OBITUARY

Byron L. Akers Jr.

May 4, 1930June 16, 2012

Byron L. Akers, Jr. Bryon, 82, went home to be with the Lord on June 16th, 2012. Born to Byron and Lois Akers in Colorado Springs, May 4, 1930. He attended Colorado University, Boulder, where he received his BS and his Juris Doctorate in Law. He met and married his sweetheart LaVerne, in 1956, and together they celebrated 56 years of marriage. Byron began his career as an assistant District Attorney in El Paso, Elbert, and Douglas counties. He became a partner of Haney, Howbert and Akers. His law career spanned more than 40 years, and he earned a highly regarded reputation as a smart, caring and devoted professional. Byron retired from the practice of law, but remained Of- Counsel with Holland and Hart for many years. Byron’s life was one of service. He was an active member and servant of First Presbyterian Church his entire life. He served in many other Christian and civic organizations. When he was not focusing his energy on his practice, family and friends, Byron was a avid and talented golfer. He practiced the game of golf at a very early age, living blocks from patty Jewett golf course. He reached the pinnacle of the sport by winning the Phoenix Open pro-am tournament. However, beyond any profession or hobby, Byron was a caring man of character and integrity. He was a generous and involved friend, a devoted husband and father, and a man whose intelligence and graciousness blessed all who knew him. Byron is survived by his beloved wife, LaVerne, his daughters; Debra Gager (Ray), Cindi Kyte (Rick), and Kathy Harris (Dave, a devoted friend and confidant). He is also survived by his brother Dr. John Akers (Anne), and his cherished grandchildren, Sarah, Leah, Ian and Evan and more family and friends than one could possibly count. Byron was the epitome of a gentleman, a friend and a servant to God. His family is grateful for all of those who have loved and supported him through the last several years and are especially grateful for the loving care given to him by the pastoral care of First Presbyterian Church, the staff of Brookdale Place and Odyssey hospice. A service of gratitude for the life of Byron will be held Friday, June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, June 22, 2012
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Byron L. Akers Jr.

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April 1, 2013

We thank the Lord for Byron's faithful friendship both to our Dad, Irving, and to our whole family. He was an overcomer. And a very practical man. A caring man. A man of faith. We want to bless all of his family now, and to be thankful for Byron's life. From, The Howbert Family.

Emmy Lou Andrews

December 13, 2012

Thank you, Kathy and Dave , for using your parents address book to contact us. We are so sorry, but rest in the comfort that he is with the Lord. Laverne and I were roommates in 1954 and 1955. What a joy to learn that they met the Lord about the same time I did. Emmy Lou Andrews

June 29, 2012

Saddened to learn of the death of my good friend and professional colleague. Byron and I shared many experiences over 40 years, professional and otherwise. His Christian walk was an inspiration to me and many others. Intelligence, integrity and a sensitive nature were hallmarks of his life. He will be missed. It was truly a privilege to have shared this life with him.
Dale Holst

Bonnie Frum

June 26, 2012

I met Byron and Laverne in 1967 when they
were on the Young Life board. I was the new
Young Life staff person, and they were so
wonderful to me. Byron was always so graceious - a truly godly man.

Lance Wheatley

June 23, 2012

Mr. Akers was a wonderful man. I worked for him with Cindi at Pixieland Mini GOlf in the late 70s. He was always so kind to us, and I will be forever grateful that he gave me my first job. God Bless You All.

Jere Martin

June 23, 2012

We met Byron when my husband Ron joined the law firm as a very young and inexperienced attorney. No one could have had better mentors than Byron with his kindness, gentle sense of humor, and view of the law profession as "ministery" and his dear friend Jack Foutch who taught fairness & toughness. LaVerne was equally wonderful to me. Byron's absence will be felt by so many. There wasn't a person he interacted with that didn't feel his warm humanity.

Lauren Mueller

June 22, 2012

Dear Byron,
I met you while I was working at Ghost Town Museum at my first summer job. Ghost Town always made me feel like I was part of a family that could only be complete with an amazing grandfather. I will miss sneaking you popcorn.
My heart goes out to your family.
Lauren Mueller

Marla Kaufman

June 22, 2012

Dear Byron, I met you in 2004 when I started working at Ghost Town Museum. You would come in & check on us when Dave was out of town. Sometimes you would just come in to say hi & get some popcorn. You were always so kind & always had something funny to say.
I remember going to Breakfast with Carol at Bon Tons & you would be there with your gentlemen friends. You would always come to our table to say Hi.
When I started working at Penrose Hospital you & Lavern would come in to eat in the cafeteria & would look for me there just to ask me how I was doing. You would always tell me if I ever needed anything to be sure to go to you for help.
I will always remember your smiling face, kind words & you calling me Marliss.
Though I will miss you I am happy knowing you are pain free and at peace now.
You Have made this world a brighter place with your presence and I thank you for that. Love You

Gary Cox

June 22, 2012

I am deeply saddened at the loss of such a wonderful man. Byron meant so very much to a lot of people and I will remember him forever. Byron, you are loved so very much.

June 22, 2012

Bill and I met Byron through our three boys working for him at Ghost Town. What a wonderful man and boss to the boys. So many happy memories they have.
He was so easy to talk to and always had such a big smile.
LaVerne, our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family at this very hard time. Bill and Doris Cox (Colo Spgs Co)