Richard Lee Ansel, 83

July 14, 1935 - March 5, 2019

Richard Lee Ansel, age 83, of Douglas, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Pruitt Health, Ocilla, Georgia. Mr. Ansel was born on July 14, 1935, in New Straitsville, Ohio, the son of the late Wayne Ansel and Ruth A. Stubbs Ansel.

He worked as a salesman with Wal-Mart and was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean War. Mr. Ansel was of the Methodist faith.

Mr. Ansel was preceded in death by a grandson, Jacob Ansel; and two brothers, James and Fred Ansel.

Survivors include: his wife, Debra Ansel of Douglas, GA; three sons, Ricky Ansel, Jr., of Lewiston, Maine, Michael Ansel of Douglas, GA, and Mathew Ansel of Douglas, GA; daughter, Pamela Bonesteel of Ohio; five grandchildren, Landon Ansel, Jayden Ansel, Alex Ansel, Chenice Bonesteel, and Chris Bonesteel; two great-grandchildren, Jaiden Rodriquez and Karson Rodriquez; two sisters-in-laws, Dora Ansel and Elizabeth Ansel; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 5 p.m. at Sims Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Clyde Purvis officiating. The family received friends Thursday evening from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorialization is by cremation.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Sims Funeral Home of Douglas, GA, was in charge of arrangements.

The Douglas Enterprise

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