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February 1, 2014

Laverne A. Ames

TERRE HAUTE — ROCKVILLE — The Rev. Laverne A. Ames, 82, of Rockville, died at 8:58 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. He was born July 8, 1931, in Durand, Mich., to the late Arthur Ames and Blanche Kelly Ames. He was a retired Nazarene Elder. He also retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of lieutenant with over 22 year’s continuous service. He served from March 1951 to July 1, 1973. Duties included serving oversees in a weather recon squadron, flying into typhoons in the Western Pacific, serving with ZW-1, an airship squadron from Lakehurst, NJ, Adak, Alaska, Kingsville, Texas, Guam and Hawaii. His awards include the Navy Achievement Metal, three Good Conduct Medals, Korean Service Medal, U.N Security Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Service Medal with several clusters, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He was a member of Rockville Christian Church, where he served as an elder, board secretary, Sunday School teacher and leader of a mid-week Bible study group. He graduated from R.B. Wilson High School, St. Johns, Michigan June 1950. He graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. degree in 1977, an M.S. degree in 1979 and a Doctorate in 1988. He taught school in Gibson, Davies and Vanderburgh Counties and served as a substitute teacher in Parke County. He also taught Petroleum Technology Curriculum at Lincoln Trail College, Robinson, Ill., for five years. Dr. Ames also served as principal in Mount Olivet, Ky.,  and Princeton, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ernest and Lamont; six sisters, Martha, Evelyn, Nellie Grace, Lucille, Lee Anna and Inadell; and a daughter, Valarie. He was married to Rosetta Rathbun, St. Johns, Mich., July 10, 1954 who preceded him in death Jan. 30, 2000. He was married to Blanche V. Simpson Dec. 2, 2001, and she survives. Also surviving, two daughters, Wanda (Mike) Sturgeon of Winter Spring, Fla., and Dawn (Jeff) Kissell of Newburg; one stepdaughter, Jean (James) Burns of Indianapolis; one sister, Alice Williamson of Durand; four stepgrandchildren, Jonathan Burns of Indianapolis, Brittany Kissel of Newburgh, Mark Sturgeon and Greg Sturgeon, both of Florida; several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Gooch Funeral Home, 112 W. Howard St., in Rockville, with the Rev. Don Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in East Bingham Cemetery, St. Johns, Michigan. Visitation is 9 until 11 a.m. Tuesday. Friends may sign an online guest register at:

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