Of Palmer passed away November 17 in Anchorage after suffering a massive stroke. He was 84.
Amos was born in Birds, Illinois. He graduated from Lawrenceville High School. He joined the Army in 1957 and was an engineer equipment mechanic. Amos worked at International Harvester in Chicago as a machinist for 10 years. He received his A&E license from Lewis University in Lockport, Illinois in 1969 and immediately moved to Alaska. He retired as head housekeeper for Marriott and Nana in Prudhoe Bay. Amos loved Alaska. Palmer was home. He found comfort in the small-town atmosphere. He enjoyed camping in Seward, fishing out of Deep Creek, playing golf at Palmer Golf Course, watching car races and golf on T.V., working in his yard, and drinking MGD. He would delight in baking brownies and making salmon patties for his grand-kids. He loved to feed his family!
Grandpa Amos enjoyed going to Lucas and Emily’s basketball games and cheering loudly. He was very proud of their success on and off the court. His greatest love was his family.
Amos is preceded in death by two brothers Leroy and Jack, parents George and Edna Ford.
He leaves behind two daughters and their spouses, Laura and Tony Allen of Orinda, CA and Robyn and Doug Reich of Palmer, AK. He has five beloved grandchildren, Lucas and Emily Reich of Palmer, Jack, Charlie and Parker Allen of Orinda. He also leaves his older sister Helen Detra and his niece and her husband Cheryl and Jim Hoover, nephew and spouse David and Christine Detra all of Billings, MT. He will also be missed by nephew and spouse Birch and Melanie Yuknis, nieces Piper and Steve Jones as well as Brook and Patrick Lang.
There will be a family gathering in his memory.