John Ackerman


June 7, 1924 - April 22, 2018


John Ackerman, 93, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, April 26 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8:00 PM Wednesday with a 7:30 PM Scripture Service at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

John Henry Ackerman was born June 7, 1924, in rural Iona, MN, to George and Mary (Ebbers) Ackerman.  His father died when he was six years old.  Mary’s brother, Bill Ebbers, moved in with the family to assist with the farm.  In 1935 the family moved into Iona.  John attended country school at St. Columba School in Iona, and then worked as a truck driver until he enlisted in the Navy in December 1942.  John served in the Pacific Theater on the USS Mitchell (DE-43).  This ship earned the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with eight stars; the Marianas, Western Carolinas, Iwo Jima, Okinawas, Luzon, Operations, Ballikpapan NEI, and strikes against Japan.    Following his honorable discharge in December 1945, he worked in the electrical trade, which he learned in the Navy. He joined the IBEW Local Union 426 in 1948, and has been a member for 70 years.

John married Constance “Connie” Genevieve Traupel on May 28, 1949 at Holy Family Church in Mitchell, SD and made their home in Pickstown, SD. John worked for various contractors during the construction of Fort Randall Dam until its completion in 1956. He then worked for the Corps of Engineers, retiring as the power plant superintendent in August 1984.  Prior to moving to Mitchell in 1996, John enjoyed working at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Lake Andes. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 282, VFW 3239, and NARFE. He was a charter member of VFW Post 9680 in Iona, MN.  He has always taken special enjoyment from his family, their families, friends, helping everyone with their projects, and his life’s work as an electrician. He loved gardening, caring for the yard, and being a grandpa "taxi driver".   He loved traveling to his Navy reunions all over the United States and to Arizona for the past 40 years.  His strong faith in God was an integral part of how he lived his life.  He will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Connie, Mitchell; three daughters, Maryl Hatwan, Mitchell, Barbara (Thomas) Vasquez, Scottsdale, AZ, and Ladonna Kniffen, Yankton; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Marcella Fury, Fulda, MN; daughters-in-law Betty Sue Ackerman, Hope Mills, NC and Judy Ackerman, Fairmont, MN; and brother-in-law James Traupel, Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his sons Michael and James Ackerman; great-granddaughter Rayne Hatwan; brother Joseph Ackerman; sisters Evelyn Lucker, Rosella Lucker, and Agnes Bruns; and son-in-law Bruce Kniffen.



Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
7:30 PM Scipture Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, April 26, 2018
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Bonnie Simmermon on May 2, 2018
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of John!! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time in I always thought the world of John and Connie--they are such nice people¡
Posted by bob vacek on April 30, 2018
Ackerman family, sorry to hear of your loss. will always remember the people of pickstown and the great years i spent there.the Ackerman family, the blue house on missouri drive!
Posted by JoAnn Spartz Biren on April 26, 2018
My Dad, Bob Spartz, was one of the “Iona Boys” who with Johnny Ackerman attended St. Columba and I’m thinking from some of the stories I’ve heard through the years, might have added some gray hair to their Mom’s hairdo. They were men of integrity and didn’t keep their Catholic faith at arm’s length. He will be missed. Eternal rest grant onto him O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon him.
Posted by Jim Richardson on April 26, 2018
What a great man. Offer me a job at the dam in Pickstown about 40 years ago. Wish I would have taken it.
Posted by Nancy smith on April 26, 2018
My prayers are with you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Michelle Muller on April 26, 2018
Barbara and Tom, I was sorry to read of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers..
Posted by Colleen Tegels DeJong on April 26, 2018
Maryl, so very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Posted by Brenda Masouras on April 25, 2018
my deepest sympathy to the ackerman family.i met john

my deepest sympathy to the ackerman family. may god hold you in his arms and comfort you during this time of sorrow.
Posted by Norma Hill on April 25, 2018
Connie was my maid if honor. We. We're in

Connie was my maid of honor. They ca e to our golden wedding anniversary in 1998
Posted by Mary Kirwan Westendorf on April 25, 2018
Tom and I sent our heartfelt sympathy to your family. Having been a part of our lives for all my life, I hurt for your loss - and for ours. John was a wonderful man of God. Blessings to each of you. Sending my love.
Posted by Bill Thompson on April 25, 2018
John was a friend. John will be missed by all who knew him. He did things the right way. RIP.
Posted by Patty (Vacek) Decker on April 25, 2018
Maryl, grade school and high school classmate and family, my memories of your father, our families, and our “growing up together” are numerous and very heartfelt. This kind of loss is so sad—-I’m just happy for those wonderful memories!!!! My love for ALL of you!
Posted by Dick & Kay Bailey on April 25, 2018
our sympathy to all the family upon the loss of one so dear to each of you.
Posted by Dick & Kay Bailey on April 25, 2018
Sympathy's to all the family upon the loss of one so dear to each of you..
a very kind and honorable man who leaves many special memories for those who
who knew him through the years.
Posted by Mike Dressler on April 25, 2018
What a great man!! Prayers to the family. RIP John..
Posted by Rita Peshek Kietzmann on April 25, 2018
Sending my sympathy to all of you. I have many good memories of the Ackerman family who were our neighbors and good friends while growing up in Pickstown. My thoughts are with all of you.
Posted by Rita Svatos on April 24, 2018
My sympathy to all of the family ! My God wrap his arms around all of you & give u strength!🙏🏻
Posted by Judy Koger on April 24, 2018
Sending hugs as you honor your father and celebrate his life and love. I never got to meet him, but he must have been a wonderful Dad. He has left you the very best memories, to treasure and honor forever. May he Rest In Peace, with God.
Posted by Dave and Penny Crawford on April 24, 2018
John was an interesting and lively man. He was so knowledgeable about many things. He could fix any thing and liked helping. It is no wonderful he was mentally alert for his loved ones. We are thinking of you all with love.
Posted by Janet Wolf on April 24, 2018
Barb...My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! I am so sad to hear about your dad! Please take care! Lots of Hugs! Janet Wolf
Posted by Ed and Martha Morgan on April 24, 2018
Dear Barb and family,

Ed and I were so saddened to learn of your Father’s death this week. Please know that we are thinking of you and sending you our heartfelt sympathy.

The loss of your Father comes as a painful blow. To bury your parent is to bury a substantial part of your past -- and that is a significant loss. It’s hard to see your Dad go to a better place, but what a good life he lived and what a fine legacy he leaves behind. At the heart of your family your Dad’s words and actions was the language of love and whose actions built a lasting foundation! Please know as painful and difficult as this time is, may you find comfort in the certainty that your father will always be with you…. And that all you shared together will forever be a part of your life.
May the comfort of your beautiful family, faith, friends and wonderful memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time and that you'll come to find, in the lovely words of Hugh Robert Orr:

"They are not dead who live in lives they leave behind. In those whom they have blessed, they live a life again, and shall live through the years eternal life, and shall grow each day more beautiful, as time declares their good, forgets the rest, and proves their immortality."

Wishing you peace and healing,

Love you! Hugs

Ed and Martha

With each new sunrise we wish you peace!
Posted by Carrie Ackerman-Rice on April 24, 2018
I am sorry for your loss. I was honored to have known John (and Connie) when they lived in Pickstown. John always treated me kindly. He was intrigued with my last name. We tried to trace his family roots and came to the conclusion that he would have been my dad's 4th cousin. RIP in peace kind man.
Posted by Marsha Renquist Jaeger on April 24, 2018
I was so sorry to read of John's death. I always enjoyed visiting with John and Connie at the Pickstown reunions. My deepest sympathy to Connie and family!
Posted by Jason K Dossett on April 24, 2018
You'll be missed Dearly John!!! RIP
Posted by Carol Thompson on April 24, 2018
Rest In Peace John. You will be sorely missed. It was an honor knowing you!
Posted by Doug Bruns on April 24, 2018
Well said with slot of great accomplishment. Great man, who will be missed by all.
Posted by Rev. Dr. Howard E. Hart on April 24, 2018
Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life." John 11:25 Rest in Peace, John
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