Howard Philip Acker

October 22, 1945January 5, 2021

Howard P. Acker, 75, passed away Jan 5, 2021 at Culpeper Hospital after struggling with COPD complicated by coronavirus.

Howard was a disabled Army veteran, serving six years which included two tours in Viet Nam and being exposed to Agent Orange which impacted his health. He was a member of Nassau Hose Company in the 70’s and 80’s and drove ambulance for the Nassau Rescue Squad. He worked as a transmission mechanic and then as a miller for Cargill Flour Milling. He retired from Horizon Milling in Culpeper, VA. He was a hard worker, enjoyed reading books, building bonfires and making birdhouses to give away. Above all, his little family was most important to him and he loved when the kids and their friends would gather at his home. His funny sense of humor and his laugh will be missed by family and friends.

Howard is predeceased by his parents Leon and Beatrice (Pitt) Acker, sisters Frances and Priscilla and brothers Mike, Tom and Dennis.

Beloved husband, father and grandfather. Howard is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Mary Acker, sons, Brian Acker (Nicole), Robert Walker and “son” Rob Kloby. daughter Colleen Barber, grandchildren Frank and Mckenzie Rychcik, Lily and Emma Walker and his special buddy Bryce Acker, mother and father in law, Mary and Donald Martin and special sister and brother in law, Pat and Bruce Weidman. He is also survived by sisters, Arlene, Nichole, Brenda, Linda and Lori, half brother Raymond Acker, step brother Henry Miller and many nieces, nephews and very dear friends.

As per his wishes, he was cremated and there will be no gravesite or services.

Fond memories and condolences may be shared with the Acker family through The Acker family has entrusted the Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements


  • All services are private


Howard Philip Acker

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hemwatie jaipershad

January 20, 2021

Dear Mary and Family:
I was saddened to read about Howard's passing in a recent Albany Times Union.
Howard was such a good person. I remember him from years ago when you worked at UHLS and he built the fence around my house. The foundation of the fence is still there, though the pickets had to be replaced. I am always grateful to him and his kindness.
I am so sorry that he contracted the nasty virus. I hope you are all well and taking good care of yourselves.
Hoping all the memories of him bring you peace over time. With love.

Kent Rychcik

January 19, 2021

Thank you Howard for being a wonderful grandfather to my children and may you rest in peace


January 18, 2021

M ary and family I would like to offer my condolences to you. May God Bless you

Carol Rychcik

David Flaherty

January 18, 2021

Mary and family, my condolences on your loss. Howard was a genuinely great guy. Mary, I’m sorry to have lost track of you and Howard over the years. I will remember his humor and good nature during holiday get-togethers, the people in Nassau he introduced me to, and the discovery that we were in Fort Leonard Wood around the same time. Remember the good days and that he’s not really gone as long as he is in the hearts and minds of friends and family.

Dave Flaherty

Mary Howey

January 18, 2021

sorry to hear of howard passing. we had a lot of good times partying and at cargills get togethers. he gave jack a lot of funny jokes now they are in heaven together they can talk a lot now. i am thinking of you a lot mary and your family he will always be in your heart.
love from a friend!
Mary Jane Howey!

Lionel Keefe

January 17, 2021

Dear Mary and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. I met Howard in the early 90’s when we worked together building a structure in Fayetteville, N.C. with Marc Tierney. I immediately thought to myself “what a pleasant man”. Always good natured and looking at the bright side of things. Like an uncle I didn’t have but would have loved to. I always refer to those 2 months as “ the time of my life”. Not many people leave you with the impression that Howard did. Not many at all. I’m quite sure the Good Lord already has a role for Howard to fill. Happy Trails old buddy.....till we meet again...

Lionel Keefe

Will and Cindy Harrington

January 17, 2021

Mary - we both send our condolences to you and the kids. Howard was a fun wonderful man. We will always remember our times at the firehouse. There sure we're some good ones. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time. Sending you hugs.

Michelle & John Warner

January 16, 2021

Howard- you were a wonderful friend and truly a pleasure to always talk to. We appreciate all the kindness you showed our family during difficult times. We treasured you and Mary and looked forward to seeing you when we visited Virginia. May you Rest In Peace, have good health and have a cup of coffee with my mom and roger!

Russell Carpenter

January 16, 2021

Howard you are truly going to be missed on the mountain, the story's, the laughs the kindness you always shared with us all. Good neighbors are hard to find but good friends are harder. Raising a glass to you my friend.

Linda Tuck

January 15, 2021

Howie I was always missing you from the time you went in the army and did not come home for ever so long..and in between your moving to Virginia..and you coming home and visiting the sisters and the Widemans!
.I used to say I was invisible to you! Than you made a point to come visit once to my mobile home and started sending birthday cards . I did not have to miss you any now..Now I will miss you the rest of my life!I love you Howie forever !!!