Jerry Ackerman

June 12, 1939 - November 23, 2017
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Jerry L. “Dr. Sold” Ackerman, 78, a life-long resident of the Dover-New Philadelphia area died Thursday, November 23, 2017 in Union Hospital at Dover following a period of declining health.

Born in New Philadelphia on June 12, 1939, Jerry was the son of the late David L. and Belva (Young) Ackerman. After Jerry…

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Jerry L. “Dr. Sold” Ackerman, 78, a life-long resident of the Dover-New Philadelphia area died Thursday, November 23, 2017 in Union Hospital at Dover following a period of declining health.

Born in New Philadelphia on June 12, 1939, Jerry was the son of the late David L. and Belva (Young) Ackerman. After Jerry’s father was killed in an automobile accident, Jerry’s mother married Donald Stephan who took on the role of a father figure to Jerry.

His formal education took place at New Philadelphia High School where he graduated with the class of 1957. Following graduation, Jerry joined the military. After receiving his top-secret clearance, Jerry was assigned to the 11th US Army Security Agency Field Station at Baumholder, Germany and spent the next three years serving his country.

Upon his discharge, Jerry was employed by Dover Chemical for 16 years, with his last position being the company’s Safety Director. Jerry then entered the real estate business where he spent the next 45 years. He filled many positions over the years on both the local and state levels and in 2013, was awarded “Realtor Emeritus” status by the National Association of Realtors.

Jerry’s faith was nurtured at Dover First Moravian Church. There he served in many positions, which included trustee, elder, and chairman of the Church Building Committee. He served the larger church for six years as the Ohio representative on the Eastern District Executive Board in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

On September 18, 1976, Jerry married the love of his life, Dianne Miskimen. The couple shared in 39 years of marriage prior to her passing in 2015.

He will be missed by his children, Thomas (Kera) Ackerman of Lexington, Kentucky and Joni (David) Homan of Uhrichsville; his grandchildren, Anna and Claire Ackerman and Justin, Joshua, and Bryant Homan; his step-father, Don Stephan; brothers, Todd (Terry) Stephan, Dan (Joyce) Stephan, and Gary Stephan; a brother-in-law, David (Diana) Miskimen; as well as numerous members of the Miskimen, Stephan and Ackerman families.

In addition to his father and mother, Jerry was preceded in death by a step-son, Ryan Johnson and two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Benjamin Homan.
The family will greet guests on Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 1-4 PM in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover. Burial, with military honors, will take place on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 2 PM in the Sharon Moravian Church Cemetery. A celebration of Jerry’s life will be led by Rev. John Wallace at 3 PM on Monday in the Dover First Moravian Church where a meal and fellowship will immediately follow in the church social hall.

Memorial contributions in Jerry’s name may be directed to Dover First Moravian Church, 319 North Walnut Street, Dover Ohio 44622.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, November 26, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm

End Time: 4:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Monday, November 27, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm

First Moravian Church

Address:

319 N Walnut, DOVER, OH, 44622

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Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, November 27, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm

Sharon Moravian Church Cemetery

Address:

4776 Moravian Church Road SE, TUSCARAWAS, OH, 44682

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Reception Information

Date: Monday, November 27, 2017

First Moravian Church

Address:

319 N Walnut, DOVER, OH, 44622

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First Moravian Church

319 N. Walnut Street
Dover, Ohio 44622

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Born: June 12, 1939
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Calvin Pretorius posted on 11/27/17

I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping you all in my thoughts. Peace to you.

 

Bobbi Buchholz posted on 11/26/17

I know this is a very difficult time for you all. I hope knowing Jerry is now in the arms of Dianne will give you comfort.

 

Carolyn Cercone posted on 11/25/17

My sincere sympathy to the family...Jerry was a great guy and I pray for God’s strength to surround all of you in the upcoming days.

 

Melinda Dupler-Whitmire posted on 11/25/17

Thoughts and prayers to the family. God Bless

 

Mary Frey Crolley posted on 11/25/17

Sorry for lost! Prayers for your family!

 

Neighbor posted on 11/24/17

I’m contacting you to offer comfort in your time of grief. My condolences are with you and the hope that you heal with time, the loss of a love one is never easy. Isaiah 25:8 states ( He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.

 

Linda J Fuhrer-Moore posted on 11/24/17

Diane was amazing. She is loving having him with her. Sorry for the families loss

 

joshua homan posted on 11/24/17

i can remember one of the first things he told me after becoming my step grandpa First thing he said was to call him "Pops" and that real men hugged... i so admired him for the self made man he was and the fact he was so selfless humble and unjudgemental.. He never lectured me on the many mistakes I made but always advice,guidance that never hurt my self confidence or self esteem. I always got his \million dollar smile and that iconic hug from such a big man lol. i admired the love he had for his wife Diane and how much he cherished his family.... Its hard to believe hes gone but i know hes happy being runited with his true love once again while they watch over us.. i imagine he is also reuniting with his great grandson Aiden and making him laugh as much as he made me.. His legacy is simply amazing and i could only hope I could be half the man he is... I was blessed and will always cherish with oppurtunity to be apart of his life and all the memories... I will miss u pops but will never forget....

 

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