Alfred T. Akins was born on June 8, 1928 in Creston, IA to Jesse Leroy Akins and Ida Mae (Detty) Akins and died February 8, 2018 in Lee’s Summit, MO following an extended illness. Alfred T. Akins, better known as Al, came to Sidney in November 1950 (age 22) to serve as the Depot Agent for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CB&Q) Railroad. Sidney would become the permanent home for Alfred and Carol, married in July of that same year. Al served as Depot Agent for the train station in Sidney from 1950-1967. This included serving as agent for Randolph in the afternoons (1962-68). Some days also included the Percival Depot.
Duties at the Sidney train depot in 1950 included: telegraphing train orders, sending and delivering Western Union personal telegrams, ticketing train passengers, processing freight shipments and Railway Express packages, managing coal storage, accounting for coal cars and grain shipments. The train tracks ended at Sidney, so the locomotive had to turn around once unloaded and loaded.
The latter part of Al’s railroad career was as the Depot Agent at the Nebraska City Train Depot, from 1973 until the Station closed in 1988. Al retired his 38-year railroad career in 1988, at the age of 60. In retirement, Al devoted himself to continued community service and served in countless roles including service as an EMT on the Sidney Rescue Squad, as the 1996 Commander of the Sidney American Legion Post, four years on the Grape Community Hospital Board, and as District Office Leaderdog Chairman of the Lions Club.
Sidney remained the home of Al and Carol Akins, until Al’s memory loss in late life forced a move to John Knox Village Care Center in Lee’s Summit, MO. Sidney always remained the “hometown.” Al’s coming home to be buried alongside his wife of 67 years in Sidney, is truly a “homecoming” for a couple that loved the people of Sidney and Fremont County.
Al is survived by daughter Cindy (Akins) Petersen (Albuquerque, NM) and son Tom Akins (Lee’s Summit, MO), daughter in-law, Jeannine Akins. Three grandchildren and two great grandchildren (living in New Mexico, Oregon and Florida). Al is also survived by his sister, Lois (Akins) Wathen and brother and sister-in laws Evelyn and Carl Yurk, Loine and Larry Bohlen, Gloria Mills, Kenneth Roy, Cletus Mills, and many nieces and nephews living throughout the U.S.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Percival, IA Community Church Rev. Blaine Pritchett officiating. Visitation will be open from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Sunday at the Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA. Memorials will go to the Percival Community Church or Sidney Fire & Rescue. Interment will be in the Sidney, IA Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by the Williams-Jobe-Gibson American Legion Post #128 of Sidney.
The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA is in charge of arrangements.