April 20, 1920May 25, 2011

Rowland Akers, 91, of Machesney Park, passed away on May 25, 2011 in his home surrounded by his family. Born April 20, 1920 in Kansas City, KS. Proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War from 1942-1945 and 1952-1954. He was stationed in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Normandy. In the service he was an auto mechanic and a truck driver. Back home he worked as an inspector for Sundstrand Aviation for 27 years. Married Helen Ohneck in September on 1952 in Freeport, IL. Survived by his daughters, Mary (Rod) Schultz, Linda (Doug) Olmstead, Ruth (Mike) Jackson, Carol Akers-Henderson and Kathy Akers; grandchildren, Patricia Burkhamer, Michelle Burkhamer, Christine (Tim) Chapel, Jason (Nancy) Schutz, Erik (Kris) Brinkley and Michael Olmstead; sisters, June Hon, Delores D’Angelo and Sylvia DiTomassi; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; wife, Helen Akers; son, James Akers and brother, Fred Akers. Funeral Services at 2 pm on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation Tuesday at the funeral home form 12 noon to 2 pm. Tributes to the family at


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 31, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 31, 2011


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June 2, 2011

my condolence's to the family he will be missed . Sylvia Marlow MP.Ilinois

Joel Clossey

May 31, 2011

We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. From all of us at Pro Arc Welding.

Patricia Burkhamer

May 27, 2011

Love you Grandpa, I know you are finally where you wanted to be, by Grandmas side, i know it was hard for me to hear you tell me that you are ready to go you've lived your life but i understand now and i'm O.K. with it . I will miss you . You did a wonderful job as a Grandpa!

Tylor D'Angelo

May 27, 2011

Thanks for the service to this country,the fishing trips when I was a kid,and all those wonderful stories.Love you Uncle Rowland.And who can forget when you and my Dad changed the brakes on my car??I know I won't...

Don & Karen Schmoll

May 27, 2011

We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad.