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Ennis Ackerman - Stewartville

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Ennis Ackerman

The memorial service for Ennis "Delon" Ackerman, 93, a longtime Stewartville area farmer, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville, with the Rev. Curly Werth officiating. Burial will be in Orion Cemetery in Cummingsville, rural Chatfield.

Mr. Ackerman died Thursday, July 14, 2011, of natural causes at Stewartville Care Center where he had been a resident for the past two years.

Ennis Delon Ackerman was born Aug. 12, 1917, at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Selfridge, N.D., to Ennis and Harriet (Hickel) Ackerman. He was born in an adobe hut with a dirt floor and moved with his parents as a boy to Minnesota, where he attended Stewartville High School. He farmed prior to his marriage on July 28, 1942, to Dolores E. Bernard at her family's farm in rural Chatfield. Following their marriage, the couple farmed near Stewartville all their married lives. Mr. Ackerman was also employed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester until his retirement in 1982. Mrs. Ackerman died on June 16, 1986, and Mr. Ackerman has continued to make his home in Stewartville.

He enjoyed raising and selling cattle, mowing on his riding lawnmower and being outside.

Survivors include his sister, Betty Anderson of Ft. Bragg, Calif.; and sister-in-law, Doris (Betcher) Ackerman of Tuscon, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores, his parents and two brothers, Clyde and Garnes Ackerman.

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Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.

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