Akkerman-Ingebrand • Mora, MN
320-679-1933

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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121

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 thoughts on “BENJAMIN J. AKKERMAN”

  1. To Ben’s loved ones and friends- I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for peace and comfort to your hearts!♡

  2. Ben was one of the nicest most genuine person I have met. He always came to work with a smile and great attitude. You could not help but like him. Words cannot express how much he will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with Ashley and his family. Please know we are all here you for anything you need.

  3. I am shocked and saddened by the terrible loss of my friend and colleague Ben Akkerman. Ben and I had only worked together at Sprint since April, but his energy, business sense, and good nature gave so much to our relationship and to our team. I am in disbelief that someone so young and full of life could be taken from us. I will miss him greatly, as will all of us who knew him.

  4. I am deeply saddened by this sudden news. I will keep fond memories of Ben in my life. My thoughts, love and prayers are with the whole family. x

  5. I am very shocked and sadened to hear this. I just saw and talked to him on Friday. Have only known him a few months here when he started with Sprint. But I know that everybody that met him really liked him. He was a very nice, smart, optimitstic guy that had a whole lot going for him. He will be missed.

  6. One of my best buddies. I have absolutely no regrets in knowing Ben. I’m devastated to say the least. At a minimum, I’m sure he’s hitting the links with our buddy Bryan Stordahl. Condolences to Akkerman and Hauf families.

  7. We are extremely sorry for your loss Ash and to everyone who knew Ben. We never met him, but saw the happiness he brought to Ash. We will be unable to attend but our thoughts will be with his loved ones.

    God Bless,
    The Duesterhoefts

  8. Ashley; My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family, and fiancé’s family. May the Lord comfort you and give you uncompromising strength.

  9. Thank you Ben for all the good times and memories. To Ashley and Ben’s family, I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending you good healing energy. Ben and I were able to hangout a week ago and it was beautiful. Will miss him. One love.

  10. ” Ben, there’s one in the fairway, now ‘bomb it’ and we’ll be on in two”. “Golf with your friends”, I’ll miss that, thnx for the many rounds.

  11. I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of a great friend that was a awesome person. Ben was a great guy and he was always smiling & laughing whenever no matter what we were doing.. I have a lot of great memories with him from the times we hung out which I will always remember. I know someday that I will see him again and get to hear him laugh as we remember the all the times we hung out…

    Miss you always and forever

  12. Such a shock, I hadn’t seen Ben in years, but he was always a sweet and caring guy. I wish I could be there.
    Condolences to the family and friends!
    Kristine Olson
    Miami, FL

  13. I am so very sorry for your loss. Ben was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

  14. To everyone in the Akkerman family, I am so sorry for the loss of Ben. I have the most wonderful memories of him on one of the Calvary Lutheran Mission Trips. Ben must have been 15 or 16 at that time. Even then, he had a sense of purpose about him. I got to know Ben quite well on this trip and they are memories I still cherish. I have a wonderful picture of him poking his head between two other kids on one of our group pictures. I smile every time I see it!

    Even as an adult, Ben remembered this trip. At a trade show a couple years ago, he met someone I worked with. When asked if he knew me, all he could talk to them about was the mission trip and what a good time he had. It seemed that trip impacted him as well.

    My sympathies to you all. I can only imagine your sadness and disbelief! My thoughts and prayers are with you during these extremely difficult times.

  15. I am sorry to hear about the loss of Ben, from what I remember from school he was a good guy! My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in Peace Ben!

  16. I only knew Ben for a couple of months, but he quickly made an impact on his coworkers here at Sprint, that’s for certain. Super fun guy to be around. My condolences to family and friends.

  17. Ashley, thinking of you during this difficult time. Ben was a great guy for sure. And with that I wish you comfort and precious memories. Prayers out to you and your family……

  18. Dear Jim, Grace, Jessie and Danny, Matt, and Ashley,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ben was a great kid. I loved helping my mom watch him when he was just a little tyke. I can’t imagine the pain that you all are feeling at this time, but please know that I am praying for all of you. I know that my mom loved Ben like a son and I am sure she’s doing the happy dance with Ben up in Heaven at this very moment!

    With love,

    Carin (Bagne) Snell

  19. We are sorry for the loss of Ben. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Akkermans as well as to Ashley. We may not understand the “why” but one thing for certain, God knows. We love u!

  20. We knew Ben thur our son in law and daughter Larry and Karen Ammerman. Ben will truely be missed. Ben was always so happy and a great guy. Sending prayers to you Ashley Hauf and to Ben’s parents..you all are in our thoughts.

  21. Russ and I are sorry to hear this sad news. May angels wrap your family in comfort during this time. You are in our every thought and prayer.

  22. My sympathy and prayers to you, Ashley, and your family and to Ben’s family and friends, Such shock and sadness for you all.

  23. Rod and I are shocked and sad to hear about Ben. We have some great memories with you both that will never be forgotten. Prayers of comfort for you and your families.

  24. SO SAD, Whenever Ben and Nick would get together he would always call me mom (I will miss you Ben) What a great kid!!! There will be another bright star in heaven. Condolences goes out to all the family.. Never forgotten!!!!

  25. To Ben’s family and especially to Ashley and our mutual friend Jamie, we are very saddened by this news. Reading these postings validates that the Ben we knew was how he was in all aspects of his life and in his relationships. We look forward to celebrating the memories he left behind in all of us at the service on Saturday. To Ben: Hold that tee time for me buddy.

  26. Dear Jim, Wendy, Grace and family,

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful Ben. Please know that they are with us always – Our loved ones live on in the vivid memories of the things they taught us. My heart is with you during these most difficult times.

  27. Is been years since I’ve seen him but in school he had a great heart and genuine spirit that was infectious. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families. He will be celebrated by many with great thoughts of his wonderful life

  28. Dear Jim, Wendy, Grace and Akkerman family,

    I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of your beautiful Ben. Please know that they are with us always and are in perfect love now. Our loved ones live on in the vivid memories of the things they taught us. My heart is with you at this most diffuclt time.

  29. Dear Ashley- family & friends- of Ben… we first met Ben & Ashley this July 19 – at Matt & Jenna’s wedding.. but it seemed we already knew them.. Ben was so alive in their tales of weekend fun & incredible friendship. Sorry to you ALL – for this huge loss of your loved one <3 in your lives.

    Grief never ends..but it changes.

    Grief is not weakness , or lack of faith ..

    Grief is the price of LOVE.

    We know Ben will live forever in your broken hearts..<3

    God Bless

  30. To the Akkerman family, my thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have some fun memories of going to daycare with Ben @ Joyce’s house.

  31. My deepest sympathy to the Akkerman family. I only met Ben once but always heard what a wonderful young man he was and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

  32. Jim, I never knew Ben but he sounds wonderful and I wish I had known him.. We are so sorry for your loss and we are also sending our love to the rest of your family–Blanche, Dianne, Larry and Jerry. I know this is hard and we hope God will comfort all of you during this unbelievable time of grief. Mikie, Merlin and Rob Williams family.

  33. I am at a loss for words, which for anybody that knows me, is not too often. For the few months that I have known Ben and Ashley, I enjoyed there company very much and always look forward to their visits. What a loss ! I will miss him and both of you are in my prayers and I hope Ashley and all of Ben’s family are able to find peace in this most difficult time.

  34. Ben was a good friend and a great golfing companion on our annual trip to Cable. I always looked forward to spending time with Ben. Ben was full of life and made a person feel the same. You will be missed my friend.
    Prayers to Ben’s family, and to Ashley

  35. To Ben’s mom and dad, entire family and Ashley,
    I only met Ben in person one time, this past spring and was so taken by his enthusiasm for life, competitiveness, excellence, overall abilities and passion for making everyone’s life around him better that I set up additional time to visit with Ben not only over business but his career as well. We connected instantly. I saw in Ben what our mutual employer, Sprint could really use in the months and years to come in the Twin Cities and our office in particular, told him so and was enaging other Sprint leaders to consider taking Ben through whatever leadership experiences available to build our business around him. As a parent, sibling and fiance, i cannot begin to imagine your loss. Be reassured that whomever Ben came into contact with – over months, years or even over a few business meetings planning our company’s future, he was and will always be THAT SPECIAL – I will remember him forever and pray my rosary for your family every day. My deepest condolences, Tom Johnson/Sprint/St. Louis, MO.

  36. Although we haven’t spent a lot of time together the last few years I will always cherish your friendship and the times I spent with you and Ross.

    You are a good MAN Ben.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Ashley and everyone in your family.

  37. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have such fond of Ben. I am thinking of all of you during this very difficult time

  38. Dear Jim, Wendy, Grace and entire Akkerman family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Even though we’ve been neighbors for many years, we never had the chance to meet or get to know him. It sounds like he was a wonderful man!! We’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    With Our Deepest Sympathy, Ted and Tammy

  39. To the Akkerman family and Ashley, I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Ross and Ben have been friends for a long time, and it was my pleasure to know him.

    While all of our days are numbered, 30 is too soon in every circumstance. It is my sincere hope that you will have support in family and friends in the days and weeks ahead, and that you will find comfort and peace in knowing that while you will miss him for the rest of your days, that he is in the hands of one who loves and does not fail. I wish all of you Peace.

    Danell Gibbins

  40. So sorry for the loss of Ben..a beautiful young man…My prayers to the Akkerman Family, Ashley and friends…Ben will light up the sky at night for us just like he did here on earth…Ben, you will be missed so much…Love you….

  41. Thoughts and prayers go out to all that knew Ben. He was such a sweet guy and will be dearly missed. One of my few older brothers I never had… save a spot and a cold one for me up there bud.

    -Sam

  42. I knew Ben for years working with him at Best Buy, I was always happy to come into work when he was on the same shift as me. My thoughts are with everyone who knew him, a great person.

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