Col. Donald J. Acker

  • Died: May 17, 2017
  • Location: Sun City Center, Florida

Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home

136 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

Tel. (860) 521-4400

Tribute & Message From The Family

Colonel Don Acker, U.S.A., Ret., of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of West Hartford, CT died on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 while in the company of his loving family. Don leaves his wife, Virginia A. Acker and his children from his first marriage to Virginia R. Acker (deceased), Carl Acker, Ruth Acker Bellemare, Louise Acker Fegy, Kathryn Acker DCamp and Don Acker, Jr. He also leaves five grandchildren, Dominic Corso, Kevin Corso, Victoria White, Kristen DCamp and Jennifer Acker; four great-grandchildren, Dominic Corso, Jr., Sydney Corso, Gabriella Corso, and Madison Corso; and three step-daughters, Linda Lauritano, Nancy Schumann, and Julie Martin. He was predeceased by his parents, Carl J. Acker, President of Highland Dairy in Hartford, and Ruth Bushey Acker of West Hartford.

Don was career military. He served a total of 35 years between the Connecticut Army National Guard and on active duty with the Army. His career assignments included Battalion Commander of a Nike Hercules Battalion, and several high ranking positions on the staff of the Connecticut Army National Guard. In 1973, the Army requested that he enter active service to take charge of developing automated pay and accounting systems for the Army Guard. He stayed on active duty until 1983 when he retired from active service. He then worked in the Pentagon as a financial manager and consultant for the U.S. Government.

In his youth, Don was a good athlete playing baseball for a semi-professional team in West Hartford, CT. He always wanted to play third base for the St. Louis Cardinals but never could run fast enough. Don had many interests and avocations over his life. He loved golf and bridge and was accomplished at both. He was dedicated to the development of the Kings Point Bridge Club, and was a past president and a director of the club. He was a lifelong Lutheran belonging to Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford, CT and after retiring to Florida, was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sun City Center, FL.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT. Burial with military honors will follow at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Calling hours will be Tuesday morning one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. For directions and online condolences, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear dJ and family,
This is my second message but I don't think the first one went through to you. I was browsing the web and came across this. I know it has been a while but please accept my most sincere condolences on your dad's passing. He was very kind, a true gentleman.

Posted by Sandy Augustine - Northfield, NJ - Friend   September 13, 2017

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by - Ellenwood, GA   June 09, 2017

I am so sorry to here of Don's passing. I did enjoy my visits with you and Don. We had a common interest in using fair bridge movements and balancing the field at all duplicate games.

Don told me one of his grandfathers was from Western Canada so he was one quarter Canadian!

God bless you Don Acker


Posted by A friend   May 29, 2017

To Ginny in sympathy and friendship: There are just no words to say what is deepest in our hearts in order to bring comfort to you and the families. We are grateful for the times we had together with Don. Wishing you peace at this difficult time.

Mike and Jeanette McTaggart

Posted by Jeanette McTaggart - Stittsville, ON   May 29, 2017

Dear Ginny,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You certainly have had your share of sadness.
All of us will pray for you and your family.

Love Cousin Claire

Posted by Claire M Phillips - Carver, MA   May 28, 2017

Ginny, I m so sorry to hear about your husband Donald. We send our sympathy to you and family.
Honey and family

Posted by A friend   May 28, 2017


Dad, I am so glad I got to spend some time with you in the past few weeks. I'm back home now and the gravity of losing you has begun to weigh on me. I am thankful for the folks who came to the services for you. Lots of people loved you and will miss you. I hope you are enjoying heaven and the freedom from earthy concerns.


Posted by Kate Acker DCamp - Fenton, MI - Daughter   May 25, 2017

So sorry for your family's loss. May time and God's promise at John 6:40 soften the pain of your grief.

Posted by E Rosa - HIGH POINT, NC   May 21, 2017

Sincere condolences to the family, When we lose those we love, the pain and grief can seem unbearable, But, TRUST in the GOD of comfort, he will make you strong and give you peace at this difficult time. Numbers 6:26

Posted by A friend   May 21, 2017

May the God of all comfort sustain you in this time of need. May you find peace and comfort through the scriptures, prayer and family. Roman 15:5

Posted by A friend   May 21, 2017