Richard 'Dick' Ankney


Richard "Dick" R. Ankney, 75, of Defiance, passed away peacefully at home in his favorite chair on July 8, 2014.

He was born on January 19, 1939, to Rudy and Gertrude (Rosselet) Ankney in Defiance, Ohio. Dick was a farmer, but had also worked for Defiance Township for over 40 years. On June 11, 1960, he married Mary Font and they lived in Defiance.

Dick was a life member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Junction and the AMVETS. He also belonged to the American Legion, VFW, Eagles, Moose and Auglaize Fox Club.

Richard is survived by his loving spouse of 54 years, Mary; sons, Marvin (Deanna) Ankney of Stryker, Ohio, Ray (Linda) Ankney, John Ankney and Tim Ankney, all of Defiance; daughters, Marilyn (Ron) Steel, Brenda (Larry Couts) Clingaman and Ginny (Tim) Wiseman, all of Defiance; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary (Glen) Johnson of Cecil, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bill Ankney.

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. today, July 10, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home Inc., Defiance, Ohio, and one hour before the funeral service begins on Friday. A vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. today, with Deacon Don Meyer officiating. The AMVETS will also perform a service at 5 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Father John Stites officiating. Burial will take place in the Junction Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at

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