Obituary for Paul X Ackerman Jr

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Paul X Ackerman Jr

August 20, 1952 - November 20, 2015

Paul X. Ackerman, Jr., age 63, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, November 20, 2015 at his home in Brown County.

Paul was born August 20, 1952, in Camp Atterbury to Paul X. and Lois A (Dowell) Ackerman Sr. He was a 1971 graduate of Martinsville High School and went on to study English at Indiana University.

Paul was proud to serve his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Marine Corps. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and was also a drill instructor while at Parris Island, South Carolina. During his service, he was part of their High Power Rifle team. He was on the National Championship Team for two years, achieving three National Records with his service rifle. He was also recognized by President Gerald Ford for his expert marksmanship.

Paul enjoyed watching NASCAR, philosophical reading and traveling. One of his favorite memories was taking a road trip out west with his son and his band.

His family and friends loved spending time and learning from Paul. His laid back, easy going, and gentle personality were a natural attraction to many. He taught his children to work hard and to have faith that, regardless of the situation, everything would work out. It was important that his family understands that most things in life could be handled with just the right presentation.

Paul had lifelong ties to Brown County and built his home himself there on the land that has been in his family for four generations. His creative side led him to creating woodworking and metal projects for his family.

Paul's true passion was his family. He was a devoted father, brother, and son and will be missed by his mother, Lois Ackerman of Brown County; children, Marcia (Peter) Kalat of California, Paula (Andrew) Zurbuch of Bloomington, Paul Ackerman III, of Bloomington, Ashley (Aaron) Chandler of Brown County, and Carie (Cory) Kelsheimer of Terre Haute; sister, Debra (Mike) Fishel of Martinsville, 9 grandchildren, and a large loving extended family.

Paul was preceded in death by his father.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25th followed by military rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Paul to the American Lung Association 115 West Washington Street Ste. 1180-South, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Condolences may be sent to the Ackerman family at

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: August 20, 1952
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Steve & Cindy Kunkel posted on 1/1/00

Sorry for your loss. May he Rest in Peace. May the Lord comfort his loved ones and friends.


Keith Gray posted on 1/1/00

Lois and Debbie and family: My condolences to you both and Pauls family at his passing. Being a classmate in 1971, Paul always had that BIG smile and was the jokester in his day; always had a comment of something whether good or bad. Played baseball with him many a time; quite a character and will always remember Paul as a friend and classmate. Lost track of him until just recently Keith Gray Class of 1971 MHS


sue Drury-Boyd posted on 1/1/00

Debbie, Terribly sorry, He was a handsome young man. I know you did everything and more than you possibly could for him. God Bless him and you and your family.


Tony & Francie Burns posted on 1/1/00

Lois, Debbie & Family, We send our deepest sympathy. We have so many wonderful memories from Jordan Road. Riding bikes, fishing, lots of fun from those years gone by. Especially, the dare devil show in the back yard and the time Paul put Debbie in Paul Sr.'s handcuffs. Childhood memories that will be cherished forever.


Kathy Curry posted on 1/1/00

Dear Ackerman family I'm so sorry for your loss. Paul was a good friend and we spent a lot of time together. He was very proud of his dad and we made many trips to Mt. Nebo to his dad's grave. Years later our children were classmates and he was a great and involved father. He talked to me for hours about his time in the service and being a D.I. he did much to be proud of. When I have thought of Paul over the years one of the things I remember the most is his wish to be a dentist. He will be missed.