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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Albert Raymond Akerman

  • Albert Raymond Akerman, 74, of Claremore, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 22, 2012, surrounded by family.


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  • Albert Raymond Akerman, 74, of Claremore, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 22, 2012, surrounded by family.
    Al was born May 18, 1937, in Ramondville, Texas, the fourth of nine children to Patrick Frank and Lucy Mae (Canfield) Akerman. As a child, his family moved to Shawnee where he attended elementary school at Sr. Benedict’s and graduated from high school at St. Gregory’s.
    After serving in the Air Force, he moved to Oklahoma City and started his career for Aero Commander as a mechanical engineer. He later worked for CMI as an NC Programmer. In 1991, he moved to Claremore and worked as a computer programmer for Centrilift until retiring.
    Al loved everything to do with airplanes and aviation. He took flying lessons. After acquiring his pilot’s license, he flew his family on many trips in his plane. After retirement, Al became involved in building and flying remote control airplanes and joined the Tulsa Glue Dobbers, where he met many good friends.
    Al is survived by his wife, Carol, of the home; his daughter Sharon Ragsdale and her husband, David, of Meeker; grandchildren, T.J. and Josh Elliott, Diane Moore and husband, Paul, of Ft. Worth, Texas, Tracy, Carrie, Aaron, Roy Maxwell and wife, Cindy, of Ft. Worth; great-granddaughter, Danielle; brothers and sister-in-law, Pat Jr. and Peggy Akerman of Edmond, Bob and Deloris Akerman of Chouteau, Charles and Julie Akerman of Shawnee, Jerry and Diana Akerman of Shawnee, Edward and Nina Akerman of McDonough, Ga.; sister, Dorothy, and brother-in-law, John Harmand, of Shawnee; sister-in-law, Judy Akerman of Shawnee; and lots of nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Lucy Mae Akerman, sister, Gloria Toner, brother, James D. Akerman, and granddaughter, Stephanie Maxwell.
    A memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, April 30, at Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Home, Claremore.
    A guestbook is available to share your memories online. Please visit www.mmsfuneralhomes.com.
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