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James Ackerman, 88 - March 17, 2016

James “Jim” R. Ackerman, 88, of Cozad passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016, at Cozad Community Hospital.
Services took place on Wednesday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Cozad with the Rev. Mike Parsh officiating. Burial was at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Ackerman was born Sept. 9, 1927, at Gothenburg to Herman and Hazel (Shelly) Ackerman. He graduated from Grand Island High School.
Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Navy and was based in Guam.
He married Marianne Lindstedt in 1946. To this union, two sons were born. His wife passed away in 2004. In November of 2006, he married Donna Houser.
Ackerman was employed with Central Nebraska Public Power Hydro Plant for over 44 years.
He had a fascination for airplanes and power parachutes, according to family members, and he enjoyed building and flying model airplanes.
Ackerman was an avid Husker and Bronco fan and even had the opportunity to attend a Super Bowl. He also enjoyed watching boxing matches with his friends in North Platte, said family, and had a special place in his heart for animals, especially dogs.
His most treasured times were spent with family. He would travel anywhere to watch his grandchildren play high school sports.
?Ackerman was preceded in death by: his parents, Herman and Hazel; his first wife, Marianne; a son, Rex; brother, Don Ackerman.
?Survivors include: his wife, Donna of Cozad; his son, Terry Ackerman (Sharon Deal) of Lexington; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Ackerman of Fremont; grandchildren—Thad (Dalia) Ackerman of Cozad, Tara (Brian) Ackerman of Chicago, Melissa (Bernard) Mahoney of Fremont and Malee (Felipe) Zardo of Sao Paulo, Brazil; great-grandchildren—Cole, Dillon, Maya, Olivia, Macy and Enzo; step-sons—Tom (Michele) Houser of Kennard, Tracy Houser of Omaha and Jim (Cheryl) Houser of Blair; step-grandchildren—Matt, Zack, Jami, Luke, Valerie and Alison; two step-great-grandchildren—Serenity and Reiden.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church and to the Kearney Humane Society.