Melvin Irving Amoss, 81, of Thurmont, formerly of Taneytown, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Genesis Healthcare Center in Gettysburg, Pa., following a short, but fierce, battle with MDS. Born Nov. 28, 1929, in Sykesville, he was the son of the late William and Elizabeth (Hurt) Amoss. He was the husband of the late Betty Lee Ausherman Amoss, who died in 1997.|
He was a truck driver for both RH Crawford and Zentz Trucking. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was affiliated with the United Methodist Church, American Legion Hesson Snider Post 120 in Taneytown and the Harney VFW.
He enjoyed flying, tinkering with motors, lawnwork and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid CB radio operator with the proud handle "The Agitator."
Surviving are daughter, Karen Lee Chiaruttini and husband Timothy of Taneytown; son, Melvin Wayne Amoss and Diane of Williamsport, Pa.; grandchildren, Laryssa Doody and husband Keith of Thurmont, Jordan Chiaruttini and wife Miriam of Hanover, Pa., Donald M. Chiaruttini of Baltimore, Luke Amoss of Littlestown, and Christy Claybaugh and husband Charlie of Littlestown; 11 great-grandchildren, Justice, Jaydon, Tara, Becky, Brandon, Ava, Addison, Braydon, Taylor, Austin and Kyle; great-great-grandchild, Nathaniel Stonesifer; brothers, George Amoss and wife Theo of Westminster, and Calvin Amoss and wife Carol of Taneytown; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.1, at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 136 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown, with the Rev. Jeffrey Blaylock officiating. Interment will follow in Keysville Union Cemetery, Keysville. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation at www.aamds .org/aplastic/.
Online condolences may be made to the family at MyersDurborawFH.com.
Published Online in www.fredericknewspost.com on Jan. 29, 2011