Dr. Henry E. Akers

October 05, 1934 ‒ April 28, 2021

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Dr. Henry E. Akers, age 86, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 28,2021. Born October 5, 1934 in Kermit, West Virginia, Dr. Akers was the son of Goebel Preston Akers and Ruth Eloise (Nichols) Akers. After several moves, his family settled in Williamsport, OH where he grew up and attended Deer Creek Township High School.

Dr. Akers attended The Ohio State University, and graduated from The Ohio State School of Veterinary Medicine in 1959.Upon graduation, he moved to Mansfield and worked for Dr. Benjamin Henson, before opening his own practice. He pursued his passion of veterinary medicine for over 60 years, with a mixed practice of large and small animals and particular skills in many types of orthopedic and other specialized surgeries. Dr. Akers was a member of the Richland County Veterinary Medical Association, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He served for several years on the Admissions Board of The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He also volunteered for over 20 years as the Fair Veterinarian of the Richland County Fair.

For 18 years, Dr. Akers led annual mission trips to the town of Fort Liberte, Haiti. Along with fellow church members and veterinarians, the work group built a church, a school, and several out-buildings for the community over the years. They also provided medical care, glasses, and other supplies to the small town. He also went on working mission trips to the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Indian Tribe in South Dakota, and to Kenya, Africa.

An accomplished woodworker, marksman, and gardener, Henry’s skills and experiences were numerous. Some of his favorite times were the many cross-country motorcycle trips he took with his son, John. They ventured to various landmarks and national parks across the country, and he equally enjoyed recounting the trips to friends and clients in his office. He also enjoyed spending time with his three granddaughters, and taking them on Ranger rides through the woods at their farm.

Dr. Akers married Mary Elizabeth (Glessner) Akers on June 25, 1966 at Park Avenue Baptist Church, and she survives. He also is survived by his three children, Dr. Jody Akers (Mark) Hershner of Mansfield, Kristi (David) Johnston of Tiffin, and John (Ann) Akers of Mansfield, three granddaughters, Whitney, Brooke, and Elise Johnston of Tiffin, brother Frank Akers of Laurelville, brother-in-law David Crawford of Circleville, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Dolores (Akers) Crawford of Circleville.

The Akers family will receive guests Friday, May 7, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home They request guests observe social distancing and mask requirements due to Covid-19. A funeral service honoring the life of Henry E. Akers will be held Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in Mosaic, 296 Park Avenue West, with Pastor Tony Pingitore officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions to Mosaic may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Akers family. Share a message of support with them online – and watch Henry’s tribute video – at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • Dear Mary, Jody and all the family.
    Though we have not had much contact over the years Henry was a significant reason for never-ending Thanksgiving in our lives. His vision and encouragement took my husband and me to Pine Ridge and provided the opportunity to create our family. We are, and ever will be, thankful for Henry’s enthusiasm for a life well lived and service to his Lord and His children.
    Blessed are they that die in the Lord, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow after them. (Rev. 14:13)
    Much love,
    Cheri Weaver and family.

  • Dr. Jody, you are an amazing veterinarian, and I’m sure your father was instrumental in making you the wonderful person and skilled professional that you are today. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • Doc,
    Until we meet again in Heaven, I want to thank you for taking such good care of my animals over the years. Thank you for sharing your faith with others in word and deed. Our Lord has your eternal home prepared for you.

  • Absolutely no words, can Express the loss that is here. I’m not a family member,..but I was absolutely treated as one, I wasn’t even a close aquantive, but I was treated as one. The kind of man that he was, cannot be replced. My heart goes out to the family and friends that were blessed to be those things.prayers and hugs

  • Dear Akers family,
    Henry was a great friend,colleague,teacher and brother in Christ. Will be missed! If it wasn’t for his Christian endeavors I wouldn’t have the dad and mom that Christ gave me. He was one of my inspirations to become the veterinarian that I am today. Was always encouraging me to try new techniques. I’m sure Richard is greeting him at the gate. God has called a great Christian man home.He will always be in my thoughts !

  • So sorry for the loss of your dear one. Reading the obituary I could see the love and memories he has left with his family. Such a priceless thing to have. God bless all of you. Sincerely Roy & Gayle Bowling

  • Jody and family. Sorry to hear of Henry’s passing he was always such a friendly guy to talk to at the motorcycle shopwhen he would stop by. He was also very thoughtful to my parents as both a colleague and a friend. My father didn’t have much good to say about many colleagues but always spoke highly of Henry. Hope things are well for you and your family. Jeff Miller and family.

  • Our condolences to Dr. Jody & family! We always enjoyed talking to Dr. Akers in the office. Prayers being said for the entire Akers family!

  • I missed not being there today to be your husband/dads Caregiver. I’m very thankful God allowed me to be a part of your lives. My life has been enriched by Dr. Akers or as he teased me for calling him ( Mr. Henry) and his precious family. God bless you in the days, weeks, months and years to come with His special grace, as you learn to adjust to life without out your loved one for a season. Heaven is a place to reunite. I missed you today too Mary. Love, Loretta

  • Mary and Jody – i’m sending you hugs and wishes for peace and comfort as you come to grips with that missing man. Henry was my North star for more than 50 years – he took wonderful care of the pondhouse animals and counseled me when i failed to manage my life well. his woodworking puzzles and stories of missions were always ways for him to pass on a good word or lighter moment when the going got tough. I will never forget him, or you for sharing him with us all. Jerry and I loved him dearly.

  • My heart goes out to the family of Dr Akers. I know he will be missed by everyone who knew him. I will be forever grateful for all the rescued angels he helped with his vast knowledge and skill. I so enjoyed meeting Dr Akers and chatting about dogs, vetting procedures, motorcycles, woodworking and Isreal. A life lived well, job well done Dr Akers. You left a lasting mark on this world.

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss. Dr. Henry was great. I only knew him through my many visits with sick cats through the years. He always took out his phone and would show me pictures of his grandchildren. He was so proud of them and his family. Truly a family man and loved all animals. Prayers to all family and friends.

  • For very sorry for your loss when I was a kid he treat my dog,now doctor Jody treat’s my son dog I am sure he very proud she carrying on his legacy rest in peace

  • Sorry for your loss. I was 5 years old when we started bring our cats and dogs to him. Excellent veterinarian. He will be missed.

  • Adrian Achtermann
    Henry and I were roommates with 18 other freshmen in the Ohio State Stadium
    Dorm – Scioto 2N for two years. 1952-53 and 1953-54. He and I connected very quickly
    and had a good relationship for those two years. In reading his history didn’t
    surprise me. Both of us put a lot of life in each day – seemingly knowing that
    we both knew that we were getting prepared for a very productive life.
    My condolences for all members of his family. Be sad for his absence, but
    bless all the good blessings that he shared with each of you and his friends.

    • He talked often about living in the stadium, and was even telling my youngest daughter about the antics there just a couple of weeks ago. Thank you for sharing here. -Kristi

  • To the Akers family; May you find rich solitude in your memories of a wonderful father and husband. May the Lord bless you at this time of your sorrow. May the Lord bless you with comfort and peace at this time. Alice Graves

  • Dear Jody and family! We are very sorry for the loss of your dad. He had been our vet for over 35 years and always treated all of our fur babies like they were his own. We never left the office without talking about our beloved Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a great person and will be missed. Jody, you are definitely doing a great job carrying on his legacy!

  • Mary and Family,
    Bob and I are deeply saddened by your loss. We have fond memories of Henry working on school projects together and watching our children grow from kids to adults. We send condolences and will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Most sincerely,

    Bob and Kathy Mohl

  • To the Akers family,

    Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you all find comfort and peace in your memories of those wonderful family moments. You’ll always have those.

    Jack and Pat Taylor

  • Sorry to hear of Dr. Akers passing. He was a good friend and colleague to my father, the late Dr. Richard Miller, for many years. I know he always thought highly of Henry. Dr. Akers was always someone I admired for his work for others beyond his practice. When I first started out in college in pre-veterinary medicine, he was one of the veterinarians that I wanted to model myself after. He was an exemplary human being.

  • I first met Dr. Henry as a young girl over 50 some years ago. Every time my mom would take our animals there, he always had a Scripture quiz for me to find. I would tell him the answer on the next visit or call him and tell him my answer. He always intrigued me with his wisdom of animals. I would catch glimpses of him when I would take one of my kitties to hid Daughter, Dr. Jody. We would make small talk, and my day was always a bit brighter when I left. Thank you for your contributions to our community, and the mission work in other countries! THANK YOU!

  • Dear Jody, Mark, Mary, et al —

    What a sad loss you are experiencing. He was a most remarkable man — a real character, a oner, unique. Not only will you miss him terribly, I am sure, but also the myriad people whose lives he touched and enriched, including me. I wish you only the best memories of him as you deal with this difficult time. You have my very deepest sympathies.

  • Dr. Jody and Family, We and I loved your dad and you and enjoyed looking at no.9 in the office as my mom Barb Wadley loved donkeys. Thank you and GOD BLESS and will miss your dad WE send our love and sympathy Steve and Diana Wadley GOD BLESS

  • Jody, family, & staff at Akers Veterinary,

    Our sincere condolences and prayers to all of you. We always enjoyed talking to Doc whenever we were in. He was always pleasant with us and enjoyed the chit chat. He was so compassionate when our Zeus died several years back, and we have never forgotten that!

  • Jody and Family,
    I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • My heart goes out to the family. Loss of such a caring and giving man has to be painful. I will be forever grateful for the wonderful care and compassion he had for myself and my fur babies.Rest in peace Dr Henry

  • My prayers are with the Aker family. I grew up knowing Doc and his family. My Dad and he were best buddies and now they will be together again. Doc was a wonderful person and will be missed.

    • They certainly were, Sandy. He absolutely thought the world of Fred. That has been a happy reunion I’m sure.

  • dr akers was such a figure in my life during 4h times. he was always helping many volunteers at the fair. i will always remember he kindness and support he will be missed by all.

  • Mary and family, we extend to you our deepest sympathy and prayers that God will cover you with the comfort that comes only from heaven above. May you rest in knowing that he is at peace in the arms of Jesus, and rejoicing with all who have gone on before. Our prayers are with you.

  • Mrs. Akers and Family,
    The Whitten Family(Williamsport,Ohio)extend our deepest sympathy and condolence. Henry was a great friend of my father Glenn Whitten Jr. (deceased in 1989). Dad spoke very highly of his hunting and outdoor friend! May God Bless and Comfort each of you.
    Michael A. Whitten
    Circleville, Ohio

  • Dear Mary, Jody, Kristi & John, My heart goes out to all of you. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Doc Akers took care of all my cats from the time I got my 1st cat when I was a teenager then Dr. Jody took over the care my pets, cats & dogs both later on & I have never been treated so wonderfully & had such great care for my pets. The compassion when I lost a pet was so kind. Thank you Doc Henry ,may you rest in peace & may we all meet again with our LORD. GOD bless you & may our LORD watch over all of your family in this time of mourning. Love & condolences to all of you. Sincerely Susan and Greg Spayde & family🙏💜

  • the visits and photos and words of wisdom, now beacons forever traversing the soupy murky fog of countless years. thank yous from the frozen lips of those pained thousands, …….. forever generating. …… the towering humanity of it all. thank you, dr. akers

  • Dr. Jody and family,
    My condolences in the loss of your father. The world was a better place because of men like Dr. Henry. He will be missed.
    Sharon Johnson, and parents Lee and Edith

  • Mary, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Although I did not know Dr. Akers personally, during my time teaching with you at SHS, I learned that your family had a deep love of knowledge and a compassion for animals. Please accept my deepest condolences. Anita Ream

  • Jody and family, Our sincere sympathy to you all. Wanted to tell you what a loving legacy your father left your family and the community. We remember his quiet manner and sharing conversations. With our loving sympathy, Les and Kathy Jones and family

  • Dear Mary,
    So sorry for your loss. I still remember your dedication to your family and your students. I really enjoyed working with you.
    Steve Rhodes

    • Thank you so much, Steve, for your kind words.
      I have so many fond memories of working for you those years in Shelby. I so enjoyed it there.

  • We are sad to hear of Dr. Henry’s passing. He provided care for our pets for over 40 years, which we appreciated. He was always asking about our family as well. We are so happy that Dr. Jodie is there, and was helped us when Dr. Henry was no longer available. It was wonderful to see him remaining in the office as long as he was able.
    Beverly and Chuck

  • Dr. Jody & family,
    Our deepest condolences to you in the passing of Dr. Henry. We didn’t know him personally but saw him many times in the office when bringing our various fur-kids to Dr. Jody. However, we have heard many wonderful things about him from friends & neighbors that knew him. What a caring, loving individual. He will be greatly missed.
    May you find comfort and peace in the memories so many are sharing! He touched so many lives. God bless you all.
    Chris & Greg Allen

  • I am sorry for your loss. Dr. Akers has taken such good care of all of our puppies through the years. So caring…he had a true passion and provided the best care for all those fur babies. Rest in peace. Prayers for Jody and family.

  • Dear Family of Henry Akers,

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of loss. Henry was truly a caregiver of the animal kingdom. Many people will remember him fondly. We pray that the loving arms of the heavenly Father will be around all of you. Your memories and love will sustain you .

    Dr. Robert and Nancy Snyder

  • To Mary his wife and your children, it’s a sad time as we do not like losing anyone especially dad!
    Dr Henry was our veterinarian for 25 years, for Rosie dog and many cats. I retired, but he once told me retirement wasn’t for him. I can see why as he had many skills and talents and a loving, supportive family.
    I once asked, “what’s a life worth?”
    Answer: “It’s worth remembering!”
    So, go forth with each remembering him in your own way.
    Bob Cassity

  • Deae Jody and family,
    You have my deepest sympathies. Your father was a good man, veterinarian and example to many. He will be missed by so many of us.

    Dr Steve Hartz

  • Dear Family of Henry Akers,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of loss. I don’t recall when I first met Henry, but I remember when my 8 wk old Keelo separated the growth plate of his femur and Henry pinned it.
    Keelos’ knee grew stronger over the years and so did my respect for Henry. I always thought of him as a great man. It seems that only scratched the surface.
    Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Ken & Michele

  • It is with great sadness that we are writing this to all of you. Working almost 10 years with Henry taught me so very much. We know you will have a very large presence missing in your lives that can not be filled.

  • Jody and family
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We attended church at Diamond Hills Baptist, in our teens. I always loved hanging out at your house, your parents were the best. Your Dad got me to try my first fried green tomatoes. He was an amazing man. I drive by their house and always think of your Dad and Mom. His eyes always seemed to sparkle.

    Thank you Dr Akers and family for many wonderful memories.

  • Condolences to Mary , Jody ,Kristi , John and the rest of the family . Y0u will always be in my prayers anf thoughts .
    Henfy’s old friend

  • We are Joy Keoppel’s nephew Greg sending our deep sympathies to all of Dr Akers family. Just took a few minutes to read these dear comments and respects, how precious are the memories of the dear departed. How unique we didn’t know the Akers and Keoppel’s had similiar missionary connections in South Dakota, & Haiti. The Lord knows the ways we are to take, and when our earthly journey is finished the Heavenly experience has just begun. May the rich life of your loved Father be a daily reflection of what Christ can do in a heart, a home, and the life of a Soldier of the Cross Dr. Henry Akers.

  • Many fond Memories since 1969 as a ambryo DVM’ Many pleasant drems where you are headed. Hope to see you there in the future