Albert M. Akin, 86, of 61 Pleasant St., Baldwinville, Massachusetts, died peacefully Tuesday, June 28th in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, surrounded by his family.
Born in Pikeville on May 17, 1925, he was the son of Henry and Kitty (Swafford) Akin.
Akin retired from the U.S. Army after serving from 1945 to 1946 and 1949 to 1969. He was last employed as a Farm Manager for 18 years for the Commonwealth of MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, retiring in 1987.
He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Baldwinville. Akin was a hard-working man whose greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family. He enjoyed coin and stamp collecting, all outdoor activities, especially fishing. He also enjoyed reading the Bible. His greatest passion was farming.
He was a World War II, Korean and Vietnam War US Army veteran. He served from 1945 to 1969 and received the Army of Occupation Medal, Marksman Qualification Badge for Pistol, AREM-RVN, ARCSM, ACCM-Germany, GCM 5th AWD, NDSM w/Oak Leaf Cluster, and the WW II Victory Medal.
Akin’s parents, Henry and Kitty Akin, did their share for the United States Government. They had seven sons and loaned five of them to their country where they served in the military.
He was predeceased by two sons, Mark A. Akin and John A. Akin; four brothers, Thomas “ T.R.” Akins, James “Jimmy” Akins, Alva Lewis Akin and Richard Akin; three sisters, Alla Mae Lynn, Irene Seals, and Lorene Roberts.
He leaves his wife of 59 years, Jeannette E. (Provencher) Akin of Baldwinville, Massachusetts; two sons, Jeffrey P. Akin and his wife Lisa of Wichita, Kansas, Michael J. Akin and his wife Carrie of Baldwinville, Massachusetts; five daughters, Karen J. Harris and her husband George of Waterford, New York, Patricia A. Hartsfield and her husband Steve of Keithville, Lousiana, Mary E. Kelly and her husband Dan of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Susan T. Wojcian and her husband Steve of Richmond Hill, Georgia, Janet C. Cubas and her husband Alex of Navarre, Florida; two brothers, Henry C. “H.C.” Akin and his wife Helen of Pikeville, Joe Akin and his wife Sharma of Catlettsburg, Kentucky; one sister, Marie Myers of Pikeville; 16 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Lois Akin of Knoxville, Iowa, Elsie Akin of Dayton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
All funeral services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Burial will be in the MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon. Flowers are to be omitted. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 114 Merriam Avenue, Leominster, MA 01453.
Arrangements were made by Boucher Funeral Home in Massachusetts.