Doug Ackerson

Douglas “Doug” Ackerson was born Nov. 28, 1948, in Algona, the son of Marvin and Esther (Luedtke) Ackerson. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fenton. He grew up in Fenton, graduating from Sentral School in 1967. Following high school, he attended Iowa Lakes Community College for two years. He then worked a short time at Bruhn Builders before going to work for Hormel in Algona for 40-plus years. He retired from Hormel in 2011.

On June 24, 1972, he married Janet Schipull at the United Methodist Church in Wesley. They moved to rural Lone Rock where they lived for 42 years and raised their two daughters, Jill and Stacy. Four years ago, they moved into the town of Lone Rock.

Doug was a pretty private man, but he possessed a congenial personality that enabled him to make friends with everyone he met. Doug enjoyed fishing and hunting and had a love for the outdoors and nature. He also enjoyed 50s and 60s music and attending concerts with his wife, Jan, and friends. He was a history buff and enjoyed watching The History Channel. Doug especially loved retirement where he could spend more time with his greatest love, his family. He loved watching his grandchildren grow and enjoyed attending all of their events. His dog, Taffy, also held a special place in his heart.

Doug died July 9, 2019, at Kossuth Regional Health Center, Algona, under the care of the Hospice of the Heartland. He was 70.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Janet “Jan” of Lone Rock; daughters, Jill (Chad) Heinen of Lone Rock and children Jay, Becca and Max; Stacy (Todd) Vaske of Bancroft and children Levi, Lexi and Zane.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Marvin and Esther Ackerson; granddaughter, Zoey Jean Vaske; paternal grandparents, Clarence and Cecelia (Nemmers) Ackerson; maternal grandparents, Herman and Helena (Zumach) Luedtke; brother-in-law, Bernard Hansen; sister-in-law, Jennie Heinen; and many aunts and uncles.

A funeral service for Doug was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, at Lotts Creek Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Lone Rock. Visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the church. Burial was held in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at

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