Lyle Edwin Ackerman
Lyle Edwin Ackerman, age 67, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017, at Mercy Hospital.
Lyle was born on August 10, 1949, the eldest child of William and Janet (Lawrence) Ackerman. A lifelong Janesville resident, Lyle graduated from Janesville High School in 1967. Lyle was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in 1969-70. He worked at General Motors for 36 years, retiring in 2010. A strong supporter of the United Auto Workers, Lyle was committed to practicing what he preached – driving Wisconsin’s second ever Chevy Volt from New York to Wisconsin as soon as it came available to market. After retirement, Lyle attended Cruise College in Marietta, GA. He organized many group cruise vacations with his largest group being 142 people, earning him the honor of sitting at the Captain’s Table on formal night. He enjoyed hosting yearly summer cruise parties, bringing together everyone who’d cruised with him in the past and bringing a bit of the tropics to Wisconsin. Lyle was an early supporter of alternative energies, installing solar panels and geothermal systems in the 1980’s. He returned to solar consulting and installation in 2009, thrilling his son, Josh, with the gift of solar panels on his home in Madison. Lyle took much pleasure in discovering and introducing others to the latest technological advancements. Throughout the 1980’s and to the present time he always enjoyed the very latest electronic devices.
Lyle is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen; his mother, Janet; his son, Joshua (Kristi); step daughter, Carly (Ricky); his 3 siblings: Gary (Sherri), Robbie (Deb), and Linda (John); and 3 step grandchildren: Rhett, Laurel and Daphne. Lyle was preceded in death by his father, William, and his brother, Steve.
Celebration of life will be held at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, on Thursday, June 29, 2017. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a short service at 7:00 p.m., followed by a dinner at the Moose Club. Family requests a laid back and tropical dress code in honor of Lyle’s love of cruising and the tropics. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Lyle’s name to Echo in Janesville.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Special Care Unit and ICU at Mercy Hospital with special thanks to Jamie, Abigail and Dr. Brodkey. Also special appreciation to Dr.’s Bowers and Tuck for their excellent care. We would also like to thank family and friends who have given so much support during the difficult time, especially Kelly Anderson and Ed and Vickie Butler. Lyle was a very special man who will be deeply missed by his friends and family.
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