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William F. "Bill" Akana

William F.  William F. “Bill” Akana, Jr., age 89, of Manhattan, Kansas, died Saturday evening, May 6, 2017, at the Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kansas.

He was born on December 17, 1927, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of William F. and Gertrude (Kane) Akana, Sr. Bill was raised in Hawaii where he attended local schools, graduating from Kaimuki High School in 1946.

Following his high school graduation he enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in Japan in criminal investigations until his honorable discharge.

Bill moved to Emporia, Kansas after receiving a football scholarship to attend Emporia State Teachers College. While at Emporia State he earned his Bachelor’s degree in secondary education (1953), and his Master’s degree in business (1955). He then did additional graduate work at Kansas State University.

On May 29, 1956, in Longford, Kansas, he was united in marriage to Verla J. Cline. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May of 2016.

Bill taught high school Biology and American History at Longford High School, Longford, Kansas and then at Blue Valley High School in Randolph, Kansas prior to moving to Manhattan where he taught science classes at Monsignor Luckey High School. Throughout his high school teaching career he coached football.

Beginning In 1967, he went to work for the Federal Civil Service at Fort Riley, Kansas. In 1977, he moved to Hawaii where he served with the Federal Civil Service as the Athletic Director at Ft. Schafter and Schofield Barracks military bases on the island of Oahu until his retirement.

In 2003, Bill and Verla moved to Manhattan, Kansas where he spent his remaining years.

Outside of his love for football, Bill was an avid golfer. Prior to his failing health he had enjoyed playing golf locally at the Stagg Hill Golf Course and the Manhattan Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Verla Akana, of their home in Manhattan and by their two daughters: Kelly Hallowell (Shawn) of Manhattan, and Bobbi Ahu (Tim) of Waipahu, Hawaii. Other survivors include seven grandchildren: Kehau Gregory (DJ), Kimberly Davis (Zachary), Kaimi Ahu, Makana Ahu (Isamu Jarman), Trey Ahu, Kenton Hallowell, Kevin Hallowell and two great granddaughters: Emory Davis and Luca Gregory. Bill is also survived by one sister: Leilani Mahi and one brother: Newton Pescia, both of Hawaii.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers: Dayle Pescia and Mervin Akana.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. Private memorial services will be held at a later date in Hawaii.

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Memorials have been established for the Flint Hills Breadbasket and for the National Kidney Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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