CARIBOU - John William Akerson, 83, passed away peacefully with family at his side on June 28, 2015 at Caribou. He was born and raised in Perham, and attended school in Perham.
John didn't finish high school before he went to work full time at the family farm where his education continued with lessons of hard work and responsibility. John was always his own boss and his career took him from Farmer to Woodsmen to Landlord. He was a wonderful father who along with his first wife Corilie (Jandreau) Akerson raised seven children with principles, inner strength and deep faith and trying their best to be good parents and compassionate individuals. His grandchildren were one of the greatest joys of his life and they would look at him with the same love and adoration. He was so easy to adore and make you feel blessed to be part of his life. He has given his family the gifts of undying love and support which they are most grateful. With his wife Elaine as his crutch he found strength as his health failed and personal struggles grew. John was loved by those who were lucky enough to be part of his life. He was a kind man with a generous spirit and was never too busy to talk to anyone or provide sage advice. He would always encourage others to live a better life and truly left the world a better place then he found it. He was a man of strong faith and morale character with a quick wit, great sense of humor and was admired by many for his wisdom and advice. He enriched the lives of all who knew him and his best advice was always " Don't forget to say your Prayers."
He was a beloved husband to Elaine (Lafland). John was welcomed to heaven by his late wife Corilie. John was also predeceased by his brother Galen Akerson, sister Kathleen (Akerson) Gallagher and parents John O. and Mary Myrtle(Hughes) Akerson. He will be forever missed by his wife Elaine, his siblings Maxine (Akerson) Cote, Marilyn (Akerson) Olmstead, Natalie (Akerson) Riggs and Hugh Akerson and his wife Norma; his children Terry Akerson, Jeff Akerson and his wife Ann, Kevin Akerson, Donna (Akerson) Green and her husband John, Karen (Akerson) Crowley, Bonnie Akerson, and Julie (Akerson) Chicos and her husband Ken; grandchildren Janelle (Akerson) Hardy, Joshua Akerson, John Akerson, Emily Akerson, Kevin Crowley, Corilie Green, Owen Chicos and Wyatt Chicos; great grandchildren Lincoln and Liam Hardy; stepdaughter Paula Valencourt and her children Shauna and Jessica; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends may call at the Mockler Funeral Home 24 Reservoir Street Caribou 6-8 pm Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am Friday July 3, 2015 from the Parish of the Precious Blood, Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Following the service all are invited to a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at the parish center. Interment will be in the New Sweden Cemetery. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mr. Akerson may do so to the Caribou Nursing and Rehab Center Memorial fund.