Obituary of David L. Akey
From the Colon Express, June 7, 1928: “The sudden death of David L. Akey, Tuesday afternoon, was a severe shock to his relatives and hundreds of friends throughout the community and county, and by his Colon suffers the loss of one of its most valued pioneer citizens.
How often have we conversed with Mr. Akey’s business associates and men who met him daily commenting on his remarkable alertness regardless of his nearly eighty years, and he carried on with his activities until the end which came at 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Akey’s death came without a moments warning. He had spent the forenoon at home, working in the garden, and showed not a sign of illness or feeling out of the ordinary while at the noonday lunch. Recievne a telphone call from Mr. Mangold that he would come to the home on some legal business. Mr. Akey went to his room to change clothes and prepare for the afternoon’s business. Mr. Mangold came shortly, and upon his arrival Mrs. Akey conversed with him a moment then went to the room to assist Mr. Akey and found that he had collapsed. Mr. Mangold assisted in removing him to a comvortable place and Dr. Harman was hastily summoned, but he could not be revived, having suffered a severe heart attack.
Davud K, Akey, one of the most worthy pioneers of Colon and of St. Joseph county, was one of a family of ten children, the sixth son of Robert and Phian Zimmerman Akey, was born September 2, 1848, in the state of Ohio. The only surviving member of the family being Alonzo Akey