James Michael “Mike” Akers, age 67, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 22, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.
He was the youngest of four children born on November 11, 1953 in Lima, Ohio. He is a 1972 graduate of Shawnee High School in Lima Ohio, and a 1975 graduate of the Ohio Institute of Technology. Mike worked 30 years between Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) and Accenture as a software engineer. He loved family vacations in Charleston, South Carolina, and visiting relatives with Bobbi.
Mike was a devout Christian man. In the late 1980s, he was the youth director at Good Shepard Church in Obetz, Ohio. Mike lit up the room with his smile, which never left his face. His family was the center of his life. He and Bobbi attended every family function and organized many themselves. He will be remembered fondly by all the people whose lives were touched by his affectionate personality.
He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, and father-in-law. He will be deeply missed by those left behind. Mike is preceded in death by his parents, James C. Akers and Ila (Davis) Kehwecker; siblings, Judith (Bill) Beard and Lynda (Ed) Belle; and his infant daughter, Elizabeth Ann Akers.
Mike is survived by his loving wife for the last forty-five years, Barbara ‘Bobbi’ Akers; and his devoted daughter, Anna (Nate) Schmidt; sister, Cammy (David) Rowe; Sisters-in-law, Sherian Beard, Peggy (David) Black; Rebecca (Denny) Clayton; Deborah (Philip) Johnson; numerous nieces & nephews, and his lifetime friends, Nova and John Adkins, and Phillip and Jayne Siedlecki.
His family will receive friends on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 E. Main St. Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 where his funeral service will follow at Noon with Pastor Brent Harris officiating. Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates following the service.
Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O.Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023
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