Eric Jonathan Akers

Born: Mon., Sep. 1, 1947
Died: Thu., Mar. 8, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Mar. 13, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 14, 2018
Location: Peace Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Mar. 14, 2018
Location: Peace Lutheran Church

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Eric Jonathan Akers, 70, of Ashland, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 8, surrounded by family and friends.

Eric was born Sept. 1, 1947, in Shelby, Ohio, to Donald E. and Mary M. (Guadaynino) Akers. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1965. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1969, then received his juris doctorate in law from Ohio Northern University’s law school in 1973.

On Oct. 19, 1974, he married Debra (Fessenmeyer) Akers in Ashland. He served as mayor of Plymouth, and practiced law privately in Plymouth and Ashland. He was professor emeritus at Ashland University, where he taught business law to hundreds of students for more than 30 years. Eric served as an acting judge in Ashland Municipal Court, and most recently, was appointed clerk of Ashland Municipal Court.

He loved his family beyond measure, cooking extravagant meals for friends and strangers, trains, history and the civil war era, astrology and photography, fishing, crossword puzzles, kilts and trips to Mohican State Park, Maumee State Park and Frankfort, Mich. Those who knew Eric knew him for his loyalty to the Michigan Wolverines and many will remember his pride in wearing the only Wolverines jersey in a room of Buckeye jerseys.

Most of all, Eric was and will forever be known as a selfless man, whose purpose in life was to help anyone in need. No project was too large, no cause was too small, no problem was too challenging for Eric. His generous and giving heart will be forever remembered and missed immensely.

Eric is survived by his wife, Debra; daughter Megan Edwards and son Matthew (Erika Eynon) Akers; brother Richard (Ellen) Akers; sister Marianne (Robert) Young; granddaughters Natalie, Emelia, Jocelyn Edwards and Violet Akers; father-in-law and mother-in-law George and JoAnne Fessenmeyer; brother-in-law and best friend, James Fessenmeyer; sister-in-law Christine (Robert) Hill; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and countless friends.

The family will receive visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Peace Lutheran Church, 1360 Smith Road, Ashland. Services will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2018, at Peace Lutheran Church, with interment to follow. Heyl Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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Craig Whitmore
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
I was stunned to hear of Eric’s passing. Please know that you have my most sincere sympathy in this time of grief.

Bill and Sue Linson
   Posted Sun March 11, 2018
Deb: Sue and I were so sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. I counted him as a good friend, and always enjoyed our work together at Municipal Court. I admired his advocacy for his clients and looked forward to his defense efforts. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill and Sue Linson

Dave and Jo Chorpening
   Posted Sun March 11, 2018
The family has our deepest sympathy. We were fortunate to see Eric on March 1, at the Celebration of Life Service for Paul Chorpening. So happy we were able to tell him how much we appreciated his handling of Paul's estate.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

The family is in our thoughts and prayers,
Dave & Jo

Rene Vance
   Posted Mon March 12, 2018
My dear Megan,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kathy and Jack Vanosdall
   Posted Mon March 12, 2018


We were so sorry to hear about Eric. Our sympathy to your family during this difficult time.

Jack and Kathy Vanosdall

Ben Adelman
   Posted Mon March 12, 2018


Arthur Elk
   Posted Mon March 12, 2018


To Debbie Akers and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I had lunch with Eric last week in Ashland. I could tell from the long conversation that he was devoted to you and the kids. Eric will be missed by all of us. Sincerely, Arthur and Jody Elk

Kristie Hale
   Posted Mon March 12, 2018

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Charley and Kristie Hale.

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Love, The Hale Family

Allison Schumacher
   Posted Mon March 12, 2018


Carol and Tom Harry
   Posted Tue March 13, 2018
Debbie and family,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband and the father of your children. We send our deepest sympathy to all of you and may God Bless you with willful strength in the coming days, weeks and years. We know you will be blessed with wonderful memories of all the fun times and those will remain in your hearts forever.

Love to all
Carol and Tom

Cindy Dinovo
   Posted Tue March 13, 2018
My deepest condolences on the passing of Eric. I got to know Eric through our work as Municipal Court Clerks. It was my pleasure to have known him.

Laurie Endly, Clerk of Court
   Posted Tue March 13, 2018
I considered Eric an excellent clerk of court and a valuable colleague. I will miss his wisdom and friendship. I am sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

Brian K. Linke
   Posted Sat March 17, 2018
A shadow flits before me
Not thou, but like to thee:
Ah Christ that it was possible
For one short hour to see
The souls we loved, that they might tell us
What and where they be.

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

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