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Harold Lee Ackley
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Obituary for Harold Lee Ackley

Harold L. Ackley age 75 of Fredericksburg, IA, died Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass.

Friends may greet the family 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in NEW HAMPTON where there will be a 7:00 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday.

Harold L. Ackley was born June 12, 1942 in Rockford, Iowa the son of Arthur Eugene and Mona Mae (Evans) Ackley. At a young age the family moved to New Hampton, Iowa. Harold attended Country school east of New Hampton then graduated from New Hampton High School in 1960.

Harold married his high school sweetheart Patricia Kay Yearling on July 4, 1963 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton, Iowa. Harold and Pat have two sons and a daughter.

Harold worked during and after high school at Cutlers Grocery in New Hampton then moved to Millard’s Jack and Jill where he eventually became manager. He purchased Ackley’s Market (formerly Barker’s Grocery) and moved to his present home east of Fredericksburg in 1973. Harold and Pat ran the local grocery store for 28 years until selling in 2001. Harold then worked at Featherlite Inc. for seven years before retiring in 2008. After retirement, Harold kept busy visiting and making friends. He regularly attended coffee at All Stop, church, and other local community events.

Harold had a passion for animals. He raised and showed quality registered paint horses for many years including a World and Reserve World Champion. Everyone in the family was involved and enjoyed showing horses along with him. Many lifelong friendships were made. Harold also shared a special bond with his dog, Toots.

Harold is survived by his wife, Pat; two sons, Mike (Dixie) Ackley of Eureka, IL and Mark (Candy) Ackley of Fredericksburg; one daughter, Susan (Scott) Reynolds of Davenport; his mother, Mona Ackley of New Hampton; six grandchildren, Bryson (Beth) Ackley, Madelyn Ackley, Georgia Ackley, Chelsie (Kyle) Flanagan, Aaron Reynolds, Eric Reynolds; five great-grandchildren, Owen & Griffin Flanagan, Grayson & Levi Ackley, Hayden Ackley; one sister, Karen (Jordy) Pratt of New Hampton; six sisters-in-law, Alice Konig of Allison, IA, Jane (Andrew) Urness of St. Paul, Betty (Art) Swenson of Mesa, AZ, Dianne Polacheck of Mesa, AZ, Mary Yearling of Omaha, Nancy (Russ) Wegner of Fredericksburg.

He was preceded in death by his father; one sister, Pennie (Eldon) Rethamel; sister-in-law, Phyllis (Wilbur) Schoonover.


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