OBITUARY

Merle "Archy" Bryce Ammerman

June 5, 1937April 1, 2021
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Merle "Archy" Bryce Ammerman

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Charles Bouth

April 7, 2021

Mr. Archy Ammerman.
Many hearts are saddened by your passing, my friend. You are remembered fondly in many different ways by different people: Family man, business man, rock-shop man, photographer, community fixture, happy-go-lucky Archy. But life is not always happy, especially at this moment.
I knew you in a much different way…. In the back of an ambulance doing two-man CPR on someone’s husband. Or carrying a drowned child’s body to the rig for the ride to the funeral home. Or working shoulder to shoulder in a snowstorm, digging people, critical but still alive, out of a crushed vehicle, hoping we can make it to a hospital before it was too late for them. Day after Day, Year after Year, you did this for the people of the community you loved.
In the years I worked along side of you, with all the tragedy we have seen, You, with your wacky sense of humor, would always come up with something to lighten the mood after particularly depressing runs, taking our sadness onto your own shoulders. Most people will never understand the ugly things you have seen on the street, nor your ability to serve the public faithfully, for so many years.
We who do, Salute You Archy, for a Life Well Lived,
and Job Well Done.
It is said that when one passes from this life and stands in judgement before God, those they have served will stand at their side, in testimony to their soul. In your case my friend, they’re gonna’ need lots of room!

P/Lt Charles N. Bouth (ret)
Paramedic Cmdr, ICSD

L. Roger Laylin

April 7, 2021

Kevin, Ken and Kyle
I will miss my occasional visit with your Dad at the Shop where I could pick his mind for an answer to some problem or other. As a "Life" member he was instrumental in the establishment of the Central Michigan Lapidary Society as an active group in the Mid West Federation of Clubs. He will be sorely missed at future Gem and Mineral Shows.
L Roger Laylin,
CML&MS

Marv Helmker

April 7, 2021

Kevin and Ken,
Having taken my EMT course in 1978, I no longer remember when I first met your dad, but I do remember learning very early on that he was a legendary person when it came to providing EMS in Ingham County. I always enjoyed seeing and talking with your dad on occasion over the years. My memories of Archy include his smile and friendly greeting whenever we saw each other.
Marv Helmker

Betsy Kulas

April 6, 2021

Lots of fond memories of Mr. Ammerman! Always kind and funny. I was fortunate enough to have known him since kindergarten! Ken and I were classmates every single year from Steele Street on up to graduation. Archy took awesome pictures, made beautiful jewelry, and also cared for people in need with his ambulance service. His kind heart was passed down to his sons. My deepest condolences to the Ammerman family. Your dad was an amazing person. ---Betsy

Bethany Shaffer

April 5, 2021

I have so many fond memories of Archy in the rock shop. He was always kind and always welcoming. I loved my time at Lansing-Mason and that was in part by getting to see him. My condolences to Ken and Kevin and the entire family. What a legacy this man has left.

Jim Duthie

April 5, 2021

For Ken, Kevin & Kyle. When I think back about the long time residents of Mason that I remember, your dad would be on my short list. I always appreciated his friendship & support. He was a good man. Sorry for your lose & best wishes to you all going forward.

Ted & Julie Lepczynski

April 5, 2021

Today we celebrate the life of our friend, design collaborator and one of the best damn rock cutters in the business. Archy blessed us with a canvas of creatively cut rock over many many years, elevating our designs to a higher level each time we collaborated, the Lapidary trade will never see another like him. Some of the jewelry designs we created together were exhibited at ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids to an audience of over 300,000 people. Here is one of our favorites "Sunset Bowhunt" featuring Michigan Kona Dolomite. RIP friend, we may not have won the ArtPrize competition but you will always be the winner in our book!

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