Sue A <I>Michel</I> Ackley

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Sue A Michel Ackley

  • Birth 30 Nov 1937
  • Death 8 Jan 1965
  • Burial Sterling, Whiteside County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 67809587


SUE (MICHEL) ACKLEY - A Sterling area woman met sudden and violent death shortly before midnight Friday (08 Jan 1965) on Rt. 30, two miles west of the intersection of Rts. 2 and 30 when her car and a semi-truck collided head on. Killed instantly was Mrs. Richard H. (Sue) Ackley, Woodlawn Road, Sterling. The driver of the truck, Jerry Stanton, 30, Montour, Iowa, was not injured. Troopers said Mrs. Ackley was eastbound and Stanton westbound at the time of the collision. Her car ran off the right side of the road and as she attempted to bring it back on the pavement it crossed the centerline and crashed head on into the westbound semi. Mrs. Ackley was thrown from her car, and although there are no conclusive reports, it is believed by state police the semi passed over her body. Following the collision the semi slid off the left side of the highway and into a deep ditch. Damage to the Ackley car was estimated at $1,200 and $9,000 to the semi.


Coroner John Ardapple of Morrison, selected a jury at the Melvin Funeral Home at 11 a.m. today and the inquest will be conducted later. Mrs. Richard H. Ackley, whose husband is co-owner of Forest Inn Restaurant and Lounge was born Nov. 30, 1937 in Dixon, the daughter of Leonard and Jane Hofmann Michel. She resided in Sterling her entire life and attended the local public schools, graduated from Sterling Township High School in 1955. She was a member of Ladies of Elks of Sterling and of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Auxiliary. Sue Ann Michel was united in marriage to Richard H. Ackley Nov. 3, 1956 in Sterling. Surviving besides her husband are two sons, R. Michael and Peter P. Ackley, both at home; one daughter, Karen Ackley at home; three brothers: John Michel of Chicago, Ronald Michel of Denver, Colo. and Roger Michel of Sterling; her mother, Mrs. Jane Michel of Sterling; her father, Leonard W. Michel of Rock Falls; her grandmother, Mrs. Maude Hofmann of Dixon and grandfather, Frank Michel of Sterling. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home, Rev. Lloyd O. Coleman, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery.

(Sterling Daily Gazette, Tuesday, 12 January 1965, 2;3)

Funeral services for Mrs. Richard (Sue) Ackley were conducted at 3 p.m. Monday in the Melvin Funeral Home with the Rev. Lloyd O. Coleman, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Mrs. J. H. Linn was organist for the services. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. The pallbearers were Owen Mills, Foy Isenhart, Ted McCord, William Walters, William Farwell and c. J. McKenna. The many floral tributes were cared for by Mrs. John Marshall, Mrs. Owen Mills, Mrs. Eugene Wetzel, Mrs. Ross Melvin. Lundstrom and Swartley trucks.

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  • Added: 2 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67809587
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sue A Michel Ackley (30 Nov 1937–8 Jan 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67809587, citing Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, Whiteside County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Kurt Johnson (contributor 47367988) .