[Tall-Corn] Alan Ackley Passes Away at age 79

rjray at q.com rjray at q.com
Thu Dec 31 18:34:09 UTC 2020

Greetings Federation Family. It is once more with heavy heart that we must
tell you of the passing of

A long time friend and member of the Des moines Chapter NFBI, Alan Ackley.
Alan joined the chapter in 1974 and has been an active member ever since.
Whether he was helping on chapter projects or doing his best to keep up with
repairing of Perkins Braillers, he has played a vital role in the community.


Below is the article that appeared in the Des Moines Register on December
30, 2020. Please keep Alan's family and all of his friends in your thoughts
and prayers as we bring this difficult year to a close.


Bob Ray


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Subject: Article from Des Moines Register Online Obituaries Section 2020 12


Alan Keith Ackley. Alan Keith Ackley Alan K. Ackley, 79, loving husband,
father and grandfather, died unexpectedly at his home on December 24, 2020,
in Des Moines, Iowa. Born July 2, 1941 in Des Moines, to Wayne and Karen
Ackley, Alan attended Des Moines schools and graduated from Theodore
Roosevelt High School in 1959. He attended Drake University with Linda Lou
Haney. The two married in September 1964. Alan had an enthusiasm for
mechanical things - especially Braille machines. It was when Alan began work
at the Iowa Department for the Blind in 1974 that he found his calling. His
orientation training (wearing sleep shades as blinders the first few weeks)
triggered Alan's passion for Braille and his lifelong interest in Braille
machines. Alan even became a National Library Service-certified Braille
Transcriber. In the mid-70s, Alan started Ackley Appliance Service (aka
Braillerman), his own Perkins Brailler repair company. At the time of his
passing, Alan had reconditioned thousands of Braillers for individuals,
schools, and agencies in nearly every state. Alan is survived by his son
Steven Ackley (Elizabeth), granddaughters Madison and Sabrina Ackley,
brother James (Donna) Ackley, sister-in-law Carolyn (James) Shaffer, as well
as beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in
death by his parents, Karen and Wayne Ackley, his wife Linda Lou Ackley, his
brother R. Steven Ackley, and his son David Alan Ackley. A memorial service
will be coordinated at a future date to celebrate Alan's life. Memorial
contributions may be made to National Federation for the Blind (NFB). .
Published in the Des Moines Register from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2020. . 

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