Bill Ankenman, retired rancher, passed away Nov. 18. Bill was born on Oct. 29, 1933 to Leigh and Helen (Coldiron) Ankenman in Crawford, Colo.
Bill married Betty Lou Barsch on Aug. 1, 1953 and they enjoyed 66 wonderful years together. Bill is survived by his wife Betty Lou and daughter, Carol Coiner. Other survivors are daughter-in-law Sandy Ankenman and granddaughters Autumn Fuhrman, Lacey Ankenman and Abbey Ankenman. Bill was preceded in death by his son Chris Ankenman.
After Bill’s family and many friends, his passion was cattle ranching. He was never in an environment he was not interested in cattle, hay, water, or something about the cattle industry. Bill was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Miami, Okla., where he had served on the session. Bill had also been a science teacher and held a master’s degree from Western Colorado University. Bill was instrumental in the American Tarentaise Association and developing and promoting the Tarentaise cattle breed in the United States. Bill served as the past president of the Ottawa County Rural Water District No. 4. He was also a 4-H Club leader in Colorado.
A celebration of life for Bill will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in Miami, Okla. Pastor Ray VandeGiessen will officiate.
Notes of encouragement for the family may be left at www.brown-winters.com. Services are under the direction of Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Miami.