OBITUARY

Richard Don Akers

April 3, 1951August 30, 2013

Richard was born on April 3, 1951 in Sherman, Texas and passed away on August 30, 2013. Growing up in a military family allowed Richard to live in many different cities, but he spent his adult years in Dallas. He attended East Texas State University, where he was a member of the 1972 National Champion Football team. Richard previously worked in sales and marketing in the insurance industry. He enjoyed sports, cooking, music, and spending time with friends and family. Richard is survived by his wife, Donna Rickert Akers, his son Benny Akers of Yuma, Arizona, his sister Dana Butler of Cranston, Rhode Island, his brother Randall Akers of Sherman, Texas, many nieces, nephews and an extended family of dear friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Richard's honor to the Baylor Healthcare Foundation Transplant Institute or the National Kidney Foundation . A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 4th at 11:00 am at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, 8011 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252; (972) 407-6070.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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Conrad Duffy

August 17, 2014

I just learned of Rich's passing. I worked with him as his personal trainer 2005- 2007 at lifetime fitness. Him and I were close and spoke a couple times a year after I moved back to Montana.. I will always remember when him and I attended Plano Highs playoff game versus Southlake Carroll and his offer for me to attend Tony Dorsetts 25th reunion in New York. We had a great time each day we spent at the gym. Prayers your family's way

Derwin Boyd

December 4, 2013

I just recently learned my favorite cousin has passed. I am shocked and saddened. He will be missed.

Lee & Paula Speir

October 3, 2013

Donna, I am so sorry about Richard. I wish I could have come to the service. I really hated to miss it.

I will miss Richard. He and I usually spoke several times a month. It was like we needed a dose of each other for the month. Richard was the most positive upbeat person I have ever met. He and I seemed to hit it off from the very first time we met.

I know you will miss him very much. If there is anything we can do to help you please let me know.

Lee & Paula Speir
972-931-1403
Hlspeir@ gmail.com

Jeffrey Johnson

September 19, 2013

Donna
I heard the news about Richard and am just heartbroken for you and your family. Please know that you are in my prayers and in my thoughts and if there is anything I can do, do not hesitate to call. I sent my info on LinkedIn as I am back in Texas and largely available.
I had enormous respect for Richard. He was who I think we all want to be in a crowd. He greeted you as if you were a long lost friend. And beyond that, Richard was a rare breed that engaged you in such a way that you knew you had truly been present in that moment.
Your pictures together tell a beautiful story
All my best
Jeffrey Johnson

Jacqueline St. Hilaire

September 16, 2013

Donna, I am so very sorry for your loss. Richard will be sorely missed as he had a way to just light up the room with his smile and great attitude. He was really a terrific guy!

JAMES AND VICKI B BERRY

September 12, 2013

HI DONNA, I MET YOU ON A COUPLE OF OCCASSION. I AM SO SORRY FOR ALL OF OUR LOSS OF OUR WONDERFUL AND GENTLE FRIEND WE HAD IN DICKI. THE FOLKS OF FRED DOUGLASS HIGH SCHOOL WILL MISS THAT EAR TO EAR SMILE. I WAS TRULY BLESS TO HAVE HIM AND FLOYD AS MY DEAR FRIENDS. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY.

Susan Herrbold

September 9, 2013

Dear Donna and Family,
I just learned of Richard's passing today from a co-worker. It was an honor and a blessing to have known Richard when we worked together on LBJ in Dallas. He had the greatest smile and had quite a zest for life which I know is not news for anyone who has read this guestbook. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Peace be with you-
Susan

janis thompson

September 7, 2013

Metsey "Metz Evelyn" Bryant

September 6, 2013

I keep reading this obituary like it is a bad dream. Richard aka Dickey and I were friends as long as I can remember. I keep looking at his picture trying to find words to say about Dickey. I know that I loved him as a friend. He was always so moody. We would have the biggest fights and he would be upset, but that did not stop him from coming every morning to get a ride to school. Some mornings he wouldn't come in the house but would sit out in the cold in my grandmother's car waiting. We would come out and nobody said a word to each other and my grandmother would drop us off at school. I last saw Dickey about 12 years ago and that was the first time I had seen him in 20+ years. In a few minutes we were able to catch up on a few things. I remember noticing how much he had matured. I enjoyed our conversation so much. He had become quite a young man and I was happy to call him friend. The tears come as I look at his picture because we had so much fun growing up in Fairview. Rest well my friend.

Sharon Hennessy

September 6, 2013

Donna, My deepest sympathy to you and your family's. My heart goes out to you. Richard was so full of life. I can still "hear" his laugh even though I haven't heard it in a couple of years.