1940 – 2014
CASCO — Ronald Roger Akers passed away unexpectedly at his home in Casco on Saturday, Feb. 1.
He was born in Augusta on Sept. 17, 1940. Ron attended Admiral Farragut Military Academy for two years in Toms River, N.J., then went on to graduate from Fryeburg Academy, Class of 1960. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Sierra AD-18 from 1960-62. He was proud to have been involved in the Project Mercury Recovery Mission of astronaut Lt. Col. John Glenn Jr.
Ron joined the family business, Akers & Chrysler — now Pineland Carpets, in Auburn in 1962. He served as president and co-owner with his brother, Clifford M. Akers Jr. Ron remained active in his business, semi-retiring in 2011.
He was a Mason and an active member of the Tranquil Lodge No. 29 in Auburn, Portland-St. Albans Commandery and Kora Temple Shrine in Lewiston. Most recently, he became a member of the American Legion Post 0215. For 12 years, he was a member of the Kora Shrine Cycle Corps, performing in parades around the state, raising funds to support the Shriners Children’s Hospital.
He enjoyed taking his boat out on Cresent Lake and camping in his RV with family and friends, especially at the Fryeburg Fair and “upta” camp in Rangeley. He took pride in maintaining his property on Crescent Lake, where he always welcomed family and friends.
Surviving are his wife, Pamela E. Pearson-Akers, of Casco; two sons, Davian Jon Akers of Portland and Ronald R. Akers II and his wife, Phoebe, and their daughter, Sophie, of Derry, N.H.; and his brother, Clifford M. Akers Jr., of Newry and his children, Rebecca Taplin and her husband, James, and Randall and Christopher Akers; as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Clifford M. Akers Sr. and Carmen R. Akers of Casco.