Michael R. Acton

Michael R. Acton

Michael R. Acton, age 78, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:00am, on Friday, January 11, at Hawkeye Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Mike’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30am, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, 602 Hager St. E, Grand Junction, Iowa, with Rev. Jim Bruch officiating. To celebrate Mike’s life, family and friends may visit from 10:30 am, until 1:00pm, on Monday, January 14, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Grand Junction, Iowa.

Major Michael R. Acton, US Army (Retired), was born on September 9, 1940, in Rippey, Iowa, son of Robert J. and Helen F. (Aspenall) Acton, the oldest of the family’s seven children.
He graduated from Rippey (Iowa) High School in 1958 and joined the military the following year. Mike was commissioned through the Army’s Officer Candidate Program and subsequently served as an infantry platoon leader during the Vietnam War. During his second tour of duty in Vietnam he served as an infantry company commander. Among his many awards are the Bronze Star For Valor, 3 Bronze Stars for Achievement in Combat, 3 Meritorious Service medals, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

He completed his bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1972, and his Master’s Degree in Journalism at the University of Kansas in 1981.

After his retirement from the Army, he was an Assistant Professor of Journalism and the Communication Department Chairman at Clarke College in Dubuque for 13 years. He followed his academic career as a project editor for Buckledown Publishing Company in Iowa City, from which he retired in 2011.

Mike is survived by

his sons,
Paul (Stephanie) Acton, of Gilbert, AZ,
Sean (Vikki) Acton, of Maquoketa, IA;

his six grandchildren,
Dalen, Todd, Raina, Anya, Maia and Eli.

His siblings,
Dan Acton, Rippey, IA,
Janis (Ken) Johnston, Chicago, IL,
Tim (Sandra) Acton, Phoenix, AZ,
Dave (Stephanie) Acton, Sun Prairie, WI,
Pat (April) Acton, Gladbrooke, IA;

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Acton; and a sister-in-law, Fereleen Acton.

Mike’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy and Nichole, for all of the care and support given to Mike and his family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001
January 14th, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM


St. Brigid’s Catholic Church
602 Hager St. E, Grand Junction, IA, 50107
January 15th, 2019 at 10:30 AM

8 condolences for Michael R. Acton
  1. Lee Hubbard says:

    I served with Mike in the 94th ARCOM, BOston Mass, from 1977 to 1979. He was my supervisor during that time and I can say he was one of the best sups and friend that I have known through 20yrs. US Army. RIP Mike.

  2. Donna Nemmers says:

    Mike was my professor, advisor, mentor, and above all, friend. He has left the world a better place for his service to his country, and for the influence he had on so many lives as a teacher and author of educational materials. His memory will be forever cherished. Go in peace, my friend.

  3. Lorna Holland says:

    Mike was my professor and advisor and one of the warmest human beings I’ve ever known. He was so funny and kind. He made difficult situations easier. He encouraged his Journalism students to always find the truth. I use those skills of evaluating what I read and see to this day. I met up with Mike several times over the years and I will cherish those memories. Be at Peace, Mike. You are loved.

  4. Keith Wiebersch says:

    I had the pleasure of cooking for Mike for many years. Always enjoyed his matter of factness. Everything was black and white
    LOL no grey areas. He and Mario are up there solving all ou problems

  5. Elissa Kuykendall says:

    I am sorry for the loss of your dear family member. I know all of you will miss him and all his funny antics. My husband Joe always loved being around Mike and always told many funny stories about their childhood together. God rest his soul and may you find peace in the days to come. I know the boys will always cherish their dad and the impact he had on each one of them. God bless the entire family.

  6. Jack and Mary Schumacher says:

    We met Mike in his later years,always visiting with Mario ! He was very humble about his life,s work and serving our country ! Deepest condolences to his family ! May he rest in peace!

  7. The Math Lady says:

    My friend Mike. I promoted him to Colonel when we worked at Buckledown. Coffee time, quote board, drunken happy hours. Tiffany and Robyn. His wit and intelligence was inspiring. My soul is sorrowful, yet joyful because I knew him. I will love him madly and deeply into the great beyond.

  8. James Kron says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. For the last six years of my career I spent Tuesdays in Dubuque. I met Mike at Mario’s and we became good friends. We both had a love for a couple of fingers of Gin, his with pickled onions mine with olives. After retirement I would visit Dubuque occasionally, specifically to see Mike and eat at Mario’s. Now I’ve lost two great buddies, Mike and Mario. I was shocked this Tuesday when I walked into Mario’s and found out that my good friend had passed. I bet Mike and Mario are having a great time in Heaven!! Again I am sorry for your loss.

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