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James L. Ackley Jr.
(April 3, 1930 - December 19, 2012)

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Funeral service for James L. Ackley Jr. 82 is 10 AM. Saturday December 29, 2012 at the Kristan Funeral Home P.C., 219 West Maple Ave. (2 blocks west of Rt. 45 on Rt. 176) Mundelein. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, Libertyville. Visitation is Friday December 28, 2012 from 4-9 PM. at the funeral home. He was born April 3, 1930, in Lake Geneva, WI, to James and Josephine Ackley, and died Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Jim was a graduate of Libertyville High School, Lake Forest College, and Northern Illinois University. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a member of VFW Post #8741 of Libertyville where he served as color guard for 57 years, and a member of the Mundelein American Legion Post #867. He was a retired educator having worked in Mundelein School District # 75 as a science teacher and in River Trails School District #126 of Mount Prospect for 35 years as a teacher and principal. He was a lifelong member of the Libertyville United Methodist Church. Jim was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame as a Friend of Basketball (1990), MHS Basketball Hall of Fame (2007), and received the Mike Rose Award from the Northern Officials' Association (2012). This month he was honored for his 50 years of service as the official scorekeeper for the Mundelein High School Boys Basketball team. Most recently he won the nomination for Friends of Athletics from the Illinois Athletic Directors Association, at the Division and the District levels, with the award to be given May, 2013. For 10 years Jim served on the Mundelein Police and Fire Commission, and for 15 years he served on the River Trails Education Foundation. He is survived by his children Scott (Robin) Ackley, Dawn (Richard) Robinson, Rebecca (Jon) Cooley, Kathleen Ackley, his grandchildren Alex, Kelly and Sean Robinson, Tim and Amanda Cooley, his sisters Nancy Bassick and Diane Schram. He was preceded in death by his brother William and his wife of 52 years Shirley. Jim loved children and loved to see everyone smile. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Smile Train, an organization that helps children around the world with cleft lip or palate afford necessary surgery. For information visit or call 847-566-8020.


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