Eugene Robert Ames, 83, of Kirtland, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Farmington, after several months in a nursing home. He was born July 3, 1930, in Jerome, Ariz., to Robert and Rachel Ames.
He spent his childhood with his family in several northern Arizona towns. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force in the 1940s, and then several years in the Arizona National Guard. He was also a police officer
in Phoenix, Ariz., in the 1950s.
Eugene was happily married for 56 years to the love of his life, Nancy. He retired from Arizona Public Service in 1994. He was a resident of Kirtland for 34 years. He enjoyed flying RC airplanes, he was a private pilot and he could fix or build anything. He was the co-founder of the RC Airplane Club and a former member of the Farmington Elks Lodge
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one great-grandchild.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, John (Juanita) Ames; daughters, Wende (Lars) Baker and Su (Bob) Hodgman; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at his daughter's home, 4501B Rowe Ave.
Memorials may be made to the San Juan Animal League, P.O. Box 142, Farmington, NM 87499.
Eugene's care is entrusted to Alternative Choice, 804 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington, 505-325-9611. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.