John Alden Ackland, 66 of Minocqua, was called home at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, on Friday, Oct. 8. 
John was always a Wisconsin resident, and lived in the Minocqua area for many years, where he was an elder at Woodruff Baptist Church. He was well-known in the community, loved and respected by everyone who knew him. 
John was born in Detroit on June 26, 1955 to William and Jeanette Ackland.
He raised a family in the Green Bay area, where he worked as a machinist for Paper Converting, as well as Webex for over 12 years in Neenah. He did machinist work for various other companies over the course of his working life, but his last job  was as a delivery driver for Advanced Auto in Woodruff.
In true Northwoods fashion, John had a great love of fishing, and was well-known in the Lac du Flambeau/Minocqua area as a fishing guide.  He was also a volunteer firefighter and EMT with Minocqua Fire Department. 
As a successful dialysis transplant patient for UW-Madison, he was selected as a representative for Dialysis Patient Citizens Hill Day in Washington D.C., March 2015. 
Despite John’s health challenges, he was so caring of others. A friendly, warm-hearted, smiling individual who lived out his faith in God. For John, it was God, family, and country. He loved all three. His wife, Radine, was the love of his life. They were blessed to have 21 years together. 
He is survived by his wife Radine (Sego) Ackland of Minocqua; his mother Jeanette Ackland of Milwaukee; his brother Clay Ackland of Milwaukee; his two daughters: Joanne Ackland of Milwaukee, Jennifer Ackland of Colorado Springs, and a stepdaughter Lisa Valliere of Lac du Flambeau; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Steven and Davina Sego of Nokomis; as well as grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. 
A celebration of John’s life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at the Woodruff Baptist Church, with light refreshments served downstairs after the service. 
Flowers and/or donations will be accepted on behalf of the family by Bolger Cremation and Funeral Services, who are assisting with arrangements, www.bolgerfuneral.com.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
Psalm 116 v 15