Charles V. "Chuck" Acklin, 56, a longtime Parsons businessman, died at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at his home.
He was born March 31, 1952, in Evergreen Park, Ill., to Bill and Annabelle (Weber) Acklin. He grew up in the Chicago area, and as a young teenager, moved with his family to Nevada, where he graduated from high school in 1970. He then attended Southwest Missouri State University, in Springfield.
For a time, he lived in Arizona and Arkansas, before moving to Parsons in 1980, where he had lived since. He and his wife, Bonnie, owned and Parsons Computers and Radio Shack and had recently celebrated the milestone of 25 years in business. The store closed in May of 2008 due to his failing health.
He enjoyed playing bass guitar, golfing, and computer technology. Through the years, he received great pleasure in mentoring young people who had chosen computer technology as their career. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He was a member of the Parsons Chamber of Commerce and the Parsons Free Will Baptist Church.
He and Bonnie Bohn were married Aug. 25, 1989, in Miami, Okla. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors are: his mother, Annabelle Spencer El Dorado Springs, Mo.; his father, Bill Acklin, Magazine, Ark.; two sons, Martin McQuarie Pittsburg, Kan., Larry McQuarie, Parsons, Kan.; one daughter, Sheri Addis, Parsons, Kan.; five grandchildren, Bonnie Cherry, Nina Mink, Bryant McQuarie, Chelsy McQuarie and Braden McQuarie; one great-granddaughter, Grace Mink; three brothers, William Acklin, Broomfield, Colo., Richard Acklin, Florissant, Mo., Paul Acklin, Madison, Ala.; two sisters Bonnie Rice, Sheldon, Mo., Sue Wisek, Joplin, Mo.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.
To continue Chuck's legacy, a scholarship fund for technology students has been established in his name at the Commercial Bank, 1901 Main, Parsons, KS 67357. Memorials may also be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.