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James R. Ackerman

1/31/1928 - 6/10/2018

EAST PEORIA ~ James Robert “Doc” Ackerman, 90, of East Peoria, passed away at 5:35 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington.

Born January 31, 1928 in Fox, Arkansas to Joseph and Effie (Branscum) Ackerman, he married Charlotte Ellen May on August 14, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Ackerman of East Peoria; three children, Donald (Rhelda) Ackerman of Kansas, Shirley (Bruce) Miller of Salem, Arkansas, and Paul (Jeanie) Ackerman of Indiana; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ola Mae Cercoply of Lexington, South Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three grandsons; five brothers, Lonnie Ackerman, Lona Ackerman, Jack Ackerman, John Ackerman, and William Ackerman; and one sister, Velma Hawkins.

He was a United States Army Air Force veteran of World War II.

Jim worked for Standard Brands in Pekin and later for Leaf Candy Company in Chicago for many years, retiring in 1990.

Jim enjoyed fishing with his brothers and Charlotte, taking great pride in his garden, drives with Charlotte and getting a strawberry milk shake at Steak-n-shake.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Jimmy Taylor will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, where military rites will be accorded by the United States Air Force and Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL  61554.

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