Luke Michael Ackerman, 10
Luke Michael Ackerman (“Luker Pants”), age 10, died Aug. 19, 2018 at his home in Post Falls, Idaho. Luke was born on Dec. 8, 2007, in Bakersfield, Calif., to father Casey Cosmo Ackerman and mother Deborah Lynn Cox. He moved to the Coeur d’Alene area at the age of 18 months with his parents in 2008 and had resided there since.
Throughout the course of his 10 years, Luke battled a degenerative genetic disease called GM1 Gangliosidosis Type 2, which eventually took his life. Luke loved being read to, Johnny Cash, Batman, slapstick comedy and anything with wheels that went fast.
He attended North Star Development Center since the age of 4 and had just stopped going months ago due to his decline in health. Whether you knew him for just a minute or his whole life, Luke’s smile and green eyes had a way of making a permanent place in the hearts of so many. With a laugh that lit up the darkest day, he will be sorely missed.
Luke will be joining his grandparents, Thomas and Susan Cox; his aunt, Cheryl Sembach; and great-grandmother, Mary Decker in heaven.
He is survived by his parents, Casey Cosmo Ackerman and Deborah Lynn Cox (ages 37 and 30); sister, Montana Lynn Ackerman (age 9); brother, Isaiah James Thomas Ackerman (age 7); and his grandparents, James Lewis Carr and Robyn Amy Carr (ages 72 and 63).
Please send any donations to the CureGM1 Foundation in memory of Luke. A memorial service will be held for Luke at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at Encounter Church, 14438 N. Highway 41 Rathdrum, Idaho. You may visit Luke’s online memorial at www.belltowerfuneralhome.com.