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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Donald A. "Don" Van Acker of Moline, who
4passed away on April 27, 2018; and
5    WHEREAS, Don Van Acker was born in Moline to August and
6Helen (Lievens) Van Acker on January 21, 1939; he served in the
7United States Air Force in Okinawa, Japan during the Korean
8War; and
9    WHEREAS, Don Van Acker retired from Local Union 81, Cedar
10Rapids, Iowa in 1996 after 33 years; and
11    WHEREAS, Don Van Acker was a member of VFW Velie Post 2153,
12Moline, American Legion Post 246, Moline, and several bass
13fishing clubs, including Harvester, Quad Cities, and Twin
14Rivers, which he co-founded; he was also the founder of the
15Children's Therapy Center Annual Bass Fishing Tournament,
16which began over 40 years ago; bass fishing was his passion,
17and he donated bass fishing equipment to help start the Moline
18High School Bass Fishing Team; he spent his time volunteering
19at the VFW, American Legion, and QCCA Expo Center; and
20    WHEREAS, Don Van Acker was preceded in death by his sister,
21Jo Ann DePover; and



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1    WHEREAS, Don Van Acker is survived by his children, Heidi
2(Sean) McKinney, Denise Van Acker, and Nick (Asuncion) Van
3Acker; his grandchildren, Megan, Courtney, Chaunte, and
4Miranda; his five great-grandchildren; and his sister, Carol
5Vickroy; therefore, be it
7ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
8Donald A. "Don" Van Acker and extend our sincere condolences to
9his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
11    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
12presented to the family of Don Van Acker as an expression of
13our deepest sympathy.