Frederick "Fred" Howard Acker

January 15, 1933July 9, 2013

Frederick “Fred” Howard Acker, 80, of Arlington, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Clara Acker, daughter Sandra Acker, granddaughter Samantha Acker, and two brothers, Terry and Norris Acker. Mr. Acker retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years of service. He was a veteran of the Vietnam and Korean Wars. He was committed to helping young adults adjust their lives for the better with his community service both in the Navy and his personal life. After the navy service, Mr. Acker worked on numerous successful business projects, many on an international scale. He was dearly loved and his contributions to many lives will be missed. The family will receive friends on Monday, July 15 from 6-8pm at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Rd. There will be a graveside Celebration of Life service at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill Irene Rd, Memphis Tn. 38125 at 11am on Tuesday, July 16th.


  • Gathering of Friends and Family Monday, July 15, 2013
  • Graveside Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Frederick "Fred" Howard Acker

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August 1, 2013

May the God of all comfort give you strength and peace, as we await His assured time when "death will be no more, neither mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore."

July 30, 2013

My condolences to the Acker family. I was fortunate to work with Fred from 1967 to 1970 at VQ-1. He was an inspiration to all.

Carl Fisher, AVCM, USN Retired

Paul Hutchison

July 17, 2013

My condolences to Clara and family. I best remember Fred as a person with fine leadership qualities while working with him on four different occasions. Our duty assignments seemed tethered from 1968-1975. Our last contact was when Clara and Fred visited our home in Bolton, TN just before I left the area. As with many other Navy Shipmates, we lost contact after retirement.

Paul Hutchison, ATCS, USN Retired

Art Orona

July 16, 2013

My condolences to the Acker family, I had the honor of serving under Fred during his years in VQ-1 Atsugi, Japan. My memories of Fred are of a great leader and shipmate whom I will always remember as a friend. May he rest in peace and may the family heal from this loss.

Art "tudy" Orona

July 16, 2013

My sincere condolences to Fred's family. I was in VQ-1 with Fred and worked with him for several years. I was a PO2 at that time and Fred was a true inspiration and example. He is one who I credit with my getting ahead in the USN. Fred and I worked on Sea Wing together and when I left the squadron, I met Fred and Rick Duncan in Hawaii. They were on their way back to Japan from California with an aircraft Fred had really tried to get me to go get. I picked up Fred and Rick at Barbers Point early in the day and we toured Oahu and had a nice dinner and drinks at a relatives house. That was the last time I saw Fred although I did talk to him a few times later. Ironically, Rick Duncan also passed away earlier this year. Fred was a real friend and inspiration and he will be missed.
TJ Wiley, Lawrenceville, GA.

Ray Strain

July 16, 2013

My condolences to Fred's family. I was in VQ-2 from 1964 to 1968. I did not know Fred personally but as a VQ brother, I was saddened by his passing.

Bill May

July 16, 2013

Fred, I am sorry I did not have a chance to say goodbye. You were one of the best suppliers I ever worked with at Walmart and one of the best people I have met in my lifetime. I always admired your drive, energy, and integrity. If you had been a buyer you would have been one of the best ever. You set positive examples for others to learn from, while always having an upbeat and positive attitude. You most definitely enriched the lives of those you had contact with. Dee and I will miss our conversations with you. We will always remember you my friend.

July 16, 2013

I had worked with Fred at the CNTECHTRA Headquarters (circa 1970s) and Data-Design Laboratories in 1975. My condolences to his wife Clara and family.

Dot Hutchison

July 15, 2013

Clara Paul and I was sorry to here of Fred's death keeping you in Prayer.
Paul and Dot Hutchison

Charlie Wooddy

July 15, 2013

Fred and I were stationed in VQ1 Atsugi Japan in the late 1960s. I was a young 2nd class and learned a lot from him.
Charlie Wooddy
LCDR USN Retired