Ben Akkerman, of Mora, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 9, 2014. He was 30 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mora (301 E. Forest Ave, Mora MN 55051) with Rev. Douglas Larson officiating.
VISITATION will be held 2 hour prior to the service at the church, beginning at 11:00 am.
INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Memorials are preferred
Benjamin “Ben” James Akkerman was born on October 19, 1983 in Mora, MN, the oldest son of Grace and James Akkerman.
Ben attended Mora public schools and graduated from high school in 2002. He excelled in academics and sports; he was a special star in football and track.
He earned an academic scholarship to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and entered the Engineering Department. He discovered that sitting behind a desk was not what he was all about, and decided, after a couple of years, to enter the workplace.
He discovered a special talent for sales and became quickly and deeply successful. He has worked for a number of national organizations; most recently as a mortgage broker with Pacific Union in Blaine, MN and an Enterprise Sales Representative for Sprint.
Ben lived in Andover with his fiancé Ashley Hauf, a sales associate with Keller Williams in Minneapolis. They were to be married in the fall of 2015.
Benjamin James Akkerman passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Mora. He was 30 years old.
He is survived by his father James Akkerman and wife Wendy of Mora, by his mother Grace Akkerman of Mora, by his sister Jessie Stevens and her husband Danny of Redmond, Oregon, by his brothers Matthew of Andover and Abraham Stewart of Jerome, Arizona. He will be deeply missed also by his many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
Ben was one of those rare and special individuals who knew exactly who he was and what he wanted. He shared his life, his heart and his feelings with his family and friends. Few of us are wise enough to clearly recognize and appreciate the gifts we’ve been given. One of those few was Ben, whose favorite thing to say, sometimes on a daily basis was: “I love my life!”
A Funeral Service will be held at1:00 pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Doug Larson officiating. Visitation will be held 2 hours prior to the service at the church, beginning at 11:00 am. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.