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
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!
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.
Douglas W ACKLEY-2243 and Shirley Jean DICKOVER-2244 had the following children: