Lester C. Akard, 84, of Amarillo, TX went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.
Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church chapel with Dan Carter officiating. Burial will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Lester was born March 15, 1935, in Wellington, TX to Augusta Garvin and William Thomas Akard. Lester was number 11 of 12 children. He enlisted in the US Air Force at age 17 and spent 8 years servicing B52 aircraft. He was stationed in Okinawa during the Korean War and returned to Lincoln Air Force Base under SAC command until he left the service. He attended Arlington State College in Arlington, TX.
Lester was owner and operator of Del Norte Beauty Salon and was a licensed hairdresser for 55 years, 40 of those years were in Albuquerque, NM, before moving to Amarillo. He retired in 2015, due to health reasons.
He is survived by his wife, Thalia Akard; sons, Steven Akard, and Dr. Michael Akard; daughter, Melissa Njus and son-in-law, Kirk Njus; grandsons, Manuel Akard, Garrett and Gavin Njus; and granddaughters, Micah Akard and Gabriella Akard.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 1100 S. Harrsion, Amarillo, TX 79101; or to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601.