Paul Gary Acken, age 77 of Slippery Rock, formerly of Allegheny Twp., Westmoreland County, passed away following complications of diabetes and kidney failure, with his caring family by his side Wednesday evening, September 16, 2020.
Born August 24, 1943 in New Kensington, he was the son of the late Paul and Edna Mae Large Acken.
He was a US Air Force Veteran.
He worked for 35 years as a lineman for the local electric company. Paul also owned and operated A&M Gunsmiths for 35 years, in Allegheny Township. Paul was truly a jack of all trades.
Paul belonged to the NRA, US Coastguard Auxiliary, as well as a hunter safety course instructor.
Paul was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fishing, hunting, boating, camping, antique cars, and going on many cruises with his wife and best friend, Cindy. Paul enjoyed vacationing with his family every year since 1982 to The Outer Banks. He instilled deep values in his family to enjoy all of life’s beautiful scenery and moments.
He is survived by his loving wife Lucinda Anne Loftus Acken, whom he married September 12, 1974, who never left his side and cared for him tirelessly until his death; his children Jennifer (Mike) Hilty of Avonmore and Leslie (Nick) Riding of Slippery Rock, with whom he resided; five grandchildren Zara, Tommy, Carlo, Averi, Bishop; siblings Rochelle (Steve) Honkus of Deer Park, WA., Timothy (Olivia) Acken of Butler; and a number of nieces and nephews. Also, his best friend of over 50 years David Mulvenna of Silver City, NM.
Paul will be missed beyond words by all who knew him, but deeply by his wife, daughters, grandkids, and his loving companion, his Rottweiler - Rue – who never left his side, even in his final moments. Nothing gave Paul greater pleasure than spending everyday with is wife, his girls, and his grandkids. He never missed a school concert, sport activity, or opportunity to support and spend time with his family. Though Paul was a man of few words most times, he was a loving husband, devoted father, proud papa, and true friend.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Paul Daniel Acken and his brother Corlis Acken.
The family would like to send a special, heartfelt thank you to Justin and Dr. Shamir at Butler Dialysis Center whose caring and compassion to care for their patients and family makes a difference in this world.
Cremation services were entrusted to the Raisley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, PC., 387 Main Street, Prospect. The family is planning a memorial service in the near future.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made on Facebook to R.E.A.L. Rottweiler Rescue, in Paul’s name for Rue.
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