William Barry Ames

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William Barry Ames, 83, of Sarver, formerly of New Kensington, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday.
He was born Nov. 24, 1934, the son of William Francis Ames and Doris Lucille Ames.
He was married to Katrina (Stroup) Ames for 50 years.
He graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1953. While there, he was an outstanding football player, being named All American in football.
After a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he attended Cornell University, then the University of Pennsylvania while he earned the degree of doctor of veterinary medicine in 1963.
He was the past president of the Western Pennsylvanian Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, co-founder of Allegheny Veterinary Emergency Clinic and director of the Rainbow Pet Care Center in Natrona Heights, which he founded in March of 1968.
He served on the board of directors of the New Kensington YMCA.
He was a member of Evangel Heights Church for 36 years, serving on the board of directors and teaching Sunday school.
He believed Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He experienced a growing hunger for the Word of God. He kept in touch with Him through Bible reading, prayer and his church life.
He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing and hiking many sections of the Appalachian Trail with his wife, Katrina. He loved running and ran the Pittsburgh Marathon.
He became a foster parent with his wife for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Katrina (Stroup) Ames; and his children, William Barry Ames II of Boynton Beach, Fla., Robert Paul Ames of Tampa, Fla., Amber Lee (Mrs. Steven) Haik of Lafayette, La., Eric Philip Hanna of Gainesville, Fla., Christopher Francis Ames of Natrona Heights, and Morgan Elizabeth Ames of Sarver.
He also is survived by five grandchildren, Nathan Hanna, Isabella Ames, Brandon Haik, Nicole Ames and Erica Ames; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sue (Ames) Wyant of Lower Burrell.
He was predeceased by his parents.
AMES - Family and friends of William Barry Ames, who died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, will be received from 11 a.m. until services at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Evangel Heights Church, 120 Beale Road, Sarver, with Pastor Dan Corfield officiating.
Burial will be held in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Evangel Heights Church, 120 Beale Road, Sarver PA 16055.
To send a condolence please visit www.redmondfuneralhomeinc.com.


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Evangel Heights Assembly-God
120 Beale Rd
Sarver, PA 16055
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Published in Butler Eagle on Sept. 6, 2018