jon Ackerman, Jaden Grossman, Cody Williams, Jared Ackerman, Tiffany Grossman, Dusty Williams, Josh Ackerman and Jayla Grossman.
Honorary casketbearers were Melvin Wohl and nieces and nephews.
Burial was in the Linton Cemetery, Linton.
Military rites were provided by the LintonAmerican Legion and Strasburg VFW.
Please visit www.myersfh.com to sign the online guestbook and share memories of John with his family.