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I’m writing this letter in honor of my father, James Harland Ackley.
My dad, James, is the son of Nettie and Harland Ackley. He was raised
in Germfask, Mich. From the time he was a young boy he was a hard
accomplished worker. He did what he could to “survive” as he says. He
worked for John Zellar, Stan Zellar, Lund’s Services and the Schoolcraft
County Road Commission all day, every day to make sure his loving and
caring wife and three spoiled daughters had whatever they wanted. He
worked hard multiple jobs, long days and long years.
His love is what is unconditional, and he would give you the shirt off his
back. He has helped the neighbors on the block by shoveling and plowing
snow; and mowing grass, asking nothing in return. He made sure every
holiday that the elderly woman across the street got a hot meal and had
company, even if it meant leaving his family for an hour.
His love for his wife, Marianne, is a love that one is to desire. I watch
him watch her when she’s not looking. I hear his love for her in his voice, I
see him reach for her love when he is scared out of his mind. I have seen
him cry and want nothing but the love of his life and I see his fear when he
talks about not being able to grow old with her. It is a true love of 37 years.
His love for his grandchildren is the most amazing kind of love, every
child should be so lucky to experience. Even in his most awful days, he
finds the courage to be strong, to show them bravery and strength, never
appearing weak, but I know better. But, I also know how much he loves
each and every one of them with all his heart and soul.
My dad is my hero, he is my and our lifeline, he’s what hold us together.
Everyone who has a dad knows that their dad is the greatest, otherwise
there wouldn’t be a million “My Dad’s The Greatest” coffee mugs in the
world. But to me, he is heart, soul, life, he’s my greatest hero, and I will
always be his little girl.
So please come and help us show him how much he is loved by at-tending
and supporting Team Ackley on May 30 from 3-9 p.m. at the Elks
Lodge in Manistique. There will be food, entertainment and raffles galore!
I love you dad!
P.S. I would also like to thank everyone who has helped us out so much. You
are all true blessings
MY HERO...MY DAD!