John M Ames

February 13, 1947March 18, 2020

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, John Madden Ames, surrounded by his children, passed away at the age of 73. He was born in Dayton, Ohio and attended both Ohio State University and Miami University. John was drafted in the Vietnam War and served in the US Army. After his military service, John worked as a general contractor in Dayton, Ohio for 35 years, during which time he raised his 3 children. John enjoyed golfing, gardening and the Buckeyes. Since moving to Florida in 2010, John loved spending as much time as he could with his children and grandchildren. He had a zest for life that was palpable and he showed that through his fight to persevere through years of health issues. John never knew a stranger and made a lasting impression on everyone he met. He had an unfailing, sarcastic sense of humor, that he kept strong until his very last days, with witty remarks at every turn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Marjorie Ames. He is survived by his children: Emily (Andrew) Wright; Zachary Ames; Dylan Ames; grandchildren: Abigail, Madelyn, Rosalie, Amelia, Clara; siblings: Kathy Lunceford, Betsy Rieffenberger, Melissa Harvey; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the VA Medical Centers through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


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Melissa Harvey

March 28, 2020

So many memories it’s hard to just pick one, so I will pick a funny one. He had come out to visit me in Colorado in the mid 80’s. We had gone skiing and it was a cold and windy day so he wore a bandana over his face to keep warm . After skiing we proceeded to the bar for happy hour and then on to another bar to dance, all this time John was still wearing his ski boots and the bandana around his neck. So just imagine John, bandana and ski boots dancing!🕺