Lyle R. Ackert, 71

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Lyle R. Ackert, 71, of Rhinebeck, NY, died suddenly at his home on Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Born in Rhinebeck on June 25, 1940, he was the son of the late Lyle W. and Nedra (Hover) Ackert. Lyle was a graduate of Rhinebeck High School- Class of 1958.

In 1958 Lyle entered the United States Air Force; he served at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Pease AFB in New Hampshire, and in Okinawa, Japan during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served as military police and was in charge of protecting strategic nuclear weapons at a pivotal time in history of the United States. Lyle also served at Minot AFB in North Dakota until his honorable discharge in 1962. He was a longtime active member of Montgomery Post 429 American Legion in Rhinebeck, NY.

In November of 1970 Lyle began working for the NYS Office of Parks, Rec and Historic Preservation/Taconic Region as a Park Ranger. In October of 1971 he became an officer with the Park Police. He attained the rank of Sergeant in June of 1989 and retired from the NYS Park Police, Taconic Region- North and South zones in June of 1996. Following his retirement he continues to work for 10 years as a NYS Park Ranger.

Lyle married Ruth Fraleigh Ackert in February of 1993 and eventually moved to Santa Maria, CA. Following the passing of his wife in May of 2006, he moved back to his beloved Rhinebeck.

He is survived by his loving sister; Mallory Alexander-Lewis and her husband Stephen of Schenectady, NY, along with many cousins and friends.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes in Rhinebeck on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 PM. Montgomery Post #429- American Legion will conduct services during visitation.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at Clermont Cemetery, Clermont, NY.

Memorial donations may be made in Lyle’s memory to the Montgomery Post 429 American Legion, P.O. Box 429, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 or the American Cancer Society, 2678 South Rd, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY.

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