Jay E. Akely

July 3, 1942 - November 29, 2019

Jay E. Akely


Poplar Grove, IL

Jay Eugene Akely, age 77, born in Chicago, attended Chicago and suburban public schools.  Graduated Cum Laude from Upper Iowa University while serving the Elk Grove Village Police Department.  Came up through the ranks and retired after more than 20 years as a Lieutenant and Commander of the Patrol Division.  US Navy Veteran, after relocating to Boone County, served as a volunteer firefighter, was a Salvation Army Advisory Board Member, Bonus Township Planning Commission Member as well as serving on the Boards of the Boone County Crimestoppers and Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum.

Survived by his wife and best friend, Christina; brother, Phil (Joanne) Akely; son, Jay (Vivian) Akely; daughter Shelle Young; stepdaughters, Kelly (Scott) Clayton, Tracey (Patrick) Collins, Melanie Kvistad; five Grandchildren.

Jay loved aviation and was a private pilot and aircraft owner.  He had a special love for Stearman and Cessna Airplanes.  Loved the outdoors, enjoyed fishing, hunting and outdoor sports; and was a fan of the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks.

In keeping with Jay’s desires; private family services have taken place.  Arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.  To share a memory, please visit

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I just discovered that Jay had passed away when searching for another veteran’s obituary. I’m so sorry for your loss Christina. Jay was such a wonderful guy. I first met him way back in 1994 when I was working as a photographer for WTVO and did a video essay of his work as a volunteer fire fighter. We’ve stayed in touch over the years and always valued his friendship. If there is anything I can do to help please contact me at the Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County at 815-544-6464. My sincere condolences on the loss of Jay.

Bob Ryder 2019-12-26T10:31:08

Jay looked after everyone he encountered, something of which I know you are already well aware. Knowing he was keeping an eye on my girls as they waited for the bus (walkie-talkie in hand) gave me a great deal of security. Seeing him greet my dog, Nova, on his neighborhood walks always made me smile. Talking with him on those walks always improved my mood. Jay was a GOOD man who will be sorely missed!
Kathy Engel

Kathy Engel 2019-12-06T18:24:39

Jay always treated me kindly. He was a great client and friend. He will be missed by many. Prayers for the Akely Family 🙏.

Michael Naqvi 2019-12-04T14:38:10

Jay, don jones, and me started our police careers in Elk Grove on the same day in November 1966. He was my across the parking lot neighbor in the quads in Elk Grove, and the best man at my wedding to my wife Kathy. He was always fun to be with, and I still use some of the things He used to say (like “stupidopid” in describing some situations). He was a good man and was a friend. Condolences to the family.

Jerry Walsh 2019-12-04T10:10:32

We flew our Stearmans together many times, we chased the elusive $100.00 hamburger and at the end of the day had an occasional beer together. We will miss you Jay.

Duane & Mary Bolin 2019-12-03T18:00:52

Jay was a great guy and fun to hang around with. I enjoyed his stories, perspective and comments on various topics. He certainly loved flying and in fact, I saw him in his plane recently. He will be missed!

JON BERTRAM 2019-12-02T13:58:19

Jan once said that he lived to fly. And flew he did! Just weeks ago, he gave a big wave and wide grin as he taxied out to surf the skies. We are sorry for your loss.

Bob & Jodi Matthews 2019-12-02T13:44:13

We are so saddened to hear this. Jay will be missed so much! He always had smiles and showed love to his friends during each encounter. Please take care of yourself. We love you.
Cindy & Ken Starzyk

cindy starzyk 2019-12-02T13:00:35


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