John F. Ames Jr.
1947 - 2020
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John F. Ames, Jr., 72, of Susquehanna Township, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He was born on May 21, 1947 in Dubois, PA to the late John F. "Jack" Ames and Irma (Moats) Ames. He grew up in Lewisburg, PA and graduated high school from the Valley Forge Military Academy. He earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State, and attended graduate school at the University of Baltimore. John was dedicated to helping those in need, working in social work for most of his career. He retired from the Commonwealth of PA Department of Human Services as a Policy Specialist. He was particularly proud of his work to help establish Fairweather Lodges in PA that provide housing for the mentally ill. John was an accomplished guitar player, playing nearly every day for most of his life to the delight of family and friends. He was a dedicated husband and father who made a point to attend every one of his sons' concerts, plays, baseball, football, and soccer games. He loved being a grandfather. He enjoyed reading, traveling, Steelers football, the Nittany Lions, and his cats. He was a Mason, member of the Harrisburg-Snyder Lodge No. 629. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Roberta (Bobbie) F. Ames; 2 sons: Drew Ames and his wife Robin of Susquehanna Township, Geoffrey Ames and his wife Brianne of Erie, CO; a sister Nancy Brown of Georgetown, KY; 5 grandchildren: John, Andrew, Sebastian, Delilah and Ophelia. He was preceded in death by a son, Nathaniel Ames. A time to celebrate John's life is being planned for late spring. Arrangements are under the care of the Jesse H. Geigle Funeral Home, 2100 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110. To send condolences or to share memories with the family please go to Memorial contributions in John's honor may be made to the Humane Society of Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111 or to the American Red Cross, 1804 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.

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March 23, 2020
I worked with John in the Hershey chocolate factory in 1978. He positivism, grace, intelligence, wit, and humanity were an inspiration to us all.
David Stumpf
March 23, 2020
So Sorry for your loss
James Frankart
March 23, 2020
John was a great colleague that I enjoyed working with at OMHSAS. When I was just a newbie, he would always take the time to take me under his wing and explain things to me no matter how many times I asked the same questions. I am thankful for his friendship. My deepest condolences to the family.
Doris Arena
March 22, 2020
Bobbie and Family,

Sorry to learn of your loss. Our prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Charley and Mary Lou Sproule
March 22, 2020
Dear Bobbi,
So sorry to learn of your husband's passing. Pleas accept my sincere condolence for you and your family.

Out of Commission member,
Pat Kennedy
Pat Kennedy
March 22, 2020
Dear Bobbi and Family,
So shocked and saddened to learn of John's passing. I would see him periodically at a local restaurant having breakfast with friends and we would chat for a bit. You and your family are in my thoughts during this difficult time. He will be missed by many. So sorry for your loss. May you find some comfort in all the memories you shared over many years.

Beth Harfmann
Beth Harfmann
March 22, 2020
Lynne and I are very sorry for your loss.
March 22, 2020
Dear Bobbi and Family,
The SCSC "Out of Commission" members are saddened to hear of John's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers for peace, comfort and strength at this time.
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