Philip E. Ames Sr., 87, of Scenery Hill, died Monday, August 18, 2014, in his home.
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He was born May 16, 1927, in Coal Center, a son of the late John Oscar and Lucinda Phillips Ames.
Mr. Ames was a 1945 graduate of California High School and a graduate of Penn Commercial, Washington.
He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. His service included stations at U.S. Naval Training Center, Sampson, N.Y., and on the USS Barrow. Much of his service was spent in western China and Hawaii. He was present at the first testing of the atomic bomb. For his services, he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Ames retired from West Penn Power Co. after 42 years of service, having worked in Bethel Park, Charleroi, Brownsville and Jefferson stations. He was also a self-employed farmer, who enjoyed working with his two sons on the farm.
He was a 62-year member of Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 237, Beallsville, and was a member of Consistory of the Valley, Pittsburgh.
On August 18, 1951, he married Donna Thomas Ames, who survives. On the day of his death, they celebrated 63 years of marriage.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children, Philip E. Ames Jr. (Susan) of Scenery Hill, Dawne Liggitt (Jerry) of Scenery Hill and Paul Ames (Cindy) of Ellsworth; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Evelyn Bradshaw of Daisytown, Emma Lou Kistler of Coal Center and Etta Kokoska of Daisytown; a brother, Lloyd Ames of Eighty Four; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are three brothers, John Emory "Jiggs" Ames, Oscar Edwin Ames and Francis Ames; a sister, Edith Morton; and a great-grandson, Braden Hartley.
Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 22. Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 237, Beallsville, will hold a service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment will be in Westland Cemetery, Brownsville.
A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.
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Published in Observer-Reporter on Aug. 20, 2014