Jerald "Jim" Ackman

March 15, 1937

Jerald "Jim" Ackman Obituary

Memorial services for Jerald “Jim” Ackman, 86, of Groton will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9th at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Groton.  Pastor Kari Foss will officiate, assisted by Lori Westby.  Inurnment will follow in Union Cemetery, Groton under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.

Visitation will be held for one hour prior to services.

Jerald James passed away December 5, 2023 at home surrounded by his wife and three daughters. 

Jim, the son of Kenneth and Wilhelmina (Alberts) Ackman was born on March 15, 1937.  He grew up in Hazel and Dempster, SD surrounded by four brothers and four sisters.  Needless to say, it was a home filled with fun, commotion and pranks.

He so wanted to serve his country so he signed up with the Navy.  Unfortunately because of his hearing loss, he was turned away, which was a very big disappointment for him.

Many years were spent working on road construction.  Lake Area Vocational School opened in 1965 and Jim was in the first class, studying electronics.  At the completion, he and his family moved to Groton and he worked as a TV repairman.  Later, he began working at 3M and worked there until his retirement.

Family and friends were very important to Jim, as well as, his many other interests.  Namely, golf, reading, crossword puzzles, history, and sport competitions.  Groton Tigers were first and foremost to him. 

Jim is survived by his wife, June, daughters, April (Jerry) Madden of Herreid, SD, September (Tim) Kruse of Lakeville, MN, Cassie (Clay) Kuenstler of Groton, SD, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, 3 sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, 4 brothers, one sister, a sister-in-law and his nephew.

Honorary Urn Bearers will be Jim’s grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to the Faith Forever Fund at Emmanuel Lutheran Church or the Groton Transit.

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