August 10, 2015

Darrel D. Van Ackern

Van AckernDarrel D. Van Ackern age 67 of Dorchester passed away August 9, 2015.  He was born with his twin sister  Carol Van Ackern in a pick-up truck on Bennett Road.  Proud Army (Vietnam) veteran of 24 years.  Beloved Husband, Father, brother and friend, passed away too soon.  He honorably served his country and retired with the rank of SFC.  Tour of duties include Vietnam, Marshal Islands, Colorado, Germany and many other bases in the U.S. and around the world.  He was a Farmland employee for 21 years.  Darrel was a loving, loyal, hard working husband, father and great friend.  He had a great sense of humor and loved to joke around.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Liane Van Ackern, his siblings, John (Kathy) Van Ackern of Nebraska; Louis (Lois) Van Ackern of Arizona; twin sister, Carol Van Ackern, Bonnie (Dave) Sierks both of Nebraska; Barbara (Dave) Funkhouser of Missouri; Mary (Verlin) Homolka of Nebraska.  Children, Chris (Melinda) Van Ackern; Randy (Charlene) Van ACkern; Vicky (Tony) Simmons; Steven (Raven) Van Ackern all of Alabama.  Step children, Luise Klein; Jeanie (Alex) Domkowski both of Germany.  Kathy Hernandez; Rosa (Jeff) Dornan both of Nebraska and Manuela Poor of Florida.  17 Grandchildren, 1 great grandchild.  Nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Van Ackern, his mother, Grace Van Ackern and a brother Robert Van Ackern.  You will forever be greatly missed.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home with military services provided by the Nebraska Army National Guard.

Memorials to the family.


  1. So sorry of your lost.
    I have known Darrel all my life. What a great guy he was.The Rieds Kids send you our prayers.
    Peggy(Ried) Frech

  2. Liane and family:

    I am so very saddened to hear of Darrel’s passing. He was such a good neighbor and I could tell he was a hard-working provider all his life. He was taken too soon. I wish I could have known him for a longer time because he was one of the good ones!

    I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers and will greatly miss seeing Darrel in our neighborhood.

    Jamie Karl


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