Son of Charles Ancil and Geneva Kelso, of Ontario, Ore. The youngest of five siblings.
They moved to Springfield and he attended Thurston High School. Fred enlisted in the United States Marine Corps first working as an artist then, after advanced training, served in Vietnam and rose to the rank of Sargent. During his service he was wounded and awarded several medals including the Purple Heart. Fred was honorably discharged in February 1970.
Fred worked fulltime at a wood mill while earning his Associate of Science in Welding Technology at LCC. During this . . .