AMEY, John W.|
John W. Amey, age 76, of Austin, died Friday, November 8, 2013.
Born in Austin on January 13, 1937, John graduated from Austin High School and attended the University of Texas. From a young age, he spent countless hours on the golf course and remained an avid and exceptional golfer throughout most of his life. But playing golf was more than just a pastime to John. To him a round of golf was the perfect way to spend the afternoon with his friends, a fine group of men whom he enjoyed and respected, beginning at Muny when he was a teenager, then at the old Austin Country Club, Onion Creek and Barton Creek.
John began his career in funeral service at Cook Funeral Home when the firm was located downtown, between the capitol and the governor's mansion. His mentors were funeral directors Martin Bloomquist and Sherman Birdwell who instilled in John the immeasurable value of integrity, dignity and service. In 1983, then Governor Mark White appointed John to a six-year term on the Texas Funeral Service Commission in recognition of his exceptional reputation as a funeral professional.
In 1976, John purchased Wilke-Clay Funeral Home on South Congress, reaching a long held personal and professional aspiration. Two years later, he married Linda Brizendine on Valentines Day 1978. For nearly twenty years, John and Linda, also a funeral director, worked side by side at Wilke-Amey-Clay and later at Amey Funeral Home in northwest Austin. John was dedicated to the families he served and viewed his years in funeral service as a privilege and a truly meaningful career.
Despite considerable difficulties in the final months of John's life, he and Linda found pleasure together each and every day. Traveling with their Boston terrier Regent, they enjoyed two lengthy stays at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, John's favorite vacation destination. At John's insistence, he and Linda made an overnight trip to Ruidoso for a singular purpose, to share a long overdue meal with Linda's sister Jean and her husband Dudley McCauley.
John is preceded in death by his father, Edward Joseph Amey and his mother Beth Fowler Amey.
He is survived by his wife Linda, John's partner in every respect for thirty-five years. Their devotion to one another stood the test of time.
Survivors include his sister Janis and her husband Bob Schaeffer; nephew Scott Schaeffer and wife Paula, and Scott's son Jacob; niece Cari Langford, her husband Vince, and their twin daughters Amey and Lindsey. John is also survived by Linda's family who loved and admired him, as well as numerous treasured friends.
John will lie in state at Weed-Corley-Fish at 32nd and N. Lamar until 3:00 pm on Saturday. A private burial will be held at Austin Memorial Park.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to
or to The John and Linda Amey Endowed Scholarships at St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704.
Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2013