In memory of

James Ackerman

November 1, 1957 - May 16, 2018
From: Lytton, IA
James Ackerman

James Ackerman

Born: November 1, 1957
Died: May 16, 2018
Age: 60
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   James Ackerman, age 60, of Lytton, IA, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home in Lytton surrounded by his family.  James was born on November 1, 1957, to Eugene and Ruth (Block) Ackerman in Sibley, IA.  He was baptized in the Reformed Church and later confirmed in the Presbyterian Church in Lytton.

   James graduated from Lytton High School and following graduation he was inducted into the United States Marines on February 27, 1978.  He received the rank of Private First Class and was honorably discharged on June 8, 1979, earning special honors, Rifle Marksmanship Badge. 

   On September 24, 1983, James was united in marriage to Colleen Lee on a farm in Lytton. James and Colleen had three children: Joshua, Jeremia and Carrie.  They were married for 21 years and spent the majority of that time living on their farm in Lake View and then moved to a farm near Lytton.   He worked in general construction and helped with Heartland Siding.  James along with Jim Hout later founded J&J Distributing where he acquired the nick-name "The Rabbit Man.”

   James was very much involved in the community and was the self proclaimed Lytton Sheriff.  He also enjoyed helping with Lytton Gala Days, participated in competition grilling, and was a 4H rabbit judge at the Iowa State Fair and in multiple counties in Iowa.  In his free time, James went to exotic animal sales and auctions. He liked scrapping metal and burning wood. He loved spending time with his friends and family whether it be going asparagus hunting, smoking meat or just grilling.  James took his grilling seriously. His business sold gourmet rabbit and exotic meat to five star restaurants and shipped its products to almost every state in the USA. He along with David Guenther, created their own special breed of rabbits which made his products highly sought after in the industry.  James was an outgoing, fun, loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved him. 

   Survivors include his children: Joshua Ackerman of Sac City, IA, Jeremia Sr. (Jenny Kingery) Ackerman of Newell, IA, Carrie Ackerman of Lytton, IA; grandchildren: Kenton Ackerman, Sophie Ackerman, Jeremia Jr. Ackerman, Shelby Kingery; father Gene (Joyce) Ackerman of Spirit Lake, IA; brothers: David (Lorraine) Ackerman of Canton, SD, Dan (Marlene) Ackerman of Sac City, IA, Jerald Ackerman of Dayton, OH, Troy (Charlene) Ackerman of Spirit Lake, IA; sisters: Michelle (Del) Drenth of Woodbine, IA, Jan (Jim Johnson) Simonsen of Mason City, IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

  James was preceded in death by his mother Ruth Ackerman and brother Milton Ackerman.




10:30 a.m., Saturday
May 19, 2018
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday
May 18, 2018
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Cedar Cemetery
Lytton, Iowa


Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:31 AM
“To all of Jim's family we extend our deepest sympathies. May he rest in peace with lots of rabbits around him. I think he'd like that. We'll be keeping you in our prayers.”
- Dave and Laurie Glasnapp
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:31 AM
“Sending on my thoughts and prayers. I remember Jim fondly around Lytton and the old Maxwell grocery store. ”
- Angela Ross Bolton.
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:31 AM
“We send our sincere sympathy & prayers to the Ackerman family.”
- Bill & Fran Lawson
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:31 AM
“My prayers are with my friend Jimmy and the family.”
- James Albright
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10:28 AM
“Thinking of all the Ackerman family.”
- Roger and Marlene Glasnapp
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10:28 AM
“Remembering the good times the Lytton guys and the Sac girls had in the 70's. Thanks for the memories Jim, you will be missed by many. ”
- L (MA) Block-Minard
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 5:27 PM
“Jim you can rest in eternal peace now ”
- Charlie “tuna” schnirring
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:32 AM
“JIM was very good friend of our families. He was very close to my brother Louis. They had many good times.
Jim will be missed by many
Mary. M. Reaman
God be with you during this trying time.”
- Mary M. Reaman
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