Ronald P. Akialis, Sr.
June 18, 1935 ‒ March 30, 2009
LEXINGTON~ For five decades Ronald P. Akialis, Sr. took a club and hit white dimpled balls down fairways and up greens. Golf was more than a game to Ron, it was relaxation and exercise, all with a twist of physics. His 50 years of golfing was recently rewarded when he shot a hole-in-one at the Galion Country Club.
Ron and his wife Carol were finishing a winter trip to The Villages in central Florida, where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. He was 73.
The Villages had been a favored winter retreat for the past ten years ~ warm winter weather and activities like golf! ~ but too far away from family to make it a year-round home.
Born June 18, 1935 in Newark, New Jersey to Michael and Anela (Demskis) Akialis, Ron was graduated from East Side High School in Newark in 1953.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University, was active in Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Alpha-Eta Chapter, and played basketball for Rutgers.
On Oct 14, 1961 he married Carol A. (Reardon) Akialis, and began his career at the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics. They lived in Middletown, NJ until 1971, when Ron moved his young family “way out west” to Ohio to accept a position as manager of manufacturing services with Koehring in Mount Gilead.
Ron was instrumental in the group of employees who joined together to purchase the hydraulic press manufacturing firm, saving the industrial base local jobs. HPM was born, and Ron stayed with the company, promoted as vice-president of manufacturing, until his retirement in 1997. For years he served on the board of directors of HPM.
He had maintained a boat on the Clear Fork for many years, and enjoyed sailing. But when not on the lake or links, Ron was in a book. Light summer novels were not to his liking, he much preferred keeping his mind sharp with tomes and texts on physics and nuclear fission …proving you can take the man away from the engineers, but you can’t take the engineer out of the man.
A former member of Lexington Kiwanis Club, Ron had shown Carol the world. Together they traveled to the Great Wall of China, toured Australia, and cruised the great rivers of Europe.
All of the world’s sites could not compete for his attention with five natural wonders: his grandchildren. Ron dearly loved his family, took such good care of his family, and championed their every achievement.
In addition to his wife Carol, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Ron P., Jr. & Paula Akialis of Buffalo Grove, IL, daughters and sons-in-law Carolyn & Bill Stoker of Lexington and Mary & Day McDowell of Fayetteville, AR; his grandchildren Brian Akialis, Kristen Akialis, Andrew Stoker, Jennifer Stoker and Oliver McDowell; sister-in-law Mary Ann LaFleur of West Hartford, CT, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Denis & Pat Reardon of Windsor, CT; and nieces and nephews.
His parents, and a brother Michael are deceased.
The Akialis Family will receive friends on Friday, April 3, 2009 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Lexington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions to The American Diabetes Association. They may be made at the funeral home.
For those unable to attend, condolences may be made to the Akialis Family online by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com