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James Bradford Ackley
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Birth: Apr. 21, 1927
California, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 2012
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz County
California, USA

James Bradford Ackley
April 21, 1927 - Feb 27, 2012
Resident of Santa Cruz

Jim Ackley, loving husband of Georgia Ackley, father of Lynda Ackley, and friend to many unexpectedly passed away Monday morning at home in Santa Cruz California. This is the home that he built for he and his wife Georgia of 60 years and where he desired to be. He is survived by Lynda Ackley, Jim Hein and his family, the Scheler family of San Jose, and the Harney family of Watsonville.

Jim, son of Harvey Ackley Jr. and Margaret Evana Schoonover, was born at the foot of Mount Shasta on his Uncle Howard's cattle ranch. Jim joined the California Department of Forestry before entering the Army at age 18. Sergeant Ackley was honorably discharged two years later and joined the Santa Clara County Fire Department at the end of 1947. Jim was the founding member of that department and made Captain in 1954 and Battalion Chief in 1955. Jim retired at the end of 1978, honored and respected by his fire fighters, many of who remained friends far into his retirement. Jim was a member of the Santa Clara County Horseman's Association, and a member of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge of San Jose for 50 years. Jim enjoyed camping and fishing up in Siskiyou County, woodworking, and countless other activities throughout his life. Jim knew how to appreciate life with Georgia and their friends and family. He found joy in numerous loved pets including Sammy the cat. He was a man of honor and was very clear about right and wrong and how he felt about any topic at hand. He was a good friend, a caring person, and when he smiled it was substantive and genuine.

In recent years, Jim pushed through pain in his knees that he experienced while standing and walking so that he could remain a participant in life and indulge in activities with friends and family. Jim's strength in accepting the loss of Georgia nine months ago was what we had all hoped for. His outlook was positive and he was becoming more and more engaged in life. We love him and will miss him every day.

Services will be held at Oakwood Memorial Chapel and Cemetery on Paul Sweet Road in Santa Cruz, Sunday March 11 at 1:00, followed by a reception on the grounds. You may also honor Jim, in leiu of flowers, by donating to the organization of your choice or to one of his favored charities, Disabled American Veterans: P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301 or www.dav.org

Published in San Jose Mercury News on March 3, 2012. 
 
Burial:
Oakwood Memorial Park
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz County
California, USA
 
Created by: Mark Utley
Record added: Mar 03, 2012
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James Bradford Ackley
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Thank you, Sir, for your service to our great Country. God bless…rest in peace.
- Travelingal
 Added: Feb. 24, 2013
 
 
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