Dewey B. Akers

November 11, 1937 ‒ May 12, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Dewey B. Akers, age 81 of Delaware passed away at home Sunday, May 12, 2019.

He was born on November 11, 1937 in Lee Wood, West Virginia to the late Paskell and Jacelyn (Harlan) Akers. Dewey proudly served his Country in the US Navy following the Korean War. The son of a coal miner the hills of West Virginia forever remained dear to him.

Upon coming to Delaware he first worked with Sunray Stove for 3 years and retired after 20 plus years as a lead set-up man with Dennison Abex Corporation. Never with idle hands he was skilled and versed in the handling of all trades and tools. Whether it was clearing the land on his home farmstead or fixing a piece of equipment or a construction project, Dewey was a true jack of all trades.

An outdoorsman at heart, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, raising vegetables in his garden. During his younger years he enjoyed drag racing his Corvair, winning numerous trophies.  Dewey later enjoyed riding motorcycles, snowmobiles, and four wheelers. A dedicated hard worker, at times he was a wheeler and dealer, buying and trading numerous items. Over the years he renovated a number of homes before it became known as flipping.  He was also a fan of the Buckeyes, Western movies, and a good meal.

His life changed forever when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the Eastside Mission Church which was followed by him serving over 20 years as a church trustee and supporter.

Forever tender and warm hearted, he loved God and treasured time spent surrounded by his family and holiday events. He will forever hold a special place in the heart of those whom he loved, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his beloved wife and childhood sweetheart of 63 years Wanda (Wray), children: Donnie (Sherry) Akers of Delaware, Jeannette (John) Greathouse of Galena, Dewey Scott (Faith “Tink”) Akers of Delaware, 8 grandchildren: Krystal (Rob) Price, Lauren (Josh) Keeran, Matthew (Jocelyan) Akers, Justin Greathouse, Jessica (Alex) Clark, Greg (Sumer) Akers, Jeffery and Adam Akers, 15 great-grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, special nephew Steve Akers, brother Russell (Alice) Akers, sister Kay Adkins, brother-in-law Charles Cooper all of West Virginia.

Dewey was also preceded in death by his brother Ward Akers Jr. and sisters Frances Gallihugh, Sherry Cooper, sister-in-law Betty Akers, and brother-in-law Glenn Adkins.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Eastside Mission Church, 32 Joy Ave., Delaware, Ohio 43015, where his son Pastor Donnie Akers will officiate his serves 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Burial will follow in Marlborough Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.

His family would like to thank both hospice and the Veterans Administration for their help and assistance.

Memorial contributions can be made to Ohio Health Hospice, 1713 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Marion, Ohio 43302 or the Eastside Mission Church Building Fund.

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  • We are so sorry for your loss. I know Dewey touched John’s life in so many ways. John tells the “stories” of memories of growing up with the family. I can remember the first time I met Dewey through John…very nice , polite, and a sense of humor. He was a GREAT man and his legacy lives on through family. God bless you all.

  • Our hearts are broken for the passing of such a fine man. I will miss that silly grin he always had when he would go cruising by on the 4 wheeler as I came the drive. He truly touched so many peoples lives. Hugs, prayers and love to all of the family.

  • Many prayers for the family… Dewey was loved by many people, he will be sincerely missed. God Bless.

  • I am very proud to be the nephew of one of the kindness yet toughest men Ive ever had the privilege of meeting. As a young boy Dewey would come get me in my home State of West Virginia and bring me to Deleware in the summer just to hang out. We mowed grass, fished in his pond, ran around town and joked a lot. His jokes we’re second to none. Over the last year or two I made some trips to visit him and never once did I hear him complain. He was very sick that winter day and he looked me right in the eyes and said,”Chad, I’ll be down to WV to ride four-wheelers on Memorial Day weekend.” “There ain’t nothing gonna stop me either!” Well, guess who we were riding the back roads of WV with on Memorial Day Weekend of 2018? Dewey Akers and I am so thankful we got to do that together.
    Dewey left us with memories and wisdom that none of us will ever forget and until we see that bright smile of his again,we have those memories to cherish.
    I Love and Will Always Miss You Uncle Dewey!