He was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Putnam County, the son of William Harvey Aker and Gertrude Aker. After graduating Reelsville High School, he entered the Army during World War II. William married Marilyn (Jones) on Oct. 8, 1949. In his younger days, he was an avid hunter and had many dogs.
He worked for Wabash Valley Asphalt in Terre Haute. In his later life, he loved visiting with his kids, grandchildren and especially loved playing with his great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Marilyn Aker, who passed away on Dec. 1, 1999.
He is survived by two brothers Richard Aker, Texas, Jack Aker and wife Yuriko, Logansport, Ind., two sisters Betty McCullough, Reelsville, Ind., Martha Jane McPherson, Reelsville, Ind., his daughter Sherry Fox and husband Jim, Brazil, and son Bill Aker and wife Shelly, Carbon. He is also survived by five grandchildren Carl Aker and wife Jennifer, Jeff Aker, Sheena Stout, Jeff Fox, and Missy Fox, five great-grandchildren Shaylee Aker, Adrien Aker, Braxton Okulovich, Tylee Ann Okulovich and Christian Stout, all of Brazil.
He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, at Reelsville United Methodist Church. Mattox-Wood Funeral Home and Crematory was entrusted with arrangements.