LTC Donald "Don" R. Ancelin, LTC was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/29/2022 at the age of 85.9
McKinney, TX
Flight Classes 60-2FW and 65-2
Date of Birth 02/24/1936
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 61 AHC in 63-64, 15 TC 1 CAV in 67-68, HHC/101 AVN 101 ABN in 71-72
This information was provided by Jeff Murray

More detail on this person: Donald Ray Ancelin, age 85, died peacefully at home on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Born February 24, 1936 in Dallas, TX, Donald lived in Dallas, TX; Mineral Wells, TX; Ankara, Turkey; Tehran and Esfahan, Iran; College Station, TX; Toms River, NJ; San Antonio, TX, and McKinney, TX. Upon graduation from Jesuit High School, Dallas, Texas, he attended Texas A&M University in the Corps of Cadets and completed his Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science with the Class of 1958. Don retired a Lt. Colonel of the US Army where he served 20 years with the Aviation Division. He also worked for Bell Helicopter International (5 years) and the US Department of Defense retiring in 2004. Don was a member of the Pro-Life organization, the Knights of Columbus, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Don was a man of honor who sacrificed for his country, his family and who gave his time generously to his church and the pro-life cause. Survivors include Carole Joyce Ancelin, his wife of 50 years, sons Joe VanderWiel, Matthew Ancelin, and Brian Ancelin, daughters Babbette Ancelin, Gretchen Almond, and Alison VanderWiel, along with 9 grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by Remy & Daisy Ancelin (parents); David Ancelin and Jean "Buddy" Ancelin (brothers); Mary Ellen Guay and Barbara Whitfill (sisters). A rosary vigil/prayer service will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 and the funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, February 10th at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 110 St. Gabriel Way, Mckinney, TX 75071. Burial services will be held at the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas TX 75211 on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 11:15 am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Catholic Pro-Life Community, PO Box 803541, Dallas, TX 75380. Web address

Burial information: Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery

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