Charles H. Ankney, age 85, of Burr Oak, Mich., passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 15, 2012, at Sturgis Hospital.
He was born Aug. 5, 1927, in Sturgis, Mich., son of the late Paul and Marion (Rasbaugh) Ankney.
Mr. Ankney was a lifelong Burr Oak resident and a graduate of Burr Oak High School with the class of 1945.
On July 29, 1949, he married Carol J. Hogmire in Angola, Ind. She died Nov. 14, 2001.
He retired from the Kirsch Company in Sturgis following 32 years of employment. He had also worked Victor Screw Products, Burr Oak Redi-Mix and Cary Glad Farm, all in Burr Oak.
Chuck was an active dedicated member of the Burr Oak Fire Department for the past 51 years and served on the Burr Oak Village Council and the fire board.
Mr. Ankney was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War with the 5th Corps Division in Germany earning the rank of Corporal. He was a member of Neuman-Wenzel Post #73 American Legion. He enjoyed golf cart rides around Burr Oak with his dog Peaches, never ending home improvement projects and in his younger years he enjoyed hunting.
He is survived by two daughters, Barbara J. Rosales of Holland and Kathy (Douglas) Wall of Burr Oak; two sons, Mark J. (Theresa) Ankney of Three Rivers and Timothy J. (Kathy) Ankney of Richland; eight grandchildren, Stephen S. Ankney, Rebecca (Shawn Tribolet) Wall, Matthew D. (Monica) Wall, Joshua B.C. Rosales, Nicholas J. Ankney, Tyler M. Ankney, Clayton P. Ankney and Jeffrey P. Ankney; 12 great-grandchildren, Sage Tristyn, Kain Xavier, Xaundra Halo, Joshua B.C., Ahleisandra Jolynn, Keller Douglas, Avery Torrence, Aiden Matthew, Quinten August, Camden Michael, Randilynn and Langdon; two step-grandchildren, Kylee (Ben) Knapp and Natalie (Scott) Boland; three sisters, Pauline Ankney and Donna Sweet, both of Burr Oak and Pat Kyle of Sturgis; three sisters-in-law, Alice Redmond, Alice Verspelt and Donna Wood of Sturgis; several nieces, nephews and cousins including a favorite cousin, Frederick Ankney of Trenton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers, Paul Ankney, Jr. and Donald Ankney; one sister, Virginia Miller and sister-in-law, Mary Jeanne Bogucki.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331. In accordance with his wishes cremation will follow the visitation. A memorial service celebrating the life of Charles H. Ankney will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sturgis Wesleyan Church, 907 N. Nottawa St. in Sturgis. Mr. Larry Wallman will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak where fireman honors and full military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Ankney’s memory consider the Burr Oak Fire Department 208 W. Front St., Burr Oak, MI 49030.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.