IN MEMORIAM: Laborers Local 110’s Gerald “Jerry” Akers

Gerald “Jerry” Akers, a Laborers Local 110 retiree, died after a two-year battle with lung cancer on April 11, 2022, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Salem, Mo., at age 75.

Brother Akers grew up in Old Town Allenton, Mo., and graduated from Eureka High School. At 17, he entered the U.S. Army and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge. He began his career in the construction field in 1968 and took great pride in his work until his retirement.

In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He liked playing online poker and loved classic cars and attending car shows. Most important to him was being “Pa” and making memories with his granddaughter, Jadelyn.

Brother Akers had a big heart and contagious smile. His faith in God was evident in his concern for others. He was an active member of Dry Fork Baptist Church and served as a Deacon. He leaves behind a great legacy for his family and will be forever missed by those who loved him most.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pat Akers, of Salem; two children, Jessica and Josh Akers, of Salem; three sisters, Erma Cooper, of Pacific, Mo., Dixie Otteson, of Texas, and Joan (Jim) Bourn, of Texas; one brother: Larry (Ruth) Akers, of DeSoto, Mo.; brother-in-law: Sam Hodges and wife Janet, of Salem; granddaughter, Jadelyn Woolf; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Edna Akers, and eight siblings.

Graveside services were held April 14 at Jadwin Cemetery in Salem. Memorial Contributions may be made in Brother Akers’ memory to the American Cancer Society and left at Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

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