In Loving Memory…

Cory S. Acklin

Cory Stuart Acklin, 39, of Sedalia, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, May 10, 2020, at his home.

Born October 29, 1980, in Sedalia, he was one of three children of Ronald G. and Marsha L. (Grassham) Acklin.

Cory made his profession of faith in Christ on Mother’s Day 1990 at First Baptist Church of Sedalia, where he was a member.

He was a 1999 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and worked at Duke Manufacturing for over twenty years.

Cory loved working with his hands, whether working on cars or electrical, or building things. He loved being outside and lately had taken up smoking meat. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and NASCAR fan, and was an award-winning dB drag racer. He also loved a Papa Jakes donut.

Cory was a sensitive, caring, creative and witty guy. He was very loyal to and protective of his family and friends, especially his daughter.

Surviving are his parents, Ronald and Marsha Acklin, of Sedalia; his brother, Darron Acklin (Kristin), of Battlefield; his sister, Hailey Acklin, of Springfield; his step-daughter, Victoria Heinmann; two nephews, Tyler and Arron; and his beloved dog, Nikita.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Heckart Funeral Home, with Pastor Greg Morrow officiating. THE FUNERAL WILL BE LIVESTREAMED AT

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow the service at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be given at the funeral home to be divided among charities of the family’s choice.

For those unable to attend the service due to the pandemic restrictions, you may send a “Hug from the Heart.” Send your sympathy message to and we will hand-write your note and attach it to a balloon which will be displayed at the service. The family will be able to see the love and support that surrounds them in their time of loss and know that you are with them in spirit.


46 Responses

  1. Our condolences. So sorry for loss. May god bless you all. We will be praying for you and your family during this time. Love Darrell and Kathy Tilley

  2. To Our Dear Friends
    There are no words that express our sympathy to you, Darrin and Hailey. We love you all and are in our prayers. We will be here for you whenever you need us, like you have been and still are for us. Just know we love you.
    Butch and Barbara Turner and family

  3. My condolences to Cory’s family I knew Cory through my son and work at Duke. God has a new angel .

  4. Cory was a wonderful person and we will miss him very much. He was an important member of the Duke family. Our condolences to his family.

    Robin and Jack Hake

  5. Ronald & Marsha,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are lifting you and the family up to God, knowing that this loss is so much to bear. God’s comfort and strength be with you and may His peace pour over you, as only He can do. My heart is with you. Love you all
    Regina Gower

  6. Ron, Marsha & family,
    Precious Cory will be loved and missed by many.
    Lots of prayers and hugs at this difficult time.
    RIP Cory You are in God’s world.

  7. Ron and Marsha I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for all of you during this time of great loss. Hugs!

  8. Our deepest sympathies to Cory’s family! You will
    be in our thoughts and prayers through these most
    difficult days.
    Mike McDermott

  9. My friend Cory will be sorely missed. God bless him. Peace and comfort to Ron and Marsha and all who grieve his passing.

  10. Ron and Marsha, I’m heartbroken to hear that you lost your son. You were both so good with kids when you watched Stephanie so long ago. I know how much you loved my child so I can’t imagine you losing one you loved even more. My prayers will be for you.

  11. We are so very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Know Cory is flying high with all the other BEAUTIFUL angles.

    Kelly, Debra, Tyler, and Trey Williams

  12. Dear Ron & Marsha,

    We are so sorry for you loss and pray for God’s healing at this time.

    Phil & Sheri Kemp

  13. We are so sorry for your loss! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

  14. May God give you and your family peace and comfort as you grieve the loss of Cory.
    Love and prayers.
    Jon and Sandy.

  15. Ron and Marsha, and family May God grant you peace and comfort at this time. So sorry to hear about your loss. Will keep you in my prayers.

  16. Ronald, Marsha, Friends and Family,

    The Duke family will be thinking about you during this difficult time. We will be mourning the loss of Cory with you.

  17. Ron, Marsha, Darrin, & Hailey,
    Charlie and I are so sorry for your loss you have our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  18. Our hearts are breaking for you as you go through this
    time of loss and hurt. God is our refuge.
    Love you and your family so much!!

    Bud and Nancy

  19. Cory you will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this difficult time. Rest easy my friend you are now with the Lord and his Angels. <3

  20. My sincere sympathy to Cory’s family and friends. Sending sympathy and prayers to all who are feeling the loss of such a wonderful and caring person. Heaven has a new and special angel!

    Susan Hoffman

  21. My deepest heart-felt sympathies to all of the Acklin family. Cory was a such a good friend that will be greatly missed. Take comfort in knowing that this is just a temporary separation. We will see Cory again, but God needed him a little earlier than we expected. Your family will be in my prayers.
    Rodney Walters

  22. Dear friends and family of Cory, I am so sorry to hear of this news of his passing, I work for Duke Manufacturing St Louis branch and i can say that Cory was always very helpful to us and he was very knowledgeable at what he did, he was a good resourceful person for us to go to and he always welcomed up reaching out. As I read the kind words of what kind of person he is, they certainly ring true to me, I did not know Cory real well, but what I did know of him rings true to what I read about him being sensitive, caring creative, and witty I can certainly see that he was those things. I see him as a thoughtful, considerate and caring person.
    Even in this sad time I will say that I am happy to read that he made his profession in Christ back in 1990, I have no doubt that our good Lord looks over Cory in a special way and has welcomed him home. I know loved ones and friends hurt real bad for not having him here with us now but it is good to know he is with our Lord.
    Your family will be in my prayers now and in the days ahead.

    Jerry Sumpter

  23. Very nice young man. Always a pleasure to talk to. We’ll miss you brother. God’s peace to all who mourn this loss.

  24. You got called to do God’s work, homie. I’m gonna miss our talks. I will see you when I get there.

    My sincerest condolences lie with the Acklin family.

  25. Ron and Marsha,

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and provide you with His comfort and peace during this difficult time.

    Steve and Cassandra Craighead

  26. I worked with Cory at Duke. Not closely, but close enough to love his sense of humor. I remember one dark frigid, icy morning last winter. He was having trouble getting to the door, so I sprinkled some extra salt and stayed with him til he made it. He called me his angel. Now he’s with the angels. He will be missed. May you take comfort in knowing it is not goodbye. It is til you meet again.

  27. To Cory’s Family,
    My wife and I were so sorry to hear of Cory’s passing. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends during this difficult time. Please know you are in our prayers.

  28. Condolences to your family. Working with you throughout the years we have all at duke became a family. Knowing that some day we will meet again through Jesus Christ.

  29. I’m so glad I got to know Cory through our shared interest in music. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a big heart. He will be missed.

  30. My sincere sympathy to Cory’s family. He was a great co-worker and friend. Glad to have known him, he will be greatly missed.

  31. Dear Ron and Marsha,
    We are so very sorry. We can’t imagine the sense of loss you must be feeling with Cory’s passing. We will continue to pray that you’ll feel the Holy Spirit’s presence and “the peace that surpasses all understanding.”

  32. Ron and Marsha and family,
    I am so sorry for this unexpected loss and the void it has left. May you be comforted knowing that you will be reunited with Cory again, and may you be uplifted by God’s peace and presence.

  33. Dear Acklin Family,

    I send my sincere sympathies to you. May you find comfort in your faith, family, and friends.

  34. Cory was such a caring, kind, funny guy. I worked w him @ Duke. He was always so helpful without hesitation & I was blessed to have him as a co worker & friend. My prayers go out to his family – Rest In Peace pal.

  35. To Ron Marsha Hailey and Darren sorry to read about your loss. Watched him grow up at First Baptist. Know he takes a piece of your heart ❤️ with him.

  36. Deepest sympathies to Cory’s family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. You will
    be in our thoughts and prayers.

  37. The Fin-Con family extends our hearts to the Acklin and Duke families during this difficult time. Cory’s kind heart and humor, along with his friendly and easygoing demeanor, will be missed greatly. May the memories of his wonderful personality and many contributions be celebrated by all.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Fin-Con Assembly Group

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