Obituary of Walter John Ames
Walter "Bud” John Ames, Jr., 97, of Loveland, Colorado, peacefully passed away on November 4, 2021. His big smile and loving, friendly nature warmed the hearts of all who knew him.
Born June 17, 1924, in Brewerton, NY, to Walter John and Frances (Dark) Ames, he quickly became known as "Bud” to his parents and older sister, Mildred, who was too young to say "brother”! At around the age of 10, Bud and his family, now with two more sisters, settled in Caughdenoy, NY, where he went on to attend Central Square High School, graduating in 1942. He then joined his father in the dairy farming business.
As fate would have it, family friends knew a charming young woman, who they brought to a dance Bud just happened to be attending. Shirley became the love of his life and a year later they were married on September 24, 1949. Bud and Shirley lived happily in Caughdenoy for fifty-four years, where they raised their two children and welcomed foster children. They built a wonderful life together centered around family, friends, and their church. In 2003, they moved to Loveland, CO.
Bud’s years as a dairy farmer brought many challenges, but many rewards. After losing his barn and young livestock to a devastating fire, he, Shirley, and their children moved to another farm. This gave Bud the opportunity to put his career on a new path by raising registered Holsteins, on what would become Ameslea Farms. In addition to the daily hard work of the farm, Bud took time to welcome elementary school classes, when he always made their visits very special and memorable. Many nieces and nephews also enjoyed times with their uncle. High school boys, hired to help on the farm, always enjoyed working for Bud; many became lifelong friends. Over these years, Bud was director of many organizations-the Oswego County Holstein Club, the Farm Bureau, the Dairy Council of New York, and the Oswego County Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He held additional offices in these organizations as well as being president of the Dairylea Local. In 1983, Bud was honored as the Dairyman of the Year by the Oswego County Holstein Club. He served on the Advisory Board of the Future Farmers of America and was a member of the Pennellville and Central Square Granges.
Bud served his community as the Town of Hastings Assessor, Councilman, Republican Committeeman, and he was a member of the Caughdenoy Volunteer Fire Department, acting as treasurer. For many years, Bud was a member of the Pine Plains Cemetery Association, where he served as president, vice president and trustee.
Being a man of faith, Bud’s over six decades of membership and dedication to the Caughdenoy United Methodist Church were the most meaningful. He was Finance Chairman, Trustee, Lay Leader, and was active with the Methodist Men and many committees. Bud was delighted to donate land to the church for the building of new a parsonage. Upon moving to Colorado, he and Shirley became members of the FUMC of Loveland.
Retirement in 1990 brought a whole new way of life for Bud. He enjoyed volunteering for the local Food Bank and St. Joseph’s Hospital. He attended many class reunions and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, morning coffee chats with friends and he especially enjoyed caring for the property around their home by tilling soil for Shirley’s flowers, planting over 50 trees (some of them for Christmas), and maintaining blue bird houses. He took great interest in restoring John Deere tractors and always had a great time driving them in local parades. He was a devoted Syracuse University sports fan, once listening to a basketball game in the car because the power was out! After Shirley retired, they were finally able to travel, and they enjoyed many trips together. And, of course, Bud always was ready to fire up the grill to cook a good steak!
Above all, was Bud’s devotion to Shirley and their family. He loved Shirley deeply and he made many sacrifices and always set the best example, to Cathy and Jack, of how to live the best life. He loved every minute with his grand and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and was always happy to involve them in a project. He has joined Shirley for eternity and has left his family and friends with many wonderful memories.
Bud is survived by his daughter, Cathy (Ron) Carroll, son Jack (Sherry) Ames, all of Loveland, CO, grandchildren Lena (Michael Goddard) Carroll, Jacob Emerson, Jonathan (Jen Schrader) Ames, Zak (Rebekah) Swartz, Bailey (Nick Beghtol) Ames, twelve great grandchildren and sister, Shirley (Carlton) Clark and many nieces and nephews. Bud is predeceased by his loving wife, Shirley (Parker) Ames, his parents, sisters Mildred (Raymond) Travis and Susie (Donald) Reed.
A memorial service for both Bud and Shirley will be held November 13, 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Loveland, CO. Interment for both will be in Pine Plains Cemetery in Clay, NY, next year. As honorary pallbearers, Bud requested Robert Meyers, Wayne Chesbro, William Waring, and the Reverend James Spear be remembered.
The family asks for no flowers. If a contribution is wished in Bud’s name, please send your gift to the First United Methodist Church, 533 N. Grant Ave., Loveland, CO 80537. Thank you.
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