Reverend Dr. Fred Asher Ansell, 67, of Topeka, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2012 at Midland Hospice House. Fred was born June 6, 1945 in Bradford PA, the son of Wilbert K. and Harriet S. (Acker) Ansell. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard J. Ansell. Fred earned his B.S. in Sociology from Eastern Baptist College and then received both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from American Baptist Seminary of the West. He married Ann Maria Trena Abrams in Bradford PA on July 2, 1966. Over 34 years of ministry, Fred served as a Campus Minister in Hays KS, an Area Minister in SE KS, and an Associate Executive Minister before he retired in 2006 as the Executive Minister for the American Baptist Churches of the Central Region (KS, OK, AR). Fred was a member of West Side Baptist Church. Over the years he was involved in many mission trips to Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and Prague. He loved photography, traveling and was an avid gardener. Fred also mentored many men and women going into the ministry and he was a life-long learner, still learning the day before he died. He is survived by his wife Trena, Topeka; children, Aaron Ansell and his wife Jillinda, Topeka, Jennifer Blair and her husband Bob, Milford; grandchildren, Micah Grace Ansell and Christopher Robert Blair; brothers, Kenneth A. Ansell and his wife Bonnie, Colorado Springs CO and Charles F. Ansell and his wife Sarah Beth, Tuscon AZ; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, at First Baptist Church 3033 SW Macvicar, Topeka KS. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association 3599 Rainbow Blvd./ MS 2012 Kansas City KS 66160, West Side Baptist Church 1108 SW Fillmore St, Topeka KS 66606, or American Baptist Churches of the Central Region 5833 SW 29th St, Topeka KS 66614. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com. Reverend Dr. Fred Asher Ansell
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Nov. 7 to Nov. 14, 2012