Michael L. Ames

June 21, 1950February 2, 2012

Michael L. Ames Mason, Michigan Age 61, died February 2, 2012, born to Leo and Marion (Edick) on June 21, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan. Mike was employed with Bud Kouts for 26 years leaving to go work for Boy Scouts of American running Camp Kiwanis. Retiring from Mason Public Schools in 2011 after 6 years of service. He loved being outside, his family, and just helping anyone that needed his help. Mike was preceded in death by his father Leo, and he is survived by his wife, Star, daughters Faylynn and Kelsey Ames, his mother Marion Ames, three brothers, and several nieces and nephews. He was a wonderful father, husband and true friend. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mason Community Church, 1000 E. Columbia, Mason with Pastor Steve Malson officiating. The family will receive friends at the Church on Thursday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Contributions in Mike’s memory may be made to Eaton Community Hospice and Palliative Care, 2675 South Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813.

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hilda and hayley oberry

February 9, 2012

we will miss you was so much fun to see you at the middle school. you always had a funny story or joke to tell..

chad schlicher

February 9, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

John Ames

February 8, 2012

Having a brother like Mike was wonderful. If you needed a hand he was there. He would drive from Mason to Wacousta to help me on our house. He helped move my mother-in-law twice. He was a hard worker, and a good worker. He was always first with new gadets, and could help a not so with it older brother with his stuff. Even when he was dealt a bad hand in life he didn't complain. It took a lot of pain for him to acknowledge a need for more meds. He doesn't need meds now, and for that I am glad. I loved him very much and will miss him greatly. He was as good of a brother as one could have. Star, Fay, and Kelsey, I will try and be there for you if you need any thing. Goodby Mike, see you in heaven when I get there.

February 8, 2012

Marion Ames and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss of Michael. It sounds like he must have been a
kind and gentle person. You and and the family will be im our thoughts and
prayers. Michael surely is a Peace.
Love, Sr. Jean Kramer (and my sister Linda).

Lisa Davis

February 7, 2012

Prayers to the family. I worked with Mike at Bud Kouts and really enjoyed his friendship. Anytime I needed help or had a question he would be there to answer it. A wonderful human being, very rare! Cherish the memories. God bless.

February 6, 2012

Dear Star, Faylynn, and Kelsey, please accept our condolences for losing dear Mike. He was a man of character and charm and our lives are enriched from having known him. Because of our summer cub scout day camp involvement, Camp Kiwanis was the center for our scouting activities, but it was the regard and fondness we developed for Mike and you, his family, that made the camp a special place for us. Hundreds of visits to Kiwanis over the years always found a smiling, cheerful, most-time hard-at-work Mike there to greet us and offer his help in any way we might need it, with the three of you, if available, always willing to pitch in your efforts as well.

As I pause while writing this, I can look up at the ceiling Mike used his craftsmanship to install when replacing its leak-ruined predecessor. There are other areas of our home that retain solid evidence of Mike's artisan ability to build, install or repair. He was a master craftsman who helped us out of the goodness of his heart.

It is heartbreaking that he is too soon gone, but he leaves an enduring gift. For the rest of my time in this life, if down or in hard times, I will open my mind's eye, look at my many memories of Mike, perhaps one of him happy and healthy telling me one of his jokes, and smile. I know that I am not alone in this feeling and that Mike will be remembered with love by his family and fondness by all who knew him. Bob and Molly Roop

February 6, 2012

I was surprised and saddened to hear of Mike's death. I did not know him well, but as a Cub Scout Pack parent, I worked with him several times at Camp Kiwanis, from Pack camp-outs, to scorching and stormy summer Day Camps.

During one very stormy day, with 200+ day campers (i.e.rowdy little boys!) packed under the pavilions for safety, Mike climbed on a table to lead a rousing version of the "Tibetan Memory Trick" that kept them laughing and occupied 'til the lighting passed! Wow-- we parents were impressed! My son can still recite it! Thanks again Mike! You are missed.

Jean Fellows, Pack 635, Grand Ledge, MI

February 5, 2012

Star, Faylynn, & Kelsey,

Mike was one of my all-time favorite Scouting volunteers and co-workers. What I remember most about Mike was his fantastic sense of humor and willingness to do whatever it took to get the job done. I vividly remember spending countless hours with Mike preparing supplies and an old trailer for our summer Cub Scout Day Camp program. To this day, Mike is the best ranger that I have ever worked with and one of the nicest family guys to boot. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Eric "Slacker" Clark
Ashland, Ohio

Glenna Fox Thorn Martin

February 5, 2012

Mike was a friend from Okemos High School and Bud Kouts.I remember his big smile and cheerful personality always. My sincere condolences to the entire Ames family. Prayers,Glenna Fox Thorn Martin

February 5, 2012

Could there have been a more giving person? Mike was one to help out even before being asked. My brother-in-law for 45 years, I don't remember of ever hearing him complain about anything, not even through his sickness. Definitely a man of courage and strength. I remember him as being the "jokester", always with a new joke to tell. You'll be missed, Mike. You were a good dad and husband and good friend to your brothers, just an all-around good guy. We prayed to see you healed. It didn't take place here, but where you are now. You're fee of pain, your work is done. We'll meet again.

Dianne Ames