Ronald R. Akers, 73

CASCO — Ronald Roger Akers, 73, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Casco on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

He was born in Augusta on Sept. 17, 1940.

Ron attended Admiral Farragut Military Academy for two years in Toms River, N.J. then went on to graduate from Fryeburg Academy, Class of 1960. He then enlisted in the Navy, serving on the USS Sierra AD-18 from 1960-62. He was proud to have been involved in the Project Mercury Recovery Mission of astronaut Lt. Col. John Glenn Jr.

Ron joined the family business, Akers & Chrysler, now Pineland Carpets, in 1962 in Auburn. He served as president and co-owner with his brother, Clifford M. Akers, Jr. Ron remained active in his business, semi-retiring in 2011.

He was a Mason and active member of the Tranquil Lodge #29 in Auburn, Portland-St. Albans Commandery and Kora Temple Shrine in Lewiston. Most recently, he became a member of the American Legion Post 0215. For 12 years, he was a member of the Kora Shrine Cycle Corp, performing in parades around the state raising funds to support the Shriners Hospital for Children.

He enjoyed taking his boat out on Crescent Lake, camping in his RV with family and friends, especially Fryeburg Fair and “upta” camp in Rangeley. He took pride in maintaining his property on Crescent Lake, where he always welcomed family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Clifford M. Akers Sr. and Carmen R. Akers of Casco.

Surviving are his wife, Pamela E. Pearson-Akers of Casco; two sons, Davian Jon Akers of Portland and Ronald R. Akers II, of Derry, N.H.; a granddaughter; his brother, Clifford M. Akers Jr. of Newry; as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Casco Fire/Rescue Unit, P.O. Box 60, Casco, ME 04015. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home, Casco.

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