John D. (Jack) Akers died May 19, 2020, aged 98 years, at the Pines in Davidson. His passing was peaceful.
Jack had a long and full life. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression to help his family, and later the U.S. Army Air Force to help his country. Trained as a pilot, Jack “flew the hump” between India and China during World War II, logging many missions. He was shot down over China and reported missing, but he managed to walk out of the jungle after bailing out, aided by Chinese forces. His skill and bravery were recognized by the awards of an Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After the war, Jack used the G.I. Bill to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree from St. Louis University. He worked as a public defender and in private practice before becoming an executive with Standard Oil of Ohio. During his retirement at the Pines, he audited courses at Davidson College and volunteered for various duties with the College’s Athletic Department.
An avid reader and gardener, Jack was an exceptionally affectionate, kind and supportive son, husband, father and grandfather. He was proceeded in death by his parents (John D. and Jesse Pearl Akers), and by his wife of 66 years, Louise W. Akers.
Survivors are his son and daughter-in-law (Stephen and Gertrude Akers) of Dedham, MA., and his grand-daughters, Gertrude S. and Louise W. Akers, both of New York, NY.
He will be interred at Salisbury National Cemetery with his wife, Louise.
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