Aug. 10, 1924 — April 10, 2013
Harry Albright Ackley was born to life Aug. 10, 1924, and born to eternal life, on the day of the full moon, April 10, 2013, peacefully in his loving home.
Harry was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Harry Whitehouse Ackley, and Lillian Edna Ackley. They raised three children of which Harry was the second born; older sister Jeanne Lohmann (Olympia, Wash.), and younger sister Gloria Edna Hendler, of Colorado (deceased).
Harry graduated from North High School in Columbus, Ohio, in 1943. He acted the part of “Colonel Negley” in the play “Barbara Fritchie” in high school. He was a member of the football and baseball teams there. In 1978 he received the Polar Bear Award as North High School’s ”Outstanding Graduate.”
Harry worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) after high school and was in the Navy Sea Bees. He served in the Naval V-12 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, in 1945. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi national social fraternity and the Naval ROTC at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1946. He attended Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio. In 1948 he received his bachelor degree in government from the Texas Arts and Industries University in Kingsville, Texas, and master’s degree in education in 1950 from Stanford University. In 1955 Harry received his law degree from McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, “With Great Distinction” and
was president of his graduating class.
During law school he served two years as the teaching principal in Natomas Union Elementary School District, then served one year as court clerk for the Sacramento Municipal Court. In 1969 he was named McGeorge School of Law’s Alumnus of the Year.
After completing law school he worked for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy Prosecutor, then spent an interim in a successful private practice. He was successful in campaigning for the office of District Attorney and served from 1966-1970. Governor Edmond Brown appointed him a Superior Court Judge in Yolo County in 1976 and Harry held that position until he retried in March of 1992. Not wanting to be idle, he reopened his law practice for a few years, where much pro bono work took place for those who were in need of his services.
His mother, Lillian, engendered a love of literature and learning in Harry and his siblings. He wrote a book, co-authored by Raymond Parnas, law professor at UCD (deceased), “Criminal Defense Jury Instructions,” and published two books of poetry: “Bonnie Jeanne,” with sister Jeanne 1971, and “6191/2 Main Street” in 1989.
Throughout his life Harry had a passion for sports, including baseball, football, tennis and golf. He especially enjoyed playing golf with his good friends R.C. Collet, Lee Sheldon, Bob McCarthy, Bob Cook and occasionally with wife Gloria Anne. Always very competitive in nature, Harry would give us all a good game to look back on. He had a passionate, vibrant energy and was a lifelong seeker after justice and truth. He quested after the meaning of life and had a rich spiritual Christian faith. He enjoyed and was a regular member and supporter of the Woodland Christian Church for over 50 years.
Harry is survived by his wife of 32-plus, years Gloria Anne, formerly Gloria Manas McIntyre; his children from his former marriage, Gloria Jean DeLuca (Randy) of New York, Peggy Jo Ackley (Fred) of Petaluma, Harry
Steven Ackley of San Jose; step-children Jason Andrew McIntyre (Mary) of Davis and Jodie J. Fisher (Shawn) of Woodland; sister Jeanne Lohmann of Olympia, Wash.;, grandchildren Max Mosher (Peggy) and Cleo, Cedric
and Adrian Ackley (Steven); and step-grandchildren Tess and Joe McIntyre (Jason), and Alexxus and Derrick Fisher (Jodie). Harry was predeceased by his parents Harry and Lillian Ackley, sister Gloria Edna Hendler, and niece Judy Terrell. He leaves behind nieces and nephews Stephen, Dave, Karen and Brian Lohmann, Mike Terrell, and Carolyn Roy.
In lieu of flowers or donations, his family knows Harry would prefer that a good deed be done for someone in his memory. He is so loved by so many people and has left a huge void in our lives. We will always remember him as a generous man with a loving heart who cared so very much about his fellow man. He attacked his cases with energy and enthusiasm because he loved the law. He was courageous in that he did what was right without giving a second thought about politics or how it would affect him.
A Celebration and Memorial of his life will begin at 1:30 p.m.Thursday, April 25, at the Woodland Christian Church, 509 College St., with Pastor Larry Love officiating.