1927 - 2012
On May 25, 2012, at noon, Anker died from the effects of a long illness with a bone marrow disease.
Anker was born in Eugene, Ore., December 8, 1927, and left at the age of two to travel with his parents to Shanghai, China, where his father was in business. When the Japanese came into China in 1939, he, his mother, his sister who was born in Shanghai, and his grandmother left on the last ship out of Shanghai for America. They went to California to live in the Bay area.
He attended San Mateo Junior High School in San Mateo, Calif., and then one year of high school before leaving to attend Shattuck Military School in Fairbault, Minn. While at Shattuck, he became a member of the elite Crack Squad,
following in his father's footsteps.
Anker then attended Babson Institute of Business, Boston, Mass. He also met his future wife, Flora, in Boston.
After graduating from Babson he continued his studies at Stanford University in California, graduating with a master's degree and commision of first lieutenant from R.O.T.C.
He and Flora were married in 1951. He served in the Army, and in 1952 was in Korea for a year during the Korean War.
Upon his return, he decided to leave the Army and join his father in business in the Orient. He and Flora left for Hong Kong in 1953, and were there for 13 years. Two children were born there, a son and a daughter.
When he retired in 1966, the family moved to the United States. After searching around they decided to move to Medford, Ore., to bring up the children. They traveled extensively, and each time they came home they were more impressed with the Valley. It became their permanent home base for 46 years.
Anker served on the Board of the Rogue Valley Memorial Hospital for ten years. He was on the Shakespearean Board for two years. Anker was a member of the Rogue Valley University Club and a member of the Rogue Valley Country Club for 47 years. The Wednesday Golf Club lunch was an important date for all those years. It started with 15 lovely gentlemen, replaced along the way as time went by. Then there were five. Then there were four.
He liked to garden until he discovered golf. He was an incredible "handyman," and enjoyed knowing how to do everything that needed to be done in his beloved home.
Anker is survived by his sister, Anne H. Schlee, and brother-in-law, C.A. Schlee, of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; son, Anker B., and daughter-in-law, Jennifer; daughter, Amber H. Post, and son-in-law, Brad Q. Post; and his grandson, Jack Q. Post. His wife, Flora, also survives him.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Kids Unlimited of Medford. Services will be private.