Alva J. Ancil, 82, of LaFontaine, formerly of Gas City, died at 4:20 pm September 11, 2008 in St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 2, 1926 to the late Alva W. and Esther R. (Oswalt) Ancil in Sweetser, Indiana. He was a World War II veteran, enlisting in the U.S. Navy in January 1943, and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters as an aviation mechanic. On October 27, 1946, he married Dorothy Ann Wheeler. Following stints working as a farmer, auto mechanic, and machine operator, he owned and operated Twin City Cabinet in Jonesboro. Later, he worked as a union carpenter throughout central Indiana, and concluded his working career as a construction superintendent, traveling throughout the southern United States on various major building projects. Returning to Indiana, he retired to his mini-farm in LaFontaine, near his boyhood home. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Junior Order United American Mechanics, and the Gas City Moose Lodge. He was an avid softball player, bowler, and outdoorsman, enjoying all types of hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Dorothy, of LaFontaine, and their three children, Iris (Larry) Yeager of Marion, Mike (Diane) Ancil of Battle Creek, Michigan, and Patti (Rex) Dobson of LaFontaine. Also surviving are three sisters, Ruth Ellen (Russell) Bowland of Amboy, Greta (Jerry) Rhoads of Orion, Illinois, and Phyllis Stepler, of Amboy; eight grandchildren, Trent Shinholt of Gas City, Amy J. Miller of Greenwood, Christine Harrington, Anchorage, Alaska, Kelly Zion of Gas City, Susan Ancil of Carrolton, Georgia, Lacey Keefe of Anchorage, Alaska, Tracey Carter of Marion, Christopher Rush of Indianapolis, eight step-grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 11 step great-grandchildren, one step great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Goldie A. Ancil and Dorman K. Ancil.
Services are Monday, September 15, 2008 at 11 am at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Storey Chapel, 400 E. Main Street, Gas City, Indiana. Burial with military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery in Gas City.
Visitation is Sunday, September 14, 2008 from 2 to 6 pm at the funeral home.
Officiating will be Pastor Rob Schwarze.
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