Obituary: James Lee Ackerman


NAUGATUCK — Mr. James Lee Ackerman, 72, of Naugatuck, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 in the VITAS Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Janice (Eppler) Ackerman.

Mr. Ackerman was born in Scranton, Pa., a son of the late Paul George and Hannah (Schumacher) Ackerman and stepson of the late June (Hausman) Ackerman. He was retired from Remington Arms as a security shift supervisor lieutenant and was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Naugatuck. He also formerly worked at Bridgeport Hospital and as a fireman, policeman and EMT. He enjoyed fishing, fly fishing and teaching fly tying and was a member of Trout Unlimited.

Mr. Ackerman proudly served his country in active duty from 1961-64 during the Vietnam War and Cuban Missle Crisis as a member of the United States Navy.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ackerman is survived by two daughters, Carrie Lynn Hale and her husband, Doug, of Naugatuck and Heather Lawlor and her husband, Fran, of Naugatuck; a son, Matthew Ackerman and his wife, Lily, of Danbury; two sisters, JoAnn Hajjar of California and Janet Randall of Missouri; two brothers, Paul George Ackerman of Long Island, N.Y. and John Ackerman of Pennsylvania, six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Jeffrey Ackerman.

Funeral services for Mr. Ackerman will be held on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church, 14 Salem St., Naugatuck. Family and friends are asked to please meet directly at the church. Military honors will be presented at the church immediately following the services. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held at the Prospect Memorial Funeral Home, 72 Waterbury Road, Prospect on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the American Cancer Society, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708

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