A memorial service for John R. Ackerman, age 71, will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:30 A. M. at the Princeton, Idaho Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Larry Veith will officiate at the service. Mr. Ackerman passed away Monday morning March 5th at his Princeton, Idaho home.
John Raymond Ackerman was born at Ritzville, WA on April 18, 1946 to Robert and Edna (Chouinard) Ackerman. He was raised in Viola, ID and attended schools in Moscow, ID. Following his schooling, John worked for Chateau Outfitters as a packer for big game hunters for five years. He then worked for Bendle Meat Packing for the next few years. John also worked as a grounds keeper at W.S.U. for 1 year.
John married Darlene Boller on June 17, 1972 at Moscow, Idaho. The couple made their home in Potlatch, ID. John was employed by Bennett Lumber Company in Princeton. John and Darlene moved to Princeton in in 1986, and John continued to work at Bennett’s Mill. He worked as a millwright, worked on the resaw, and later on the debarker. He retired from the mill in 2008 after 37 years.
He was a former member of the Cayuse Kids Saddle Club and the Silver Spurs Ramunda. He enjoyed riding horses, snowmobiling, hunting, boating and fishing. He enjoyed watching his granddaughters Brianna and Callie play various sports, especially basketball. In his later years, he enjoyed cheering for the Gonzaga Bulldogs. John also spent his summers traveling with his family to watch his son and granddaughters compete at O-mok-see’s.
Survivors include his wife Darlene at the Princeton home; one son Sheldon (Shirley) Ackerman of Princeton; daughter Suzy Ackerman of Potlatch, 2 granddaughters, Brianna and Callie Ackerman of Princeton; Mother-in-law Pauline Boller, and foster mother Mary ‘Dolly’ Tarbox both of Potlatch. He is also survived by one brother, Billy Van Ackerman of Oroville, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Purnell Ackerman, Vern Ackerman, and Lonnie Ackerman; father-in-law John Allen Boller, and foster father Ray Tarbox.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Potlatch Ambulance Fund, PO Box 63, Potlatch, ID, 83855.
Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, WA is handling the arrangements. You are invited to leave online condolences and order flowers for the family at www.kramercares.com.