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William Thomas "Bill" Ames

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William Thomas "Bill" Ames Memorial visitation for William Thomas "Bill" Ames, 83, will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road, Barrington, IL 60010. The Rev. Dr. James Wilson will officiate. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the church columbarium. Born July 4, 1925, in Plainfield, N.J., he passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 26, 2009, with his wife of 56 years, Evelyn, at his side. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; two sisters, Helen Glaze of Silver Spring, Md. and Virginia Crozier of Orleans, Mass.; two children, Nancy (Richard) Saxton of Algonquin and Judith (Charles) Wooderson of Crystal Lake; two grandchildren, Jessica (Thomas) Craven of Arlington, Va. and Eric Saxton of Algonquin; and many nieces and nephews. Bill grew up in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and was the son of Oliver B. and Linda Hill Ames. In his younger days his nickname was Dick, and he had a love for big band music and was an avid saxophone player - having a band of his own. Bill served three years in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. He sailed on the McCoy Reynolds DE-440 and was part of the crew's Sonar unit. Along with his crew members, he helped his ship survive both a typhoon and a kamikaze strike. After graduating with a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Buffalo, he married the love of his life, Evelyn Zobel on July 26, 1952. The couple followed Bill's career to Louisville, Ky., where his first child, Nancy was born, and then to Columbus, Ohio, where his second child, Judith was born. The next move was to Mount Prospect and eventually to Barrington, where they made their home for more than 40 years. Bill worked in Chicago after moving to Illinois, and walked to the train station every day as part of his commute. He retired from Industrial Risk Insurers in 1987 and remained active in the community. Bill was a mainstay at the Barrington Historical Society, acting as building and grounds chairman, and taught a safe driving course held in Cuba Township. He was also a longtime member of the Barrington United Methodist Church, was a choir member for over 40 years and was also chairman of the Columbarium Committee. He enjoyed home improvements, the beach, skiing, traveling, spending time with his family, dancing, was an avid golfer and was one who would never pass on seconds of dessert. He was also a longtime precinct captain and former president of the Barrington Township Republican Organization. Bill was known for his unique mix of firmness and humor. To his grandchildren, he was known as "Poppy" and provided guidance, fun, support and his trademark humor. To his children, he was a life guide who provided love, laughter and encouragement. To his wife, Bill was cherished, a companion, a dancing partner and her best friend. "Despite being diagnosed with several debilitating diseases in his later years, the gentle, practical man who could make us laugh continued to give us many, many smiles." In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Barrington United Methodist Church Building Fund, 98 Algonquin Road, Barrington, IL 60010. For information, contact Davenport Family Funeral Home, Barrington, 847-381-3411.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 29, 2009
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