Jerry Lynn Akins Obituary

The Lord carried Jerry Lynn Akins, 78, of Benton Harbor, Michigan home to be with Him the afternoon of October 31, 2021 while he was surrounded by his family.

Jerry was born in Hayti, Missouri on September 24, 1943 to Blanche and James Akins. His love for our Lord Jesus is what carried him through life, along with a love of hunting and fishing. Jerry is a post-polio survivor, this led to a life-long disability that did not hold him down. He worked many years in the tool and die industry both at Paramount Die Cast, and Hoffman Die Cast. He also spent years working at Heath/Zenith. He is a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Benton Harbor.

A Celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph with Brother William Hughes officiating. Friends can visit at the funeral home 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

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Dad will be deeply missed by his children Lynn (Dale) Stover, Patty (Gene) Hoeckelberg, Jeremy Akins, all of St. Joseph, and Aaron Akins of Benton Harbor. His two grandsons R. Alex (Amy) Weir, of Freedom PA, and Matthew Avara (fiancée Ali Schrubba) of St. Joseph, and 3 precious great-grandsons Otto, Owen and Oliver Weir. Jerry is also survived by his siblings James (Diane) Akins, of Stevensville, Veda Wright, of St. Joseph and Jenny (Bob) VanDeWarker, of Eau Claire. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family survive.

He is preceded in death by his father, James Akins, mother and bonus father Blanche and Elton (Red) Chambers, siblings Richard, Harlan and Denise Akins, granddaughter, Tiffany Weir, brother-in-law Vernon Wright, and niece Elizabeth Anne Wright.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family can consider a gift in Jerry’s memory to First Freewill Baptist Church, 3472 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022.

The family is graciously being served by Starks Family Funeral Home, just as Jerry was by the caring staff at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital and Area Agency on Aging.