I am an 89 Cj grad and was fortunate to play for Coach Amlin for two years at CJ. How many phrases you had, "doggy's froggys" and "lookin for nickles" to name a few or your funny hats. The big blue cowboy hat come to mind. You made football fun and taught us all many life lessons. Who could forget the Bahama Mama club in your basement watching film on an old projector and listening to your stories.
Please know your love of the game and your passion and dedication to your players is something I strive for everyday in my own career. Your phrases and one liners live on with my team every day in practice. Coach, we never, ever "look for nickles" when we're tired. You were the best.
I was saddened to learn that my coach had passed on. I learned a lot growing up playing Football for the Coach at Patterson in the early 70's as did others
While looking for Jim "Doc" Harsha's notice, I stumbled across Coach Amlin. Having Coach for PE and then watching him coach football, it was obvious how much he loved life, football and all those around him.
Your family will be in my prayers.
My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. My parents thought the world of both you and Ken.
Pat, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know my Parents, Peggy and Harry Seaman were fond of both you and Ken. My condolences to you Pat, and to your family at this very difficult time.
Dear Amlin Family,
I am so sorry to find out about the passing of Coach. I hope you realize the impact that Kenny had on alot of us at C-J. So much so that we still say "Hell Son" "Peanut" and "Doctor". I have great memories of Coach and my High School Football experience. I hope you all realize that Coach has always ment alot to all he came in contact with and that he gave so much more than football to our community. My prayers go out to you and your family as well as to all his former players.
To the family of Mr. Amlin, I send my deepest condolences.
As a student at E.J. Brown and Col. White (1961), I will always remember him as a great human being, teacher, and coach.
COACH YOU WILL BE MISSED THE FUN IN GYM CLASS YOU RUNNING US OVER TO KETTERING FIELDS IN THE COLD WINTER AND YOU TELLING ME H-LL SON YOU COULDN'T MAKE ALL NEIGHBORHOOD!
It is hard to believe 33 years have passed since I last saw Coach Amlin. I was a lucky one just like the 1000's of others that he always had time to say hey and always with a smile. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. God bless and Coach you will be missed
Mrs. Amlin and Family
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time of sorrow.
I have so many memories of "Coach Amlin" from my freshman year to my senior year at Patterson co-op (CLASS OF '77). Coach Amlin use to see me in the hall changing classes and he would say to me "Rainey, I don't want you eating anything but raw meat and nails. I'm going to build my defense around you and you are going to be my TUBA playing LINEBACKER". I think i'm the only player he had that played in the band an on the football team. It was a running joke with the team for years and to this day i still get teased about it even though i was a Drummer. I will miss coach Amlin and all the memories and stories we shared but most of all i will miss his contagious smile
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
CLASS OF 1966
Coach Amlin was my Civics teacher at Roth H.S., Class of '61. What a joy it was to be in his class even though I was a girl and not on the football team. He had the ability to mix laughter with learning and I always looked forward to his class. When people talk about teachers that touched their lives, Coach Amlin is one that I add to the conversation.
Coach Amlin was my football coach from '82-'86. He was always known for his quick wit and ability to get his player's attention. He built a great legacy to C-J's athletic program. He will be missed by all.
When I was ten, My Uncle Bob took me to Welcome Stadium a few times to see Coach Amlin and this great bootleg QB he had at Roth named Verbie Walder. Man, were his teams fun to watch! Then in the late '80s while helping coach basketball at C-J, Kenny was our A.D. If you stopped by his office, you could always count on hearing one of his humorous anecdotes. That is, if he didn't have the "Gone Fishing" sign on the door. Kenny Amlin... one of the good guys of coaching.
I remember growing up semi-across the street from Mr. Amlin. He was also the nicest kindest man, and he will be greatly missed. Growing up he was always willing to help us kids on the street.
To the family of Mr. Amlin I send my deepest condolences. He was my Civic and Social Problems teacher at Roth in "61", and I was his classroom aid. He was a wonderful teacher and an extremely nice person.
Beverly (Thomas) Manuel class of "62"
To Pat and Family: Being a Football Official Ken was always a good guy.I felt Honor to know him and worked his games. Pat, I was so glad to see you and Ken at the Restaurant and had a opportunity to talk to you both. YOu and Ken had 56 years as man and wife the same as Joan and I. Happiness is for the four of us. God Bless you and your family and Children your parents did a great job.
God Bless you all.
A Tribute to a coach, stand-in father, Grandpa, dear friend…
Kenny – coached my brother and I “Marshall Twins” in football with my wife being a cheerleader from 82-86 at CJ. The unique one liners still sound in our head to this day.
Kenny went beyond being a coach and stepped in becoming a father like figure sharing his time and passion taking my brother and I quail hunting, spending many days in the field for years to come.
It was 10 years ago when Kenny and I took my boys (ages 8 and 10) for their first “breakfast-n-hunting” with Kenny at a local “greasy spoon”. Over pancakes my boys mentioned that they did not have a Grandpa anymore as their only one had recently died. Kenny not hesitating a second slapped the table (for effect) looked into my boys eyes saying “See here son-that’s silly talk, I’ll be your Grandpa now, you can call me “Papa Kenny”!
From that that point on Kenny and Pat adopted the Marshalls (six) kids. We have many of fond hunting trips, “trick-or-treat” visits and impromptu peanut brittle deliveries.
God Bless Kenny, there is a special place in Heaven for men like these….
Paul, Vicki Marshall and kids - Jeremy, Joshua, Kaorin, Aaron, Jacob, Micah
Pat and Family,
The Henger's salute Ken for his accomplishments in life. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and customer/friend. He leaves a legacy that is larger than life itself. His memory will live on forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Henger Families.
I am lucky enough to be the oldest of the grand kids. Grandpa “Kenny” is truly someone that helped shape my life. Fond memories:
1. Lake Erie fishing, getting an Erie Derie hair cut, throwing his smokes at the age of 10 over board. Explaining to me who Grandma Betty is while fishing.
2. Teaching the crazy finger thing one up one down.
3. pat the head rub the belly trick.
4. having me help hunt “free” golf balls from road sides , woods, and even lakes.
5. Visiting me in college in Charleston.
6. Teaching me about 700 WLW, Earl Pitts, Gilbert Gnarley, & doing “we don’t we don’t we don’t mess around” together !!!
7. Filming 100’s of games for you with my own Dad high up in tiny crows nest boxes, remember 8 MM film, then Betta tapes.
8. Hunting quail, getting picked up by you at like 5:30 AM, driving in the station wagon to an unknown part of Ohio… sending birds out just so the dogs could point them.
9. Bahama Mamma Club !!! , & 1987 Watching you tell players they were not going to horse around and sending them home on the “ANKLE EXPRESS” .
10. Hand Printed cards, letters, pictures all the time.
11. Kissing you & you kissing me back the Thursday night before you passed. All alone talking about grits, black eyed peas, BBQ, cheap quality food, and good family values. Knowing you are so strong, and such a great Christian Man.
There are many more memories to many to list…..
Thanks Grandpa Kenny !
Mrs. Amlin & family,
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Amlin. He was our coach, our friend and our "Woody Hayes". He was "family" to us and long ago transcended just being our high school coach. He gave us criticism, advice, and direction. He attended our college games, reunions, weddings, hospitalizations, and sadly some funerals. He remembered names, numbers and games with details for years. Your family should be so proud because he made a difference. He was special and he leaves giant foot-prints. We are all better for his presence and will be lessened by his absence but are strengthened by his memories. We all loved him and will miss him so much. (Roth H.S. football teams of 60's) Charles Bell & Lonny Gilbert, Co-Captains 65'
From one of Roth high school's football players and from my wife a Roth high school cheer leader both from the class of 1965. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of coach Amlin. He was not only one of the greatest to ever coach the game of football but a great person to have been associated with. He will always be remembered in our hearts. our prayers are with you.
Ten things I will always remember about Ken:
1. His devotion to family.
2. How he treated everyone as family.
3. Holding Court at Maggies or Rosenkrantz's.
4. Telling the same story 100 times and still making it interesting and funny.
5. How he he made coaching fun for me again.
6. Dissecting defenses with his run and shoot offense.
7. Naming plays after his former Roth player's like Frank Jackson.
8. Always deflecting success from himself and giving all the credit to his coaches or players.
9. Traveling great distances for a good home cooked meal.
10. Christmas shopping downtown for 5 hours and not buying a single present.(too busy greeting former players and students.)
Thanks for the memories Ken, I will never forget you.
Dear Pat and Family. Our sincere condolences to you. Ken meant so much to us. I thoroughly enjoyed the years we spent together coaching football. But it was more than football it was like family when we were with him. He taught our boys Mark and Steve and mentored them. They both played football proudly for him. Remember the Eagle Shuffle during warm up's? So many memories to cherish.I will never forget the times we ate out together with John. Words cannot express how much he will be missed.
Dan and Kathy Kosak
Pat and family,
As Pam's cousin, I've always known what a wonderful man Steve is, and he definitely had a great role model in his dad. After reading these memories from many former students, it is easy to see why Ken was loved so much, not just by his family, but across the board. He had a long and happy life, and I know you will always cherish the years you had together. May God's Holy Spirit comfort you today and in the days ahead.
Dan and Sue Bellman
Dear Amlin Family: Please know that you're in our continued prayers. Coach Amlin was an inspiration to those he coached and to those who watched him coach. While playing volleyball at CJ in the 80's, I had the privilege of meeting and knowing Coach Amlin. From his funny stories and cute reactions to adolescent stunts, he always made 'us girls' smile. His dedication and love for the game has influenced the lives of those who knew him. God Bless you Coach Amlin.
To the family of Mr. Ken Amlin: My thoughts and prayers are with you. Remembering Mr. Amlin and the role that he played in the lives of my brothers, sister & myself in the years we had at Roth High School. God Bless You. Jayne Cochran-Street, class of 1964.
To Coach Amlin's Family and Friends, I am saddened by the lost of "The Coach". Mr Amlin will long remain an important leader and role model for me from the 3 years from 1960 to 1963 that I was a member of the Roth High School Falcon football team.
I really appreciated and respected Mr. Amlin. He was my football coach and Civics teacher at Roth High School when it was a new school. I graduated and joined the Marines, and visited him during summer football training. He took me to lunch and gave me lots of encouragement for the future - and recommended the business world. I just retired from the banking industry. We touched base and talked several times over the years - and he always had time to pass along his special brand of encouragement. He always talked about and had a heart for his "kids." He will be missed!
To the Amlin family,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Coach amlin was my football and baseball coach at Roth H.S. class of '66'. He was a great coach and mentor. His half time speeches were full of fire and motivation. He personally help shape myself, and teamates into the men we are today. Coach Amlin will always be remembered.
My condolences to the Amlin Family I was in the first graduating class of Roth High School and will never forget Ken especially when part of his class was to review the the previous weeks football games. He will truly be missed.
My brothers and I grew up with the Amlin's and all of their children. Pat and Ken were the first people my family met when we moved to Vandalia, in 1964, and they fast became my parent's best friends. Like many have mentioned, Ken had such a way about him that put a smile not only on everyone's faces, but also in their hearts. Mr Amlin has been in our hearts from the day we met him, he was an inspiration to us all, and he will remain in our hearts. He will be missed. I'm imagining my dad, with others that have gone before him, are all together again working on their football plays, poker hands, golf games, and hunting trips with Ken. Pat, and family, our hearts go out to you, and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. love from the Chaffin Family
Dear Amlin Family,
After playing basketball for Coach Amlin at EJ Brown and Col. White, I re-connected with him via letter a few years ago. Hoping he might remember me, I was amazed when his answering letter included not only a special anecdote about me but a remembrance of my dad as well! I'll aways remember the trips he arranged for us to see Ohio State play and to Cincinnati to see the College All-Stars vs the Harlem Globetrotters. What a special coach and man!!
I want to say what a wonderful friend and mentor Ken was to me. What fun we use to have in the "Good Old Days". I will miss him. Sorry I will have to miss the services but I'm in Florida. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You all.
As a Roth High School cheerleader for the class of 1966 I was privileged to attend many games coached by Mr, Amlin. He was a wonderful mentor and a great teacher. He will be missed by all who knew him.
I was fortunate enough to play for Coach Amlin on the E.J.Brown basketball teams of '56 & '57. Besides teaching us the basics - he taught us to respect the game, respect our team-mates and above all - true sportsmanship.
You can be sure he will always have "winning teams" on the courts and fields in Heaven.
To the Amlin Family,
Our prayers go out to you. God Bless.
I have always enjoyed being around Uncle Ken. His great sense of humor always made me laugh. The way he would make fun of Nebraska Football was always very funny.
Wherever Uncle Ken went, he wanted to get the most out of that experience. For example, I can remember once when he visited us in Grand Island, NE, he took me to a cattle auction.
I'll miss you Uncle Ken, love to your family.
Pat,You and Kenny have always made our lives better.Nrxt to my father Ken was the most important man in my life.He gave our youngest daugher a nickname that has stuck with her for 43 years.The trips to Pedroes,the Hogies,and all the family camplng trips we shared. Yes you taught mr football,but you always demostrated how a mam should live his life in an honerable way. I have told two men in my life that i truly loved them,my father and YOU.
To the Amlin Family, so sorry about your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Terri & Family
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dear Pat and Family,
I have fond memories of The Matthews family getting together with the Amlin family after the Colonel White basketball games. We always had lots of fun. I also remember how Kenny made my dad, Waldo, laugh so hard. You knew when dad was talking to Kenny because that is all dad did...laugh and heartily. Kenny was a classy man and the world was a better place because of him. He will be missed tremendously but know he and dad will be laughing together again.
They will be singing praises and running the spread offense in Heaven. Mr. Amlin sent me and Ike Wells to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp in Black Mountain North Carolina in '67 and it changed our lives for the better. He was not only a coach but a dear friend and mentor. My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Amlin and the entire family.
Kenny, I love you and will miss you.THANKS for the 29 years of expierences shared. THANKS for all the stories of the 80+ years of your remarkable life. THANKS for all the insights on everything from football to parenthood. THANKS for welcoming my family (Kathy, Jessica, and Joanna) into the life of your family, Papa Kenny. Thanks for the laughs and the joy you bring to all around you. THANKS Kenny, for being Kenny. You have made my life so much richer. Pat, Doug, David, Jeff, Steve, Craig, Jenny and spouces and grandkids: THANKS for sharing Kenny with us. He is a great gift. Be assured that while Kenny was generous to all, his family was and remains closest to his heart. See you soon.
P.S. I hope I still have season tickets to the Buckeye and Bengal games. John Zaidain
Pat, The Florida girls of Sigma Phi Gamma have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We send our love to you.
YOUR OMEGA PROVINCE SISTERS
Thanks for turning boys into men, coach. You were the best of the best!
My condolences to the Amlin family. I had the opportunity to play on two of Coach Amlin's CJ football teams in 1986 and 1987. Other than the playoff run both years my favorite memory was the Bahama Mama Club which was for all the players who never missed a practice. Coach Amlin taught me many lessons those two years but to hear him tell it would sound something like "hell son, Bahamma Mama Club was a life lesson on always showing up and doing your best" and thanks to the Coach that is what a lot of men are doing today. Thanks Coach...
Coach Amlin touched so many lives and inspired so many young people. His legacy will live on for years in the lives of people who will continue to strive to live up to the ideals of their special mentor.
To the Amlins. What a man! Ken loved his family, and also loved getting a good joke on everybody. He always looked for apple pie when he and Pat visited. Ken and Pat have been an inspiration to so many. He will definitely be missed. Thinking of each of you.
Coach Amlin was my first football coach and coached me as a freshman in highschool, great memories from my youth and a true legend. He shaped a lot of young people. Great guy!
Ken was my teacher and coach at Brown School and later at Col. White. He was proud of his players and took an interest in us not only on the field but also as individuals - always with encouragement. He remained a friend over the years. I will treasure his memory.
To The Amlin Famiy, We the Class of 1969 of Nettie Lee Roth High School would like to send to the Family Our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of our former Teacher and Coach. Gerald Martin and the Class of 1969.
To The Amlin Family, we send each of you our Deepest Sympathy. We will always remember Mr. Amlin from our days at Roth High School back in the Sixty's. We had lost another good solider. Ken never met a stranger and he will be missed. We are proud one of Roth's Falcon during Ken's teaching and coaching career at a school that we all miss. I Gerald Martin had the pleasure of also working with Mr. Amlin here at Miami Valley Hospital where he once Volunteered. I also will always ask him Daughter in law Pam a nurse here at the hospital about Ken whenever I seen her. Ken may you Rest In Peace, gone but not forgotten. Gerald Martin and his brothers Darryl class of 1967, Craig class of 1968, Gerald class of 1969 and Dwight class of 1970 of Roth High School.
Sandy and I visited Coach a few days ago. We talked of old times together, so that Coach could hear. No one else was there, as we arrived in the early morning. After a few comments, Coach obviously heard us--because he blessed us with that million dollar smile, he was so famous for giving to everyone. He smiled but could not speak. When we were about to leave, we stepped very close to him, spoke loud enough for him to know we cared so much about him--and he smiled again, and said, "O.K.". Like many others, he inspired me to want to play the games of football and basketball. He was so special--just like his wife Pat. If I could have been anyone else, instead of myself, I would have wanted to be Coach Amlin!
Rest well, dear friend. It is well earned.
I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF THE FAMILY.
Amlin Family: You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Amlin coached my brothers football and I cheerleaded for the team. I would run into him at the local store and always say; "Your one of the Sargent kids". And would laugh and say I just can't remember which one. I will never forget one of his sayings "You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear." You will be missed.
Hard to put this into words, " Beane, he said, " would you do it all over again "? " I said " yes " Then he said " you are a true coach" Ken you did shape my life ... I will miss you and will always love you ... your friend .. Beaneoooooooo
Kenny was my first coach in grade school at E J Brown and one of the most dedicated educators and coaches I've ever known. He treated everyone the way he wanted to be treated and respected all students. I always admired the manner in which he put his family first. A great guy I will never forget.
Pat, So sorry for your loss. Hope it helps to know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of your sisters from Sigma Phi Gamma.
Karen Conrad, Kappa Sigma chapter
My thoughts are with the Amilin family. Ken was my coach at Roth 1966, he was my Mentor, a father figure that taught me a great leason of learning from a man with integrity, and caring, for me and my team mates. Ken you will always be in my heart.
Uncle Ken was always very devoted to football, even when he was just a spectator yelling at the televison while watching the Bengals or Browns.
I still remember my nephew Craig with Uncle Ken hollering while moving a dryer (without a dolley) from our basement when I was a kid over 30 years ago. He did not have to move the dryer, but he did.
On my wedding day in 1995, it was my Uncle Ken, even with his physically weakened heart, who helped carry my grandma in her wheel chair up a flight of stairs so she could be at my wedding. I will always remember Uncle Ken for that. Thank you, Uncle Ken.
My prayers are with Aunt Pat and family.
Coach Amlin was my freshman year gym teacher at CJ. I, too remember his famous "doggy, froggy" comment. A boy in gym class did a "skin the cat" maneuver and Coach Amlin yelled out "Doggy, froggys, son - that's the darndest thing I ever saw!" I never forgot it -and I will never forget him!
Dear Pat and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mr. Amlin was my "Boss" my junior year in high school and my homeroom advisor my senior year. He was my brother's football coach and good friend to my Dad. I will miss his' "Doggy Froggys" greetings. My thoughts and prayers are with the Amlin family.
The thoughts and prayers of many
Kappa Sigma, Sigma Phi's in Massachusetts are with you and yours.
My Dear Pat, I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, dear friend.
My prayers and thoughts are with the Amlin family. I am a 89 graduate of CJ and Kenny was my coach for two years. What a great man who could really turn a phrase. Who will ever forget the first time they heard "Doggy Froggies" or "Snatch you bald-headed". And if you were lucky enough to have made the Bahama Mama club you got some more funny stories... God bless him, I will certainly never forget him
Thanks coach for all the good times in high school at ROTH HS for a boy from a single parent home. Thanks for the mentoring you gave me that kept me off the street and out of trouble. I loved playing football for you and all you taught me. My heart goes out to your family. They are losing a wonderful person. Tommy Sparls, class of 1963.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.
I hope to see you soon Pat.
I am so sorry for your loss and may god bless you and your family and help you to remember all the good times and good things mr. amlin and your entire family have done for the vandalia and dayton community!
My husband John drove to Dayton early Easter morning to surprise Coach Amlin with a long overdue visit. He was a day late. He learned Coach Amlin left Dayton Saturday afternoon for his championship game in Heaven. Coach Amlin not only coached the game of football - he coached that game called "life". He can be credited for the success of several generations of young men and women who were fortunate to attend schools where he taught. He was their coach, their mentor and a life long friend. Heaven has received a wonderful man.