MAYSVILLE -- John Alfred Ames, born Jan. 26, 1919, passed away Nov. 25, 2017 at the Care Center at Kenton Pointe in Maysville.
He was born in Denver, CO. to James and Laura Walker Ames.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Virginia Hopkins Ames; son, Carl and wife, Ana; grandson, Richard; son-in-law, Alden Oyer of New Mexico; nieces, Nancy Pringle and Elaine Levenson; nephew, Glen Sibleyn.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Ames Oyer in 2007.
John graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Denver in 1941. He was drafted into the US Army in July 1941. He miraculously survived the storming of the beach in Normandy and participated in the liberation of Dachau, an experience which touched him deeply and remained with him always. He was awarded The Bronze Star and three Oak Leaf clusters.
John and Virginia were married in 1945. He received his graduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and then began working in the industrial development department at Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. John was later named Vice-President of Alpha Portland Cement. In more recent years, John worked for Dravo Lime and scouted Maysville, as a good location for the industry that would become Carmeuse Lime and Stone, Inc.
John and Virginia lived in Maryland, LeHigh Valley of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and Maysville. In retirement, John is remember for the weekly newspaper columns he wrote for The Ledger Independent and for contributions to 'Hixon's Hoardings' columns for the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center newsletter. During the years of John's professional life, he conducted research and published academic papers in geological journals. He was known for his extensive rock collection, dinosaur fossils and semi-precious stones.
Donations in John's memory may be made to Hospice of Hope, the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center or the charity of one's choice.