Dewey B. Akers
November 11, 1937 ‒ May 12, 2019
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.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com