In Loving Memory
Harold Alvin Ankeny
April 26, 1925 — December 17, 2014
2 p.m. • January 3, 2015 • Newberg Friends Church
Harold Ankeny lived a full life. He loved good food, especially ice cream; helping others, especially those in need; the church; his many friends; his family; and Jesus. He had a gift for being steady during hard times, for taking on assignments that others eschewed, and giving generously of his time to his community.
Harold was born April 26, 1925, in Laurel, Nebraska, the third of four children of Roy and Ethel (Baker) Ankeny. During his tenth year, the family moved fourteen miles outside the small town of Allen. Here, members of Springbank Friends Church welcomed the family with pies and invited them to church. This introduction led to a lifetime of involvement among Friends.
He entered Oregon State University as a college freshman in 1946. Not really knowing his purpose in life he agreed to attend a Youth for Christ service with a friend in the summer of 1947. At that event he gave his life to Christ, deciding to dedicate his life to ministry and a lifetime commitment to helping others. Soon after, he entered Pacific College, where he was a star football player and three-sport athlete, involved in student government, choir, and ministry. Here he met and married Betty Jean Orkney in 1948, the love of his life for the next 66 years.
After graduation from George Fox College in 1950, Harold became a minister, and the couple’s first pastorate was at Agnew Friends Church near Port Angeles, Washington. After four years, the family moved to Timber, Oregon, where he built and pastored Timber Friends Church. They then moved to Idaho, where he taught at Greenleaf Friends Academy. Feeling again the call to church ministry, Harold accepted a position in 1961 as minister of Christian education of a large interdenominational church in Sierra Madre, California. Wanting to return to work among Friends, Harold worked in a similar position for California Yearly Meeting for two years before returning to Oregon in 1968 to serve at George Fox College.
Over the next 23 years at George Fox, Harold served in a variety of roles: dean of students, director of financial aid, annual fund director, and director of planned giving. While in these roles, Harold completed a master of public administration degree from Lewis and Clark College in 1979. As much as Harold liked working for George Fox University, he loved his involvement in the greater community even more. George Fox University awarded him several times for his many contributions: Alumnus of the Year in 1992; the Sports Hall of Fame for football, basketball, and baseball in 2001; and, along with Betty, the Volunteers of the Year in 2002.
Retiring in 1991, Harold and Betty enjoyed traveling around the country in their pickup and trailer. They planned their trips around Harold’s interest in family history. Taking a scientific approach to perfection, Harold loved making peanut brittle to give to family members and sell at the annual George Fox Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar. Even more, he loved helping Betty in her flower ministry.
A severe stroke at the age of 83 was the hardest experience Harold ever had to deal with. The loss of language, the inability to type and spell, the loss of mobility, and the inability to read and pursue family history were very difficult for him to embrace. A major heart attack in February 2012 set him back even further. In spite of these difficulties, he lived through these years with many sources of joy, praying for family and friends. He continued to love Jesus, Betty, his kids, and their families.
He was not afraid of death, and when his youngest child, Tim, died suddenly in October, Harold was eager to join him. He slipped from this life into the next at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, leaving behind him a legacy of a life well and fully lived. Surviving are his wife, Betty; his daughter, Vicki, and son-in-law Dan Johnson; son Mark and daughter-in-law Becky Ankeny; daughter-in-law Frances Ankeny, seven grand- children and their spouses; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Contributions in memory of Harold can be made to the Harold and Betty Ankeny Endowed Scholarship Fund at George Fox University, 414 N. Meridian St., Newberg, OR 97132.