Mr. John Acton

October 15, 1921May 3, 2011

John Acton, age 89, of Ooltewah died Tuesday May 3, 2011. He was born October 15, 1921 in Andrew, Alberta Canada the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Zubinsky) Achtymichuk. Mr. Acton was a World War II veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force serving in Great Britain serving with the American Forces. He was a great Dad as well as a Dodger Fan. Survivors include his wife of 58 years Ann Acton; three children Mark J. (Carmen) Acton, Michael (Mary Beth) Acton and Doug (Joanne) Acton; sisters Mary Begley and Ollie Sullivan; brothers Jim Acton and Gene Achtymichuk; grandchildren Laura Acton and Shane Acton. Graveside services will be held Saturday May 7 at 1:00 pm in the Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements under the direction of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist-Valley View Chapel, Chattanooga, TN.


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Mark Acton

May 7, 2011

"Sir John" Acton, as my father was affectionately called, was my hero , mentor and role model from childhood straight until the time he passed away. I will remember all of the wonderful traits and attributes that my father instilled upon me and the great job of mentoring us three boys. Pops was also a wonderful provider for our mother, " Annie" and always made sure we were well provided for. My parents would have been married 59 years on July 3rd, their anniversary date. " Sir John" was active in Little League coaching as well as the Chief Umpire for the San Carlos, Calif Little League system. Dad encouraged us to attend College and better prepare ourselves for that challenging world out there. Pops was instrumental in encouraging me in persuing my career in Federal Law enforcement for 26 + years. Pops also supported and encouraged me in joining the US Marine Corps out of College.
I was very proud of my fathers WWII service as an Air Gunner/Radio Operator with the 529 Heavy Bomber Squadron with the RCAF/RAF Bomber Command, based in England. My father saw combat over the skies of Germany and lived to talk about it. He was a genuine war hero.
Im also very grateful for my caring wife Carmen who has helped me take care of both my Parents the last 5 years. plus. Im also grateful for my brother Michael coming out and helping Carmen with Pop's final Funeral arrangements. My brother Michael has been a real asset as well as Carmen in this challenging time.
My father's closest brother, Pilot Officer Alec Acton's RCAF Bomber was shot down over Germany and killed in action sometime in 1944. He also flew in my father's "529" squadron.
Now both "Sir John" and Pilot Officer Alec Acton can once again join up in formation somewhere high above in the skies of heaven. They can finally finish their final mission together.

RIP " Sir John" You are finally at rest in a better place.


Your son Mark