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Douglas Charles Ackermann
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Birth: Sep. 15, 1925
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 2010
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Douglas Charles Ackermann, 85, passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, October 5, 2010, with his wife and family members by his side. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on Sep 15, 1925, the eighth of nine children of George Charles and Thekla Amelia Pauline (Mueller) Ackermann. He lived in San Antonio all his life and was a proud and dedicated Texan. Childhood memories included playing on the walls of the Alamo before they were repaired. They had a large garden and milked their own cows. As an adult, he had a strong aversion to cottage cheese, cream cheese and sour cream. He said he had enough of all that growing up to last a lifetime. He also experienced some thrilling rides with his brother on roller skates from the top of the hill on Hildebrand down to Broadway. Following graduation from Harlandale High School in 1943, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in January 1944. While stationed at Camp Reynolds in Pennsylvania, he was introduced on a blind date to June Lavern Goff. He kissed her on the cheek that first date and the "happily ever after" was started. Soon after, he left for Europe as a clerk in the medical supply office. One of his favorite mementos was found while visiting Marseilles with a few of his buddies. They asked a local fisherman to take them to an island a few miles off. While on the island, they explored the Chateau d'If which had been used as a fortress during the German occupation of France. It was here that he found an official German military stamp.Doug was an artist. He was asked to draw 6 Christmas cards on V-mail for one of the officers. The art was so well done, one of the cards was chosen to be copied and sent out from the entire unit. His talent led to an invitation to work for Walt Disney. He declined because he thought he might have conflicts with the Sabbath.Doug came home to Texas to separate from the military. His intent had been to return to Ohio for June but once in Texas he didn't want to leave. He asked June to come to San Antonio. She let him know her mother wouldn't approve of that. He responded, "But we'll be married." That was his announcement of their engagement. They were married on September 10, 1945.Doug entered a 48-month training program to become a journeyman electrician and then went to work for Zoller Electric. He eventually started his own business with his son, Bobby - D&R Electric. He worked with Bobby for approximately 27 years and was an electrician for over 40 years.Doug loved doing electrical contract work in many homes and businesses throughout San Antonio. His customers loved his ability to complete each job with perfection. He did much of the wiring for the Laurel Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church and later handcrafted the wrought iron chandeliers for the sanctuary, which are still hanging today. He also wired many of the buildings at the Nameless Valley Ranch, operated by the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists near Leander, Texas. In the early 60's, Doug and June moved to a lovely 3-acre site. This home was well-known for its oak trees and was the site of many happy occasions including several weddings, church socials, Easter breakfasts, and countless tree-climbing sessions with many children. Doug was endlessly using his electric blower to keep the driveway clear of leaves and was not happy when in his '80s he was told by his children he was no longer allowed to climb on the roof to sweep leaves off. Doug devoted much of his life to serving the church in one capacity or another. He served as a Sabbath School teacher and superintendent, Deacon, Head Elder and was one of the longest-ever serving Texas Conference Committee members. He served 24 years during 1968-1997. He was a man of few words but he was articulate and credible when he spoke. Doug took pleasure in his horses and working outdoors. He enjoyed playing tennis and camping with his family at Inks Lake and Falcon Dam. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs. He never attended any games but rarely missed them on TV.Doug was a very special man who will be remembered for his dedication to his work, his family and his Lord. He was inspiring to all who met him and throughout his life he was an example of Christian integrity, striving for excellence in everything he did. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and three sisters. Brothers LeRoy Ackermann, Richard Ackermann, William Ackermann and Eugene. Thee sisters Schotze Birdwell, Margarite Howell, and Lois. Eugene and Lois died in their childhood. He is survived by his wife, June Ackermann, two daughters and son.
Father of Shirley Jean, Jacqueline Sue & Robert Douglas Ackermann. 
Family links: 
  George Charles Ackermann (1884 - 1969)
  Thekla Wilhelmina Miller Ackermann (1883 - 1984)
  Georgene Desdamona Ackermann Birdwell (1905 - 1989)*
  Leroy George Ackermann (1907 - 1995)*
  Richard James Ackermann (1912 - 1988)*
  Marguerite Ackermann Howell (1914 - 2004)*
  Eugene Clark Ackermann (1916 - 1919)*
  William Henry Ackermann (1920 - 2009)*
  Douglas Charles Ackermann (1925 - 2010)
  Lois Lee Ackermann (1927 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Mission Burial Park North
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Beverly Ackermann Jobe
Originally Created by: Emory Schnuriger
Record added: Oct 06, 2010
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Douglas Charles Ackermann
Added by: Emory Schnuriger
Douglas Charles Ackermann
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Rest in peace!
- Beverly Ackermann Jobe
 Added: Oct. 15, 2010

- Emory Schnuriger
 Added: Oct. 6, 2010

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