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David Arthur Akers

Cedar Rapids

David Arthur Akers, 67, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2022. So with you: Now is your time of sorrow, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take your joy. John 16:22

Dave was born on July 29, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Vernon and Inez Akers, the only brother of Julia Bernot and Sandra Cox. Dave enjoyed hunting and fishing at any age, and many have shared those lasting memories with him. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1972, joining the United States Navy on September 21, 1972, serving in the Vietnam War. From boot camp in San Diego, Calif., in the fall of 1972, to six months of technical electrical training in Jacksonville, Fla., Dave began his service at Naval Air Station Moffett, Mountview, California, in the spring of 1973, as Electrician 3rd Class. E4. His first six-month deployment was to Iwakuni, Japan in 1974, followed by another deployment to Kadena, Okinawa, Dave was able to visit 16 countries in six months. Returned to Naval Air Station Moffett and honorable discharge in the spring of 1976. During Dave’s service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He stayed in Coalinga, California for a short time, returning occasionally to Iowa, then permanently in the fall of 1979. Dave began his new career in September at the Cedar Rapids Water Pollution Control Center, retiring in March 2011.

Dave inherited the fun gene from Akers. He was very fun loving and very fun to be around. Julie, Dave and Sandy had a deep love for each other and a special bond as they got older. Some of our fondest memories were riding around in his boat with him, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful sunshine. He loved life and took full advantage of it.

Although a young world traveler, many of us remember Dave as a family man, and everyone was his family. A strong and reliable father figure to his nieces Angie Moseman and Kristina Good. He never failed to build their young persona with daily visits, fishing trips, or a little “Chop!” Chop!’ motivation. As the girls got older, the visits turned to him. Dave was always up for a road trip with his sister, Julie, cruising with the top down so she could catch some sun, a pastime any great-nieces and nephews would enjoy too. Dave was helpful in teaching many of us how to complete household projects, skills that we would later use to reciprocate later in life. Dave enjoyed his trips east to visit Sandy and his family. He was quite the handyman helping out in person or over the phone and explaining to all of us how to get the job done successfully. We even received the occasional text with a detailed drawing. Ha!

Peace, I go with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Don’t let your hearts be troubled and don’t be afraid. “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I was going to the Father, because the Father is greater than me. John 14:27-28

Dave is survived by his sister, Sandra (Marty) Cox; nieces, Angie (Don) Moseman and Kristina Good; nephews, Nathaniel and Alex Cox; and great-nieces and

-nephews, Kasandra, David, Ann, Iris and Astrella.

Dave was welcomed into heaven by his parents, Vernon and Inez; sister, Julie; nephew, Samuel; aunts; uncles; and grandparents.

Please join the family for a celebration of life ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 at Cedar Memorial Park Memorial Chapel, 4200 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. Visiting hours will be one hour before, beginning at 10 a.m. at the chapel. After the celebration of life, the family will have lunch at the Cedar Memorial Park Family Center.

Dave was a simple man and liked to be laid back. In honor of Dave, we ask that you please come as you are, shorts, jeans, t-shirts, etc. Please wear bright colors as we celebrate his life and entry into heaven.

Online condolences can be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.

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