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Dale W. Ameden Sr.

JAMAICA- Dale Wesley Ameden, Sr., 70, passed away on Tuesday, May 24th from an ongoing cardiac condition. Dale was born and raised in the hills of Weston, Vermont, the oldest of five children of Dennis Guy Ameden and Barbara Jane (Foster) Ameden. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Karen (Chapin) Ameden, 8 children, 6 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and 4 siblings.A graduate of Chester High School, Dale was a self-made entrepreneur and leaves a legacy as the owner of several successful businesses in the Jamaica, VT area. Based on experience gained through management roles in large grocery stores in VT and NH, Dale moved to Jamaica with his family in 1979, buying the Jamaica General Store, steps away from the one-time residence of his paternal grandparents, Wesley and Hazel Ameden. Dale owned and operated the grocery store in the heart of town until 1990. He repurchased it as D&K's Jamaica Grocery in 2008 with his wife and business partner, Karen. Together, Dale and Karen launched several businesses over the years, including D&K's Garden Center, a Butterfly Pavilion and Bird Aviary, D&K's Little Farm, where they bred and raised llamas, D&K's Redemption Center and D&K's Property Maintenance. Dale was a star athlete, participating and excelling on bowling, softball and golf leagues. He was a skilled carpenter and served as a former volunteer firefighter with Jamaica Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Dale enjoyed riding on his lawn mower, watching the weather forecast and rooting for the Red Sox. Dale will be greatly missed by his family. With his former wife, Carol Faas of Jamaica, Dale shared 3 children and 7 grandchildren: Becky Sue Ameden and Tom Tolbert (parents of Nicolas and Andrew) of Jamaica, Lisa Claussen-Adams and Brian Adams (parents of Zachary and Miles Claussen) of Nahant, MA, and Wesley and Kelly Ameden (parents of Jacob, Owen, and Isabelle) of Jamaica. Dale married his second wife, Karen, on February 10, 1983 in Weston and together they had 5 children: Danielle and her fiance Joe Cersosimo of Newton, MA, Kristi and her husband Andrew Lembke of Thetford, Dustin Ameden of Washington, D.C., and twins, Kevin Ameden of Jamaica, and Drew Ameden of Jamaica. And then Dale said, "Eight is enough." He is also survived by four siblings: Bonnie Adams of Ludlow, Denise Follansbee of Claremont, NH, Brad Ameden of Weston, and Donna Sue Hain of Williston, their partners, and many nieces and nephews. His children learned to appreciate a strong work ethic, a tribute to a father who always led by example and rarely through words. If Dale could have borrowed the words of the Vermont native President Calvin Coolidge, he might have said "Any reward that is worth having only comes to the industrious. The success which is made in any walk of life is measured almost exactly by the amount of hard work that is put into it." FUNERAL NOTICE: A gathering to celebrate Dale's life will be held on Saturday at noon at the family home, 3417 VT Rte. 30, Jamaica. A private graveside burial service will be held at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Jamaica Village. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Jamaica Volunteer Fire and Rescue or Grace Cottage Hospital.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on May 26, 2016
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