Richard Clayton Ankeney
|Also Known As:||"Top"|
|Death:||Died in Virginia Beach, VA, USA|
|Cause of death:||Lung Cancer|
|Managed by:||Douglas Eugene Hershberger|
About Richard Clayton Ankeney
From "The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, Norfolk, VA, Dec 31, 2010"
VIRGINIA BEACH - Retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Richard Clayton Ankeney, 78, of the 1300 block of Willowood Lane, peacefully went to sleep Nov. 25, 2010 after a short three-month battle with cancer.
He was born in Dayton, Ohio and had 15 brothers and sisters. He joined the Marine Corps at 17 years old, served his country for 31 years, and retired in 1980 as a master gunnery sergeant. He then decided to go back to school where he received an assoc- iate's degree from TCC and two bachelor's degrees from Norfolk State University, one of which was in social work. He loved country music, murder mysteries, and was a huge fan of the Redskins and Ohio State's football team.
He met his bride in January 1957 and they got married in March of that same year. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2007.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ann G. Ankeney. He is survived by his four daughters, Beverly Boyce and husband Barry of Newport News, Julia Emmons and husband Lenny of Middleburg, Fla., Elizabeth Hershberger and husband Doug and Rebecca Gwin and husband Raymond, all of Virginia Beach; five grandchildren, Brandon, Molly, Mandi, Ben and Elijah; two great-granddaughters, Sammi and Grace; and a great-grandson on the way, Zander.
At his request, his body has been donated to EVMS for scientific research.
A memorial service will be held at Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, 1445 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, Sunday, Jan. 2, at 4 p.m.
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