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James R. Ackley | 81

April 10, 1940 - October 27, 2021

James R. Ackley, 81, of 125 Fairview Road, Kersey, passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at his residence, after a brief illness.

He was born April 10, 1940, in St. Marys, son of the late Robert C. and Antoinette Sweener Ackley.  James was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School.  He was a retired employee of Carbon City Products.

On May 7, 1959, in the St. Mary’s Church, James married Rosemary Miles, who survives.  He is also survived by three daughters: Cynthia A. Herzing (Jeff) of St. Marys, Brenda L. Mohney (Tim) of St. Marys, and Annette M. Meyer (Ron) of St. Marys; by three sons: Stephen J. Ackley (Lisa) of Laurinburg, NC, Ronald E. Ackley (Dawn Cheatle) of Kersey, and Martin P. Ackley (Chris) of Kersey; by fourteen grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by two sisters: Rita Stauffer and Shirley Carnovale; and by his brother: Robert Ackley.  He was the last member of his immediate family.

James enjoyed his time outdoors especially when he was camping or fly fishing.  He was a good gardener, enjoyed playing the organ, and loved traveling with his wife.  Helping others meant a great deal to James.  His commitment to donating his blood so that others might benefit was very important to him.  However, nothing was more important to James than his wife, his children, and their families.

Family and friends are invited to a funeral service to be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home with the Rev. Ross Miceli officiating.

Visitation will be from 10:30 AM until the time of service at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Penn Highlands Community Nurses, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC  20090-6011.



November 2, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

November 2, 2021
12:00 PM
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Final Resting Place

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  1. Steve, so hard to lose both father and mother together, worked with your dad for years and he was a good man. Go rest high on that mountain Jim as the way Vince Gill sings. They are both at peace together.

  2. Jim was a friend who tried to teach me how to fly fish. This man forgot more about the sport than I will ever know! Jim caught the most beautiful fish I have ever seen come out of the waters of the West Branch of the Clarion River a prize that I was honored to share with him! Jim is fishing the “Great Pool Above” now! Enjoy Jim, enjoy!!

  3. Sorry to hear the passing if Jim. I worked with him many years. Peace be with the family at this time

  4. I haven’t seen you in a long time, but never stopped thinking of you and Aunt Rita. I really wish I would have seen you before. My fault and will always regret it. Have a party with all that went before you. Thinking of you and all the family. Love you Uncle Jim

  5. Jim you were the best father-in-law a guy could have. To the many talks we had on the porch while having a cold brew. Also the times we went to Salamanca gambling. Love ya go in peace buddy.
    Love Ron

  6. So sorry for your loss. All of you have my deepest sympathies. He is now at peace, and I pray that you all find peace as well

  7. Dad I can’t believe you’re really gone… remember the time me and you had a little lunch together at the DuBois Mall. All the talks we had sitting on the deck. When we went camping or just sitting around the fire down back and me and you picking up leaves. There are too many to mention I love each and every memory and I will never forget. Fly high with the Angels daddy. I love you always and forever and you will be forever missed.

  8. Uncle Jim, I wish I had spent more time. I have fond memories of you pushing me on that old swing in the back yard. Love, Amy

  9. I always stopped to see Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Rose when I would come home to visit. They were the sweetest people. He even came to our rescue once when our car broke down and helped us get it fixed. So sorry to hear he had passed. Praying for all of you.

  10. You were the best……. My friend, my fishing buddy, my dad. I will always love you.

    Steve ackley

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