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Irvin Ackerson, Former Farmer, Businessman, Civic Leader, Dies at 91 on Christmas Eve

Ackerson spent more than five decades on the Jefferson Township Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.

Irv Ackerson, a dairy farmer turned businessman, was born in Oak Ridge and lived there his entire life.
Irv Ackerson, a dairy farmer turned businessman, was born in Oak Ridge and lived there his entire life.
Irvin B. Ackerson, who lived in Oak Ridge his entire life, died Dec. 24 at the age of 91, according to a notice on the website of Goble Funeral Home.

Ackerson started out as a dairy farmer, and in 1955 started his own business, Irv Ackerson Excavating. He then became very involved in civic matters, serving on boards of directors for Sussex Bank and Franklin Hospital. He also spent more than 50 years as a member of the Jefferson Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.

In 2010, Jefferson Township awarded Ackerson the honor of Citizen of the Year.

Ackerson is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marjorie Hill Ackerson; children Linda Hackett and Ellen and Ken Cosh, all of Jefferson; grandchildren Todd Hackett and Troy and Amanda Hackett of Jefferson, Brad and Meagan Cosh, of Sparta, and Tamara and Mike Walsh, of Warwick, N.Y.; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were managed by the Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Irv Ackerson's memory to: Milton First Aid Squad, Milton Rd., Oak Ridge, N.J. 07438 or Bristol Glen, 200 Glen Dr., Newton, N.J. 07860.

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