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Losing a Blue Earth businessman

July 19, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
I haven't lived in Blue Earth long enough to claim to have known Wayne Ankeny well. But I don't think one had to spend a lot of time with him to quickly realize that here was a nice guy. After just a couple of minutes, one could tell he was a great guy, actually. Wayne was one of the first people to welcome me to Blue Earth, and said he hoped I would like living here. That seemed like an odd statement at the time, but I did figure it out. He wanted me to like living here. And that is an interesting thought. One should enjoy living where ever one is at. Plus, he liked living in Blue Earth, so he hoped others would enjoy it as well. Most people who knew Wayne for years confirmed what I knew right away; he was an upstanding citizen, family man, and local businessman. He was a lifelong resident of Blue Earth, graduating from high school here and going on to working at, and starting, several local businesses, including, of course, Ankeny Furniture. Plus he was an active member of many local groups and organizations, including several in music and the arts. Dr. John Sawyer had some things to say about Wayne at Kiwanis. It seems John asked Wayne why he wasn't in Kiwanis. Wayne's answer was that no one had ever asked him. So John asked him. After he joined, he became a great member, always attending meetings, even when he became ill. He was active in the club's work in the community. Wayne passed away last week, and will be missed by many folks. Many of his fellow businessmen in Blue Earth also will miss him. Terry Armon summed it up when he said Blue Earth lost one of their best citizens when Wayne died.


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