N4HRT - Wilbur Acker
Wilbur Acker, N4HRT was one of the guys who worked in the Inverness, FL RadioShack around the time that I got my ticket. I was 13 years old, back in 1993 and he was always very nice to me and my Mother.. even as I came into their store week after week with pestering questions about their latest 2 meter HT, PL-259 connectors, or hecks knows what.
Wilbur passed away on March 21st, 2008. I hadn't been in contact with Wilbur for many years, nor do I know if he was particularly active in ham radio in his later years. Though I remember him as a heck of a nice guy and very instrumental furthering my interest in ham radio. When I read of his death on Easter Sunday via my home town's newspaper website, I was very saddened to see my friend had become a silent key.
Thank you Wilbur and rest in peace.
My condolences to his family and friends.
The obiturary that appears on chronicleonline.com:
Wilbur Acker, 79
Wilbur Herman Acker, 79, Hernando, died Friday, March 21, 2008, at Woodland Terrace under the care of its staff and Hospice of Citrus County.
Born March 25, 1928, in Bloomville, N.Y., he was the son of Leon and Guahilda (Pedersen) Acker, and he moved here in 1983 from Arlington, Va.
He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, including service during the Korean War and Vietnam War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist 7th Class.
He was employed with the Civil Service as a systems analyst for 15 years. After moving to Florida, he was employed by Radio Shack as a salesman for 15 years in both the Inverness and Crystal River stores.
He was a member of an amateur radio club.
He enjoyed working around the yard, computers, reading and working on vehicles.
He was Protestant.
Survivors include: his wife of 56 years, Margaret (Himpele) Acker; three sons, Leon R. Acker, Lecanto, Joseph W. Acker and wife Christine, Inverness, and Mark W. Acker and wife Monique, Hernando; one brother, James L. Acker, Afton, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.
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