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Frederick William Ankenman

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Dec. 9, 1921 - May 16, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Frederick William (Fritz) Ankenman, age 86, a long time resident of Lebanon Neb., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 16, 2008, after a long illness. He was living at the Brighton Gardens Nursing Home in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the time of his death.

He was born in Norcator, Kan., Dec. 9, 1921, to Frederick and Gail Ankenman. To this union two sons were born. Together, they shared 59 years of marriage.

Fred joined the military during the Second World War and retired from the Air Force after 24 years service. During his distinguished career, he flew P-38 and P-47 fighter aircrafts in Europe during World War II. He also served in Korea during the Korean War. He had numerous other assignments. He was an instructor pilot on jet aircraft, a commercial transportation officer, and Transportation Squadron Commander. He retired from the Air Force in 1964 at the rank of Major. After his retirement, he became a Field Engineer for Winchester Arms Company building Trap & Skeet Gun Clubs throughout the western United States.

Fred loved hunting, fishing and shooting trap and skeet. His real enjoyment came from helping the people in his community.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Frederick and Gail Ankenman; his wife, Laverne; one grandson, Terry Ankenman; two sisters, Aril and Hildred; and one brother, Kenneth.

Survivors include his two sons, Larry Ankenman and wife, Bella and Terry Ankenman; grandson, Larry Ankenmen, Jr.; granddaughter, Marlys and husband, Mike; and great-grandsons, Michel, Matthew, Marcus, and Frederick and wife, Lenore.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends may leave condolences at www.carpenterbreland.com

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 29, 2008, 10:00 a.m. at Carpenter Breland Chapel with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery with military honors.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.