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Melvin Ray Akers, age 80, a resident of rural Chillicothe, died at 4:05 am on November 25, 2022 at his home while under hospice care, surrounded by loved ones.

A Celebration of Life was held at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Melvin was born May 22, 1942 in Chillicothe, the son of Olen Ray and Idella Frances Reeter Akers. He graduated from Chillicothe High School. After graduation, he served his country in the Air Force. Upon returning home he was employed with Rock Island Railroad until it ceased operation. He worked as a bank courier until retirement.

He married Anne Gordon on August 28, 1965 in Bishopville, SC. She preceded him in death on September 14, 1995. He later married Pat Akers; she survives in Bolivar.

Melvin loved to hunt, fish and was an excellent welder and woodworker. He enjoyed driving the Amish for many years.

He is survived by his son, Timothy Akers and wife, Carla of the home; two granddaughters, Hailey Akers and Clara Akers; sister, Linda Moore of Trenton; brother, Marvin Akers and wife, Diane of Chillicothe; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anne Gordon Akers; sister, Pat McDowell; and brother-in-law, Gary Moore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and/or The American Cancer Society and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601.