Walter "Shorty" Acker
Sunday
5
December

Visitation

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Hadley Funeral Home
405 East Benton St.
Windsor, Missouri, United States
(660) 647-2125
Monday
6
December

Funeral Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday, December 6, 2021
Hadley Funeral Home
405 East Benton St.
Windsor, Missouri, United States
(660) 647-2125
Monday
6
December

Interment

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Monday, December 6, 2021
Laurel Oak Cemetery
501 Poplar Dr.
Windsor, Missouri, United States

Obituary of Walter "Shorty" Acker

Walter Frank “Shorty” Acker, 86, of Windsor, Missouri, died Wednesday evening, December 1, 2021, at his home. He was born December 6, 1934, on the family farm in rural Windsor, Missouri, the son of Harvey Paul Acker and Margaret Fern (Walkup) Acker. On January 19, 1962, at the Windsor United Methodist Church, he married R. Carol Richwine and she survives of the home. After serving in the United States Army, Shorty worked at Ferguson Chevrolet in Windsor as a mechanic for several years before starting Acker Auto Service in 1969. A dare devil at heart, he started racing jalopies on the dirt track in 1955 before moving to the late model racing class. He raced with Acker-Lynde Motor Sports from 1970 until his racing retirement in 2013. A gifted mechanic, Shorty would work on cars all day and return to the shop in the evening to work on his race car. Climbing in his famous Y8 race car, Shorty was at home on the track behind the wheel with his “pit crew” and fans cheering him all the way. The Acker-Lynde racing family enjoyed many family vacations over the years to multi-state racing destinations. In addition to his wife Carol, survivors include a daughter, Chandra M. Acker, Leawood, Ks., and a son, Curtis M. Acker, Lake Lotawana, Mo.; two granddaughters Kyndal L. Maxwell, Kansas City, Mo., and Karrigan L. Maxwell, Leawood, Ks.; a sister, Ruth E. Marshall, Wesley Chapel Florida; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Acker, Overland Park, Ks.; two brothers-in-law, Larry Richwine (Peggy), Pleasant Hill, Mo., and Rick Richwine, Columbia, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenneth Acker, Sr.; a brother-in-law, Jay “J.C.” Marshall; and a brother and sister-in-law, William “Bill” and Joyce Richwine. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 6, 2021, at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor, with Pastor John Streit officiating. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor and graveside military honors will be observed. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Masks are strongly recommended for both the visitation and funeral. The family suggests contributions to the Windsor High School Master Scholarship Endowment Fund (WHS MSEF) for a mechanical scholarship in Shorty’s memory in care of the funeral home.
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