In Memory Of
Patrick B. Ackels
The City of Ovid and the local community at large lost one of it’s biggest assets, supporters and cheerleaders when councilman Pat Ackels passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 10th at the age of 52.
Mr. Ackels was first elected to public office as a member to the Charter Commission that oversaw Ovid transitioning from a village to a city by receiving the most votes of all nine people elected. He then ran for City Council as a trustee when Ovid’s new City Charter was passed in 2015 and again was voted in, also garnering the largest number of votes. He had previously served on the village’s planning commission since 2009 and volunteered for many years on the annual Carriage Days festivities.
Always with a smile on his face, a positive attitude and a joke to tell he was known and liked by hundreds all across Mid-Michigan. He touched many people in many different ways. He was a hard worker in all the different endeavors he took on in life and did anything for anyone who needed a helping hand.
Pat supported his community and enjoyed giving back to it in many ways. He loved his friends and neighbors and believed in people while always caring, giving and trying to find some way to help out in making their lives better.
He is survived by his daughter Lindsey Ackels of Grand Rapids, MI; Lindsey’s mother, Amy Dickenson of Lansing, MI; companion Darlene Medore of Ovid, brothers; Walter and Maureen Ackels of St. Louis, MO and Paul Ackels of Florida; stepfather Richard Grinnell of Ovid, step brothers and sisters; Paul Grinnell of Ovid, Paullett and Ron VanLake of Bannister, and Penny Grinnell of Ovid along with his bull dog Barkley.
With this spirit in mind, combined with his love for the city he was born and raised in and his steadfast commitment to the continued improvement and beautification of Ovid, his family has set up a memorial for future projects of this nature in the place that he chose to live his life. Checks can be made out to Journey Federal Credit Union in his memory.
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