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Thurston B. Ames


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Thurston B. Ames

Thurston Barr Ames (T.B.) was born in Ossining, NY May 9th 1924 To Helen Aird Ames and Edward Maurice Ames. He was a fun-loving sibling to Shirley Keeler, Ned and Jimmy. He passed away July 5th 2014 in the loving care of his children and the wonderful staff of Rosario Assisted Living in Anacortes, WA. T.B. was a dominating force of personality. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a pilot during World War II and the Korean War; retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1962. Piloting a transport flight from Marseilles to Casablanca, he met the young Army nurse who would become his wife: Phyllis M. Currey (1922 - 2006). They were wed in Germany in 1945. T.B. succeeded in business and retired as Vice President of Northern Life Insurance Co. and began his own successful incentives business, Ames & Shoemaker, before retiring to Anacortes, WA, with Phyllis. He was captain of the Phyllis M. sloop, father to Robert T. Ames (Sue Schiesser), Kathryn M. Morrison, and William E. Ames (Gretchen Chambers.) and a memorable grandfather to Amber, Brian, Aubrey, Nick and Ava and great-grandfather to Jack, Cassie, Kenzie and Amalia. He was a planet of immense social gravity to which all were attracted. T.B.'s stories were ribald, his humor was outrageous, he took his gin on the rocks and he never will be forgotten by anyone who met him.

To share memories of T.B., please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com
Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 10, 2014
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