Bill Ansley was a great guy as well as a great businessman, said those who knew him.
William B. Ansley Jr., 63, Duncansville, Pa., died Friday (Aug. 13) at home after a courageous battle with cancer, the Altoona Mirror reported.
Ansley RV is a family owned and operated central Pennsylvania RV dealer, founded in 1947 as Ansley & Lewis, by William Ansley Sr. and John Lewis, a dealer for used cars and trucks. Ansley & Lewis has been located in Duncansville since 1950, and has been at its present location since 1957.
In 1968, Lewis retired from the company. In 1974, William Ansley Jr. began purchasing shares of the business. Since that time, he has become the sole owner of the company.
In 1973, Ansley & Lewis became a Pennsylvania RV dealer, selling its first motorhome. Since that time, RVs have become a very important focus of Ansley RV, growing more every year, until it has reached the status as one of the largest central Pennsylvania RV dealers. The used cars and trucks are no longer a part of the business, and the company is totally focused on selling, servicing and caring for the RVs.
The elder Ansley was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1980.
“Bill took over the business and grew it from almost nothing into one of the No. 1 RV dealerships in the Eastern United States. Ansley RV is recognized all over the United States, and that is a testament to him,” said Randy Stoltz, his brother-in-law. “He was one of the smartest and shrewdest business people I ever met.”
“Bill was a very aggressive business person. He took a lot of chances. That was a big part of his success,” said Fred Imler II, a friend to Aisnley since childhood.
Steve Minnigh, Ansley RV manager, who has worked for the business for 26 years, said Ansley cared about his employees.
“He just really wanted the best for his people and tried to take care of them. He was a great boss and a great owner,” Minnigh said. “He wanted to make sure everybody was taken care of from the guy who cleaned the campers to the guy who sold them.”
Ansley is survived by his wife, Diane; sons William B. III and Marc D., who helped run the business with their father; seven grandchildren; three sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Good Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Alto-Reste Park Cemetery. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carson Valley Church of the Brethren, Duncansville.