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Dennis Dean Ackley, 59, died Dec. 14, 2012, in Ketchikan.
He was born in Shelton, Wash., on Oct. 22, 1953. He attended White Cliff Elementary School and Ketchikan High School and earned his GED from the U.S. Navy in 1974.
Mr. Ackley lived in Ketchikan from 1957 to 1973, served in the U.S. Navy on supply ships in the Far East from 1973 to 1976, returned to live in Ketchikan from 1976 to 1995, and moved to Anchorage in 1995 before returning to Ketchikan for good in 1998.
Mr. Ackley worked as a taxi driver, and was a member of the Ketchikan Moose Lodge.
He enjoyed travel, basketball and reading. He also enjoyed and cherished his nephew Tony and niece Dawnielle and their children. He also had a "marvelous sense of humor," was a "good and loyal friend and a wonderful brother," his family writes.
Mr. Ackley was preceded in death by his father, Alexander Ackley; and his mother, Marie Farley.
He is survived by his brother, Richard (Bobbie) Ackley, of Wasilla; sister, Alexis (Tom) Seierup, of Ketchikan; nephew, Tony Ackley and family, of San Antonio; and niece, Dawnielle Seierup, and great-nephew, Dean Seierup, both of Ketchikan.
In honor of Mr. Ackley’s request, a private family gathering was held instead of services. His remains were cremated and will be scattered.