Frank Ankerway, 85, a lifelong resident of Moscow, died Thursday, Nov. 1, at the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center following an illness. His wife of 62 years is the former Joanne Schultz.
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Born in Scranton, Feb. 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Komenowski Ankerway. He had been employed at Haddon Craftsmen in Scranton for more than 47 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. After joining the Navy in 1945, and while on lookout, he spotted two floating objects in the ocean. A B-24 Bomber went down out of gas and as a result of his observations, five officers were rescued and an additional three more were rescued that might not have been otherwise saved. As a World War II veteran, he received the American and Pacific Theater Ribbons and a Victory Medal.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Also surviving are daughters, Donna Ankerway of Mount Airy, Md.; and Melissa Flower and her husband, Harold, of Factoryville; and four siblings.
Cremation took place in the Lake Region Crematory at the James Wilson Funeral Home, Lake Ariel.
Arrangements by the James Wilson Funeral Home, Lake Ariel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
To send the family an online condolence, visit www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 11, 2012