Brian M. Ansley, 34, of Ridgeway, died Sunday, March 11, 2018, as a result of an automobile crash.
He was born March 18, 1983, in Kenton.
Survivors include his father, Donald Ansley of Ridgeway; his mother and stepfather, Bonnie and Don Vermillion of rural Forest; three children, Troy Cameron, Addyson and Kashley Ansley and the mother of his children, Jessi Kalb, all of Ridgeway; a sister, Robin (Jimmie) Bailey of Belle Center; stepbrother Damon (Steph) Vermillion of Maryland; stepsister, Carla (Tom Shifflet) Ross of Upper Sandusky; grandmother, Helen McGee Ansley of Bellefontaine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William R. Ansley and Homer and Clarabelle Weaver; cousins Krista Ansley McDonald and Joel Draper; and uncles, Dennis Keith Ansley and Jack Acton.
Brian was a 2001 graduate of Ridgemont High School, where he was active in FFA and earned his state degree, and was an industrial arts student. He restored a 1947 H Farmall for a class project. He was a graduate of the University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima, majoring in high performance automotive. He was the owner of Ansley’s Engines and a member of the Cummin’ Atcha Pulling team. He modified his ever-popular school bus flatbed trailer to haul his tug truck.
As a child, Brian tagged along with his Grandpa Ansley to learn some of his electrical skills. At Mom’s he would sneak tools to the garage to modify his dirt bike. When his Dad commented that he was tired of blue trucks, Brian and his sister, Robin gave Dad’s truck a new paint job with used oil. Dad was not happy.
He started his working career at Crates Farms and Excavating and on to International Paper, Advanced Auto, NAPA in Marion, store manager at NAPA in Kenton, Land Tech in Kenton and MIG in Bellefontaine.
Brian’s pleasures included his children occasionally helping and observing with him in his shop; Jessi and Troy enjoying tugging with him; all his friends that he gave advice to or shared his open door policy to his home shop to use or just hang out in; and customers that he tried his best to accommodate when needed. He was quick-witted, but his children also kept him on his toes as they also learned that trait.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the children’s benefit and scholarship fund.
Calling is from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Price-McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton. Services are at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Kenton, with Pastor Tim Kohl officiating. Burial follows at Wolfcreek Cemetery
The family request casual dress and Cummin' Atcha friends are asked to wear their team gear.
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