Gary Thomas Ackerman
April 1, 1947 – November 18, 2021
Gary Thomas Ackerman passed away November 18, 2021 in Oklahoma City. On April 1, 1947, Gary was born in Steubenville, Ohio, one of three children born to Ben and Grace (Rittenour) Ackerman.
Gary attended Wartburg Lutheran College in Waverly, Iowa, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree. He went on to work as a Senior Salesman and General Manager for ChemCentral for 36 years.
Gary married Diane Faye Gutzmer in Stockton, Illinois on December 19, 1970 and two children were born from this union: Michael and Mark.
He loved playing sports and attending sporting events. He played softball and golf and was a season OU Football ticket holder. Gary and Diane enjoyed and always looked forward to their trips to Palm Springs every year during their retirement. Those who knew Gary will always remember him by his laugh.
Gary leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife Diane Ackerman; sons Michael Scott Ackerman and wife Michelle of Flower Mound, Texas and Mark Steven Ackerman and wife Shannan of Bentonville, Arkansas; brother Jim Ackerman and wife Sue of Vero Beach, Florida; sister Mary and husband Jim Carow of Tampa, Florida; very special grandson Cade Asher Ackerman; one niece and four nephews and his church family at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
A Celebration of Life service will be 11 am, Saturday, November 27, 2021 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 10600 N. Council Road.
Memorial donations can be made in Gary’s name to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the National Kidney Foundation.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.chapelhill-okc.com for the Ackerman family.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Gary Thomas Ackerman
November 21, 2021
Gary was a friend and fellow member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church as well as a member of my choir. He was a true servant and volunteered as chairman of the congregation as well as serving on the stewardship and property boards and singing in the choir for more than 25 years. He was a big OU fan and was generous about sharing his basketball tickets with us when he couldn’t go or inviting us to go with him and Diane when they played OSU. I can’t remember a single time that OSU won when we came!🤬. I remember that he first visited us alone before his family moved to town and then brought them with him when they did. They all 4 sang in the music ministry and are special to me. Sing on in that heavenly choir now Gary!🎼. You will be sorely missed!💔
November 20, 2021
Gary was a wonderful addition to our family when he married my sister Diane almost 51 years ago. His laugh was infectious; his sense of humor dry. He enjoyed OU games because it brought him in close contact with his sons, Mike and Mark. Grandson Cade provided a spark in his life. Daughters-in-law Michelle and Shannan were also very special to him. He will be missed.