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Robert ‘Bob’ Russell Ames Jr.

December 26, 2012
The Advertiser-Tribune

Fighting for another day as he had so many times before, Robert "Bob" Russell Ames Jr., 61, died Dec. 23, 2012, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

Bobby was born prematurely Jan. 11, 1951, in Coshocton, to Robert and Virginia May Ames. From the first day of his life, Bobby was a fighter and considered a miracle baby. With his father constructing the interstate highway system, Bobby's childhood was nomadic, with stops in several Ohio cities before settling in Byesville, where he graduated from Meadowbrook High School in 1969. Bobby was the apple of his parents' eye, and his parents were incredibly devoted to their son.

Amesey was the first from his family to graduate from college, earning a degree from Ohio University in 1973. He often got back and forth from college hitchhiking across the back roads of southern Ohio. While at OU, Amesey helped lead the campaign to boost OU as one of the nation's elite party institutions. While in Athens, he also met his wife of 35 years, Kimberly (Klingshirn), who he married Dec. 3, 1977.

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Following college, Bob followed in his father's footsteps as a builder, working on many construction projects in northwest Ohio and beyond. His accomplishments include the renovations and expansions at Findlay Village Mall, Findlay Ford, Ball Metal, University of Findlay, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Francis Nursing Home, Bowling Green State University and countless other projects. There may not be a structure in Findlay within a stone's throw that doesn't have his fingerprints on it.

In addition to his work, Bob founded and coached the Tiffin Storm basketball team and was president and chief executive officer of Deck Dwellers, hosting legendary hell-raising parties from his waterfront veranda.

Bob is fondly remembered by his wife Kim, son Nick, daughter Kelsey, daughter-in-law Christy and many dear friends near and far including several pets. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and infant sister Jane. Bob had the greatest friends in the world, and the family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all who have supported them with kindness and friendship over the years.

In recognition of Bob's love of teaching the game of basketball, the family requests any donations be made to Bob Ames Memorial Scholarship Fund, 60 Bryden Road, Tiffin, OH 44883.

All are invited to attend a celebration of Bob's life Thursday, Dec. 27, at First Lutheran Church, 300 Melmore St., Tiffin. Visitation begins at 9 a.m., followed by a grand sendoff at 10 a.m.

Following the service, Bob will be coming home to be interred in Coshocton.

Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory in Tiffin is assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at



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