Max Wayne Ankney, 90, passed away on October 26, 2020, at home with family nearby. Born February 13, 1930, in Somerset, PA, son of Edward and Anna (Miller) Ankney. Preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Treatice Willaman, and Nadine Knupp. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Marjorie (Moore) Ankney; son Jeffrey and wife Patty (Brown) of Somerset, PA; daughter Susan and husband Lawrence Mangin of Vienna, VA; grandsons, Zachary Ankney of Somerset, PA, and Thomas Mangin of San Diego, CA, and granddaughter, Elizabeth Mangin of Richmond, VA; nieces Rebecca (Willaman) Fisher of Severna Park, MD, Bobbie Jo (Moore) Naito of Littleton, CO, other numerous nieces and nephew Kirk Knupp of Somerset, PA. Max was a three-sport student-athlete who graduated from Somerset High School (Class of 1947) where he met the love of his life, Marjorie Moore. Following graduation, he matriculated at the University of Kentucky (Class of 1951) where he was a member of the track and field team as he worked to earn a degree in social sciences. Having completed ROTC training, Max began his service commitment with the United States Air Force during the Korean War where he achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. He returned to Pennsylvania following the fulfillment of his service to the country and started his career at Kennametal in Latrobe where he worked for eight years. During times when he was not working and helping his wife with raising their young family, Max completed coursework to obtain a Masters of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He then returned with his family to Somerset where he taught history and English at Somerset High School for 30 years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Somerset where he taught Sunday School, participated in choir, and was a member of the church council for many years. Max was a member of the Jaffa Shriners and was a strong supporter of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting, watching cowboy television shows, reading historical novels, and, most of all, time with his family and friends. He is greatly missed by all who love him. Max's family greatly appreciates the work of In Touch Hospice, numerous caregivers, and the staff at Somerset Family Practice. A private service will be conducted for the immediate family. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. Donations in his memory may be made to the St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Shriners Hospitals for Children, or UPMC-Somerset Hospice. Arrangements by the Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Somerset. To leave a condolence please visit www.haugerzeigler.com
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