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August 2012       Vol. 41, No. 8       Page  133
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In Memoriam

Byron L. Akers, Jr.
May 4, 1930–June 16, 2012

Sidney Goldstein

James John Kissell
d. July 4, 2012, age 65

Richard G. Lesko
February 10, 1928–July 6, 2012

Joseph Niederhauser
October 30, 1980–June 30, 2012

Ann C. Scales
May 29, 1952–June 24, 2012

Alexander C. Tejada
July 30, 1950–June 16, 2012


Byron L. Akers, Jr.

Byron L. Akers, Jr., passed away June 16, 2012, in Colorado Springs. He was 82 years old. Byron had practiced law, primarily in El Paso County, from 1956 until recently. His practice focused on estate planning and probate, with an elder law specialty. In 2008, he received the Mikki Kraushaar Senior Services Award for Exceptional Public Service from the El Paso County Bar Association.

Byron recently had practiced law with Holland & Hart LLP, after tenures with Spurgeon, Haney and Howbert and Haney, Howbert and Akers. He began his career as an assistant District Attorney for El Paso, Elbert, and Douglas Counties. Byron was President of the El Paso County Bar Association in 1974.

He was a lifelong resident of Colorado Springs and lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church. His caring manner of serving his clients and others seeking his help and advice were hallmarks of his career.

Byron had many outside interests. He maintained management of Ghost Town, a recreated 1800s Old West town started by his parents and a top Pikes Peak region tourist attraction. He was an expert in antique cars and owned a 1942 Lincoln Continental Bullet Proof Touring car used by Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. Byron was a scratch golfer. He was a lifelong student of the Bible and actively practiced his faith until his death. Byron is survived by his wife LaVerne, three daughters, grandchildren, and his brother John.

—Submitted by Bruce Buell

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