Dean Ancell - Lincoln KS
5/13/1923 - 5/18/2011
Darrel Dean Ancell was born on May 15, 1923, in rural Lincoln County to Richard Everett and Hazel Berkley Ancell (who died when he was an infant); Richard later married Lilly Brumbaugh, so Dean was blessed with two mothers and two families.
Dean graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941 and enrolled at Kansas State University that fall. In 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army. He served in a rifle company in the 9th Infantry Division in Europe. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He also was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the American Campaign Medal. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1945, he returned to K-State, where he graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Physics.
He was offered employment by the Atomic Energy Commission to help develop nuclear weapons; instead he chose to return to and operate the family farm. In 1952 he married Delores Irene Lovin and they remained on this farm for the next 43 years before retiring to Lincoln. Delores preceded him in death earlier this year. The couple had three children: DeAnn Ancell and Bruce Bohnen of Dorrance, KS, Susan Ancell of Rodeo, CA and Richard and Julia Ancell of Sylvan Grove; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Vesper, Sylvan American Legion Post #359, Lincoln Masonic Lodge #154 and the Isis Temple and Consistory of Salina.
People who knew Dean knew how much he loved to farm. It was simply the only thing he wanted to do. Delores sometimes joked that she wasn't sure if he loved her or the cows more. Most people will remember Dean the same way....overalls, a Co-op cap, driving a dirty pick-up with tobacco juice on the driver's door. He told the same jokes over and over again and laughed each time as if it were the first time he had heard it. He didn't mind having a drink now and then, as anyone who rode with him much soon learned.
He was an uncommon man who had many common qualities. He was loyal and devoted to his friends and family, and was fiercely proud of his country. As he once said, It wouldnt be too bad of a country if it werent for the rain, Russians and Republicans.
Visitation - 1:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, May 22, 2011. The family will be present 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Service - 10:00 A.M. Monday, May 23, 20ll, at Lincoln United Methodist Church. Interment in Lincoln City Cemetery will follow.
Memorials may be made to Lincoln United Methodist Church or Lincoln County Hospital.