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Obituaries: August 29, 2013

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Arnold James Akerley

Arnold James Akerley, 78, of Sun City Center, Florida and North Hampton, New Hampshire passed away quietly on August 17, 2013, after a sudden and brief battle with cancer. Arn is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 47 years, Dolores (Dee) Akerley, and his four children: Brian J. Akerley and his wife, Sandy Wong; Christopher A. Akerley; Katherine A. Akerley and her husband, Ronald Beirouti; and Elizabeth T. Gallagher and her husband, Jon Gallagher.  He also leaves behind two cherished grandchildren: Emily Marie Budrys and Lilianne Akerley Beirouti.

Arnold was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania on February 13, 1935. He spent most of his childhood in Farmington, Maine ,close to his favorite ski hill, Sugarloaf, where he later taught skiing. Arnold married Dolores Lamontagne on April 22, 1966, and they had four children together. A graduate of Boston University, Arn also served in the U.S. Army as a chaplain’s assistant in Portier, France. He went on to work in sales, his last position being vice-president of sales and marketing at Kendall-Polyken. He retired at 55, kicking off 20 years of travel, reading and family time.

Arn’s calm and easygoing demeanor made it easy for him to make friends. Always up for an engaging discussion or tales from American history, Arnold had a curiosity that seemed insatiable. His patience, kindness and easy laugh will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Arnold’s memory to the Hyder Family Hospice, 285 County Farm Rd., Dover, NH 03820, which provided gentle, attentive care and comfort in his last days. For more information, please call Ellie Akerley at 435-659-4324.

 

Kenneth C. Schiffert

Kenneth C. Schiffert, age 92, of Sun City Center passed away on August 20, 2013 to be with the Lord and his wife Jean, who pre-deceased him in 2006. He is survived by sons Timothy (Paula) and Christopher (Karen), five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

He learned the machinist trade at Bethlehem Steel Company in Bethlehem, PA, and retired after 42 years. At the Bethlehem Steelworkers Memorial, a brick commemorating his years of service and position as Order Control Supervisor of Plant and Corporation Maintenance remains with his name engraved. He had been a member of the Bethlehem Area Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed his role as superintendent of St. Thomas Sunday school during his lifetime.

He spent two years at Lehigh University Civil Engineering Lab, as well as two years in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific arena. Interestingly, he came to live on Granville Lane in Sun City Center, and served on the USS Granville during WWII.

Interment will be at a later date in Pennsyvania.

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