Charles L. Akes, 84, of Milton-Freewater, died Jan. 16, 2003, at the Evergreen Rehabilitation and Retirement Center. He was born Dec. 11, 1918, to Clarence Lewis and Mary Ann Armstrong Akes in Decatur, Iowa.

Mr. Akes grew up in Dewey County, S.D., and later in Yakima, Wash., where he had to support the family while his father was recovering from an injury. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII, where he received several citations and commendations. After returning stateside, he married Esther Elaine Spencer in Seattle in 1943 and started farming in Klickitat County, Wash. After cattle ranching in Wallowa County, they moved to Milton-Freewater where Mr. Akes worked in construction and raised Morgan horses.

He was a member of the Milton Freewater Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a 50-year member of the Odd Fellows Lodge.

Survivors include his wife Esther of Milton-Freewater; three daughters, Lucia J. Kelley of Virginia Beach, Va., Roberta G. Isley of Burbank, Wash., and Esther E. Danner of Umatilla; a son, Charles L. Akes, Jr. of Milton-Freewater; a sister, Hester Crary of Sequim, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Russell and a brother, Harold Akes.

Funeral services were held Jan. 20 in Milton-Freewater. Memorial contributions can be made to the missionary fund of the LDS Church through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR.

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