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Clifford Ackerman March 24, 1922 - Jan. 5, 2008

ATWATER -- Clifford James Ackerman, 86, of Atwater, died Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital.

The services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Kandiyohi with burial in the church cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Willmar American Legion and VFW Posts.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's with parish prayers at 7 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service on Friday. Arrangements are by Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.

He was born March 24, 1922, on the family farm in Forest Prairie Township, Meeker County, to Charles and Lillian (Rohrbeck) Ackerman. He grew up and received his education in Forest City and then worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Remer and in Rapid City, S.D., and then at the ammunition plant in New Brighton. From 1942 to 1945, he was in the U.S. Army and served throughout France and Germany with Company D, 17th Tank Battalion, 7th Armored Division. He received a Purple Heart.

He married Mary Jo Hentges on Aug. 21, 1943, in Litchfield. After his discharge, they lived in California for 17 years where he owned and operated a painting business. They moved to Atwater in 1959 and he raised turkeys until he retired in the late 1970s. He was a member of the Church of St. Patrick, the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post.

He is survived by one daughter: Diana (and Randy) Smith of Atwater; one daughter-in-law: Susan Ackerman of Atwater; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Rose Krueger of Willmar and Bertha Quast of Watkins.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2002; a son: Joseph; two brothers; and three sisters.