Walt Ansel, 71

Walt Ansel, 71, of Wabash, passed away at 4:40 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  He was born in Floyd County, Ky. on Aug. 17, 1948, to Bud Delbert and Dussie (Perry) Ansel.

Walt married Karla on July 4, 1996. He retired from General Tire after 25 years. He also worked as a janitor for MJV- Econoclean. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge.

Walt is survived by his wife, Karla; two sons, Craig David Ansel and Mike Venosky of Wabash; one daughter, Melissa Jeane Rigle (Tony) of Peru; two step-sons, Brian (Ashley) Hults of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. and Jeff Hults of Wabash; four brothers, Ray (Janet) Jacobs of Wabash, Dennis (Ruthann) Ansel of Indinapolis, Jr. Ansel and Charles Chaffin of Wabash; two sisters, Mrs. Fred Alieen Wishman of Wabash, and Shirley Johnson (Carl) of Dema, Ky.; five grandchildren, Vaughn (Jen) Ansel, Brandon (Brittany) Wilkinson, Madison Venosky, Ian Ansel, Coty Black, Kaycee Williams, Jimi Hults, Christian Rutz, Philip Hults, and Elena Hults and ten great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services were on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 at McDonald Funeral Home, Wabash, with Pastor Tim Webb officiating, with visitation prior.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash County Animal Shelter.

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Posted on 2020 Jan 29