Ninth Generation


6586. Douglas W ACKLEY was born on 21 April 1923 in Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States.2306,3832,3859,4551 On 9 February 1943he Enlisted in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States2306 Douglas W Ackley
Name:
Douglas W Ackley
Birth Year: 1923
Race: White, citizen
Nativity State or Country: Washington
State: Washington
County or City: Clark

Enlistment Date: 9 Feb 1943
Enlistment State: Washington
Enlistment City: Tacoma
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Master, Ship or Mail Clerk (Clerk, postal or mail. ) or Personnel Clerk or Traffic Rate Clerk or Dispatcher, Motor Vehicle
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 68
Weight: 162
He died on 3 January 2014 at the age of 90 in Medford, Jackson, Oregon, United States.4551 His Obituary appeared in the The Juneau Empire on 9 January 2014 in Juneau, Juneau, Alaska, United States Douglas Ackley passed away in Medford, OR on January 3, 2014 due to complications from a blocked artery in his leg. Douglas was born on April 21, 1923 in Vancouver, WA, to Blaine and Myrtle Ackley, and was the youngest of four siblings, including Norman, Rachel and Coburn. He married Shirley Dickover on September 6, 1947 in Portland, OR, and they remained married for 65 years.

Douglas was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, his wife Shirley, Molly, his daughter who survived only 36 hours, and his grandson Cedar. He is survived by his son David Richard Ackley (and wife, Lynn Ate) and daughter, Deborah Anne Ackley (and husband, David Pfenning.) as well as two granddaughters, Brianna and Raineka Ackley.

After graduating from high school, Douglas took drafting courses at Washington State College (Pullman, WA), and worked at various jobs for the Bonneville Power Administration. He eventually followed in his father's footsteps and became an architect, but was delayed on this course by World War II. Douglas wrote a book about his experiences flying in a B17 bomber as a top turret gunner and engineer entitled Twenty-Seven and a Half Missions in the Fifteenth Air Force, which recounted the year he spent behind enemy lines in rural Italy after being shot down.

Douglas moved his young family to Fairbanks, AK in 1956 and became an architect with Alaska Architectural and Engineering. In 1968, he took a job with Olson and Sands in Juneau which over the years became Sands and Ackley, Ackley and Jensen, and then Ackley and Associates. Douglas' firm designed schools, banks, libraries and civic buildings across the state, including Juneau's Centennial Hall, the Juneau airport, and the UAS Library.

Douglas thoroughly enjoyed Alaska, exploring the wilderness, camping and hunting in the Interior, and roaming the waters of Southeast Alaska in several boats, his favorite of which was the 50' Shenandoah. He was active in the Juneau Yacht Club for many years. He also experienced the less pleasant side of Alaska, helping survey the damage from the 1964 earthquake in Anchorage, and surviving the 1967 flood in Fairbanks, which left 4 ½ feet of water in his house.

Retirement took him to Scottsdale, AZ for several years, however, he and Shirley moved back to the northwest in Medford, OR where they lived at the Rogue Valley Manor and made many more fast friends. Douglas enjoyed photography, skiing, snowshoe baseball (in Fairbanks), travelling, lawn bowling, fishing, and writing. Some of his personal memoirs include stories of growing up in Depression-era Portland, experiences in World War II, and a narration of living through the devastating flood that hit Fairbanks in 1967. He was a member of Kiwanis, Rotary, and Toastmasters.

As with his wife, Shirley, before him, his death brought on by health complications was unexpected, and there will always be an empty place in our hearts due to his passing. Douglas served in the military Fifteenth Air Force WW II in the US Army.2306 He was living in Medford, Jackson, Oregon, United States.3859

Douglas W ACKLEY and Shirley Jean DICKOVER were married on 6 September 1947 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.3832,3859 Shirley Jean DICKOVER, daughter of Richard Rupert DICKOVER and Nellie Mildred HUGHES, was born on 26 May 1927 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.3832,3859 She died from pneumonia on 10 November 2012 at the age of 85 in Medford, Jackson, Oregon, United States.245 Her Death Notice appeared in the Mail Tribune on 13 November 2012 Shirley Ackley Shirley Ackley, 85, of Medford, Ore., passed away Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives, 541-770-6505. Her Obituary appeared in the Mail Tribune Shirley was born May 26, 1927, to Richard and Mildred Dickover in Portland Ore. She graduated from Washington H. S. in 1945. Shirley attended the University of Washington where she met Douglas Ackley. Their marriage vows were performed in Portland on September 6, 1947 - 65 years ago!
 
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; Molly, her daughter who survived only 36 hours; and her grandson, Cedar. She is survived by her husband; her son, David Richard Ackley (and wife Lynn Ate); and daughter, Deborah Anne Ackley (and husband, David Pfenning); as well as two granddaughters, Brianna and Raineka.
 
After her marriage, Shirley worked as a cashier for United Airlines and office machine operator for the Texas Co. She moved with her family to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1956. She was a full-time homemaker, part-time office store clerk, member of the Fairbanks garden club; member of P. E. O.; and secretary of the Republican Women's Club, as well as a member of Eastern Star. Thirteen years later the family moved to Juneau where she added the task of managing the hospital gift shop. When Doug retired, they moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. where they lived for seven years before moving to Medford, Ore. in 2002.
Shirley loved generously and showed an elegant pioneering spirit. She enjoyed boating, fishing, and crabbing in southeast Alaska. She loved horse riding and ballet when she was young, skiing during her middle years, and tai-chi and line dancing when she grew older.

Her death, brought on by complications due to pneumonia, was unexpected, and there will always be an empty place in our hearts due to her passing.

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Molly ACKLEY died Infant.913