ANKERBERG, Charles W., Sr., "Charlie" longtime St. Petersburg resident, Charlie passed away at home with family by his side at the age of 88 on March 1, 2010. He was born Sept. 14, 1921 the second of 4 brothers (Dick, Earl and Joe all deceased), in Chicago, IL, sons of Paul Richard and Eldora Ankerberg, a minister of the Methodist Church. Among the many accomplishments of his life he served in the National Guard and then the U.S. Navy from 1938 to 1945 as a signalman and Naval Aviator Carrier Fighter Pilot. He left the Navy as a Lieutenant JG. He was married to Irene Marshall, had three children (Warren, Mary Jo and Susan) and worked for over 25 years as a manager for Foremost Dairies, Inc. He was owner/ operator of St. Pete Ship Building Company and Marina in Bayboro Harbor and Indian Springs Marina in Indian Rocks Beach. He was active for over 25 years in the Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver Award; the Combined Forces Four Stacker Destroyer Group of the Asiatic Fleet; Charles Lindberg's Quiet Birdman (QB) association and many others. He is survived by his wife, Irene Ankerberg; son, Charles Warren Ankerberg, Jr.; daughter, Susan Baker; son-in-law, Ed Baker; granddaughters, Catherine Stergeos and husband, Stephen, Marcel McKinstry and husband, Kevin; grandson, Daniel; three great-grandchildren, Darian, Joey, and Emily. All whom reside in St. Petersburg. His first daughter Mary Jo preceded him in death in 2004. Visitation will be held Friday , March 5th from 57 pm with a prayer service beginning at 6 pm at Brett Funeral Home 4810 Central Ave., St.Petersburg, with Funeral Mass at Blessed Trinity Church 1600 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg on Saturday, March 6th at 10 am and interment at Calvary Cemetery following. A Celebration of Life reception will be held at Blessed Trinity following interment. Flowers may be sent to Brett Funeral Home, or in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. On line memorial & guestbook @ www.brettfuneralhome.net Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services 727-321-3321
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 4, 2010