John Richard “Jack” Aaker, 1943

Fall 2017 (August 31, 2017)

John Richard “Jack” Aaker, 92, of South Bend, Ind., passed away on Oct. 19, 2015, at his home of natural causes while he was picking tomatoes from his garden. Jack was born October 30, 1922, in Minot, N.D., to the late Casper D. and Leda (Mansfield) Aaker.

Jack is survived by his daughter, Karen (Paul) Billingslea and his son, David Aaker, both of New Buffalo, Mich. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Mackley and his brother, William Aaker.

Jack proudly served his country in World War II as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy stationed in the Pacific. After the war, Jack was employed by Chase Bank in New York City as the Assistant Economist in the Economic Department and the Petroleum Department. He was then employed by City Trust Bank in Bridgeport, Conn., as the Vice President and Head of the Trust Department. He was also employed by the First National Bank of Arizona, in Phoenix as the Vice President and Head of the Trust Investment Department and the 1st Source Bank in South Bend as a Senior Vice President of Bank Investments.

A celebration of John's life was held March 30, 2016, at Palmer Funeral Home - River Park, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46615. Online condolences may be left for the Aaker family at


John Richard “Jack” Aaker