William F. Ansley Budget officer

June 14, 1994

William F. Ansley, a retired civilian budget officer for the Air Force, died Friday at the Frederick Villa Nursing Center in Catonsville of complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 80.

He had served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War and retired as a commander in the Naval Reserve.

From 1953 to 1973, he worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. A year after retiring there, he retired as a naval officer.

He had joined the Navy in 1940 and had been a staff communications officer aboard flagships in the Atlantic and during the invasion of North Africa. He was assigned to the USS Augusta when it took President Franklin D. Roosevelt to meet with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill off Newfoundland.

He served aboard the USS Alabama in the Pacific before ending his World War II service as a communications school instructor. He then left the Navy for three years, but returned to active duty from 1948 to 1953 as comptroller at naval bases in the United States.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a graduate of what is now Drexel University. A rower, he was training for 1940 Olympics which were canceled because of the war. He enlisted shortly afterward.

He did carpentry and woodworking and did much of the work on a retirement home in Sea Isle City, N.J., where he and his wife lived before they moved to Catonsville.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 30 Melvin Ave., Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Margaret Mahoney; three daughters, Patricia Keimig of Woodlawn, Marge Ansley of Sea Isle City and Maria Elliott of London, Ohio; a son, William F. Ansley Jr. of West Lafayette, Ind.; two sisters, Maria Keller of Sea Isle City and Elizabeth Crippen of Conshohocken, Pa.; a brother, John H. Ansley of Berwyn, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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