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Onnie Lee Akridge

February 12, 2019
Emmetsburg News

MALLARD -- Onnie Lee Akridge , 65, was born May 12, 1953, in Emmetsburg, one of 12 children born to Virgil (Jack) and Josephine (Weir) Akridge. He received his education in Emmetsburg and Mallard, graduating from Mallard High School in 1972, where he participated in wrestling and football.

Onnie and Joan (Russell) were married Dec. 22, 1972, and were the parents of Tony, Trinity, Tracey, and Tim.

He worked for many years in construction and masonry, as well as spending time welding in several factories in the area. Onnie was proud of the fact that at the age of 57 he returned to school and earned an AAS degree in Electrical Technologies.

Survivors include his wife, Joan, of Mallard; and children, Tony (Tami) Akridge of Albia, Trinity (Andy Soenen)?Akridge of Emmetsburg, Tracey (Kevin)?Duus of Graettinger, and Tim Akridge of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren:?Marcus, Kailey, Taylor, Treyton, Alexis, Jackson, Taryn, Alana, Linkin, and Atyliese; great grandson, Chip; and his beloved comfort Grand Dog, Harley.

Also surviving are siblings:?Betty (Jerry) Knight, Sharon (Frank) Leuer, Roger (Sandy) Akridge, Mary (Ray)?Carritt, Larry (Janet) ?Akridge, Debbie (Reg)?Cross, Mike, Belinda, and Ron; brothers-in-law, Dick (Ellie) Russell, and Tom (Boua) Russell; sisters-in-law, Mary (John)?Holloway, Jean (Dan)?Green, Marilyn Akridge, and Anne Russell.

Onnie loved hunting, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors. He loved nothing more than sitting around a campfire shooting the breeze while enjoying a cold one. He especially loved growing his garden and canning the harvest.

He was most proud of his grandchildren and attending their activities He loved teasing them and trying to make them believe in things that they knew couldn't possibly be.

He always said if there was anything he did right in his life, it was his family.

Onnie died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nancy; and brother, Jack; as well as his in-laws, Woody and Ruth Russell; and his brother-in-law, Bob Russell.

The public may pay their respects from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Harris Funeral Home, 405 South 6th Street, Mallard.

A time to share stories will begin at 3 p.m. Friends are invited to a luncheon immediately after visitation at the P.C. Harris Hall, directly south of the funeral home in Mallard. The family insists that you dress casual.

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