J. Barrie Akin, 74, of Carlisle Township, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014, at his home, following a long illness. He was born in Fremont and had been a resident of Carlisle Township since 2005, moving from Spring City, Tennessee. He lived in North Ridgeville from 1947-1988.
Barrie was the owner and operator of Akin & Akin Auto Body in North Ridgeville from 1965-1988. He was a social member of the Oberlin VFW and the Grafton VFW, where he served on the honor guard. He enjoyed being a Cub Scout leader and loved fishing.
He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Grafton. He was formerly active at St. Peter Church in North Ridgeville, where he volunteered with CYO for eight years and was involved with the Holy Name Society and also was an usher.
Survivors include his sons, J. Allen (Deb) Akin of North Ridgeville, Timothy Lee (Judy) Akin of LaGrange; daughters, Tammy S. (Brett) Akin-Stevanus of LaGrange, Pamela Ann (Gene) Pence of Ashland, Theresa Lynn (Jason) Strohm of Carlsbad, California; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Etta (nee Collins); parents, Joseph Elwyn and Frances Anna (nee Gibbons) Akin; grandson, Kevin Daily; and sister, Charleen Woessner.
Friends may call Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 5 until 8 P.M., in the Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville. Prayer Services will be held Friday, June 13, 2014, at 9:30 A.M., immediately followed by a 10 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Peters Catholic Church, 35777 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to New Life Hospice, 3700 Kolbe Rd., Lorain, OH 44053.