AKHIKAR, Awikam “Alex” – of Grand Blanc, MI, age 78, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in St. John Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 10:00 Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Alex was born in Baghdad, Iraq on April 1, 1942, son of the late Benjamin and Connie (Kalou) Akhikar. He married Loudia “Lydia” Yousif on April 1, 1978. Alex retired from General Motors in 1998 after 24 years of service. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Alex enjoyed soccer when he was a boy in Iraq. His passion for the sport followed him to the United States where he watched it religiously. Alex also liked American football. He was a social man who enjoyed conversing with strangers, entertaining friends, sharing a cup of chia tea or cracking jokes. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.
Alex will be very much missed by his loving wife of 42 years, Lydia Akhikar; three children, Rashell (Brian) Chambers, Robert Akhikar, Alan (Jamie) DeKelaita; six grandchildren, Alivia, Grace, Evelyn, Benjamin, Patrick and Francis; many other loving family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Connie Akhikar; siblings, Penna, Madaline, Zelpha, Hannibal and Regina.