BENJAMIN J. AKKERMAN

B. Akkerman webphotoBen 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.

59 guestbook entries for BENJAMIN J. AKKERMAN

  1. Graham medellin August 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    I am at a loss for words. I have so many fond memories with Ben. He was such a great positive person. My condolences to all family and friends. May peace be with you. Rest easy brother .

  2. Tana Thomasson August 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    To Grace, Ashley, Rus, Jesse, Danny, Matt, Jim & Wendy,
    Roger and I are so incredibly sorry for your loss. It is so sad to think we will never see that smile again. We still remember seeing him ride ATVs as a kid and then to have seen him recently, all grown and engaged and beyond happy… The same beautiful smile and easygoing attitude, great sense of humor. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and I hope you can find some solace in seeing how much he seemed to touch everyone he met. A remarkable young man. We love you,
    Tana & Roger

  3. Nate Fisher August 14, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    My deepest sympathies to the Akkerman Family, Ashley, and friends. I’m so grateful that I had a chance to know him, and I’ll never forget the times we shared over the years. He was a good person and true at heart. His memory will live on with me always. Love ya buddy.

  4. Josh Kennedy August 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    I just reconnected with Ben on his new job at sprint. We had worked together in the years past. His out look on life was always over flowing. Ben always had a bright look and the smarts to back his next idea for the future. You will be missed and glad that I knew you when I did. cheers Ben.

    Josh-

  5. Melissa Holmes VanderVegt August 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    I went to daycare with Ben at Joyce Bagne’s years ago & have a lot of memories of him. I will never forget when he got his head stuck in the metal railing & her husband had to bend the bars apart to get him out, the look on his face was priceless. Thinking of and praying for the whole Akkerman family during this difficult time!

  6. Jeff Czyson August 14, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    I got to know Ben through our annual golf outing in Cable, WI. Ben joined our group of 16 and he was well-liked immediately! He had a natural way of commanding attention without ever asking for it. People were drawn to his fun, engaging personality and no matter who they were he always seemed to enjoy the company. A great guy and a good friend, gone far too soon. I will miss you, Ben.

  7. David Woodbury August 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    I hired Ben when I launched the Coon Rapids store for Verizon Wireless. Ben was an exceptional salesman, one of the best. He also introduced me to the idea of the franchise model with verizon and we had discussions about partnering. Ultimately timing wasn’t right for Ben, but I left and ended up building 18 stores of which have been a catalyst to other businesses. One of those businesses is eatiply which fights hunger and has helped provide over 600,000 meals to people in need. My point is, that Ben was the instigator of this crazy adventure I’ve been on. Life is short no matter how you look at it, unfortunately for us Ben’s was shorter than most. But Ben left a lasting impact and that is something many of us gifted with more years should strive to emulate. Ultimately I remember Ben as vibrant and full of life, dreams, and ambition. To me that’s a life well lived.

  8. Deb (Rypkema) Michaud August 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    Dear Grace and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It’s never easy to lose someone you love, but to lose a child is devastating. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Deb

  9. Harlan and Lisa Gilbertson August 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Dear Grace and Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all. May you be blessed with many amazing memories to cherish in your heart forever.
    In sadness,
    The Gilbertson’s

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