James Ammerman, of Mora, passed away on Friday, September 26, 2008 at the Kanabec County Hospital in Mora. He was 74 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at the Henriette Community Church with Pastor David Dwyer presiding. VISITATION will be from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at the Akkeraman – Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. INTERMENT will be in the Henriette Cemetery.
James Earl Ammerman of Mora, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Kanabec Hospital in Mora. He was 74 years old.
James was born April 26, 1934 at home in Comfort Township, Kanabec County, Minnesota to Clarence and Regina (Regenold) Ammerman. He grew up on the family farm, the third of six siblings, and attended Mud Lake Country School, Henriette School and Mora High School.
On the farm there were chores to do seven days a week but the family always went to church on Sunday. At Henriette Free Methodist Church James came to know the Lord and received Him as his personal Savior. It was at the church that he met a pretty lady named Joan Patterson. She worked in the Soda Shop at Hall Drug Store in Mora. James loved to ride his 1946 Harley Davidson Flathead Motorcycle down Main Street, probably trying to impress this certain young lady. They were married on September 21, 1957 at Henriette Church. They started their new life together in Brooklyn Center where James was employed as a truck driver for Howe Fertilizer Plant. They also started their family and eventually had five children. James wanted to move back to the country and in 1965 they purchased a small farm near Crown, Minnesota. He farmed and kept his job driving truck. In 1971 he bought the family farm and moved his family back to the Mora area where he farmed full time. After many years of dairy farming he sold the dairy herd and bought beef cattle.
James loved the Lord with all his heart and raised his children to know and love God. He was very knowledgeable and loved to discuss the Bible and politics. He did not like the way the world has become and tried in his own way to change things and make a better future for his family.
Jim (as his friends called him) enjoyed having fun and going to auction sales, loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and riding his 4-wheeler. He was a very hard worker but loved to tease the kids and grandkids; and enjoyed making homemade ice cream every time the family gathered for a holiday. He loved his wife and family with all his heart. He was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
James was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He is survived by his wife Joan, sons Mark (Holly) Ammerman of Mora, Ken (Lisa) Ammerman of Brunswick; daughters Wendy (Scott) Manthie of Mora, Janell Ammerman of Mora. and Jodi Ammerman (John Peterson) of Rosemont; brothers Paul (Karen) Ammerman of Villard, MN, David (Judy) Ammerman of Isanti; sisters Charlotte (Dean) Boyer of Roseburg, OR, Esther (John) Connelly of Burnsville, and Ruth (Harry) Cherrier of St. Paul; grandchildren Michelle (Shawn), Melissa (Larry), Tyler, Shane, Dylan, Stacey, Laura, Bobbi Jo, Vernon, and Damon; great grandchildren Bradley; Caitlynn, Ayden, Joey; Morgan, Jordan, Carson, Brianna, Tyler, Trevon, Natalie, Victoria, Jada, Hailey, Jasmine, Lilly Rae and Sadie; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral Services held on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at Henriette Community Church with Pastor Dave Dwyer with officiating. Music provided by Judy Dwyer, Wyatt Freitag and Pauline Campbell. Pallbearers are Paul Ammerman, David Ammerman, Rob Ammerman, Roy Morris, Melvin Kadlec and Larry Murray. Honorary pallbearers are Mark Ammerman, Ken Ammerman, Scott Manthie, Dylan Ammerman, Shane Otterson, Tyler Shermer, John Peterson, Joey Murray, Bradley Kvam and Shaun Kram. Interment at Henriette Cemetery.