Virgil Emory Aker, 88, of Brazil died at 11:53 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at Cloverleaf Health Care Facility in Knightsville.
Born Sept. 17, 1916, to John and Ida Mae Brattain Aker, he joined the United States Army in 1941; serving in WWII and earning several medals.
On Nov. 3, 1942, he married Betty Virginia Kettering.
After his discharge from the Army he spent some time farming around the Lena area, then began working for the United States Postal Service as a Rural Mail Carrier, retiring in 1976.
He was a member of the Lena United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years. He was a member of the Carbon Masonic Lodge No. 529 and he enjoyed gardening and wood working.
He is survived by two sons, Jerry Aker and wife Mary of St. Louis Mo., and Terry Aker and wife Sherry of Rushville Ind,; three daughters, Judy and husband Larry Foulke of Greencastle, Kathy and husband Herschel White of Brazil, and Cindy and husband Richard Brown of Brazil; 11 grandchildren, Tresa Botzum, Stephanie Owen, Shannan Lock, Tara Foulke, Stacie Padgett, Jamie Harden, Tim Aker, Jeremy Foulke, Molly Stark, Brian Brown, and Brandy Brown; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Earl Aker and Eli Aker; and two sisters Lucille Ames and Jean Earl.
Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at French Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Kumpf officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday 4 -8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lena United Methodist Church.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com for more information.