|Birth: ||Jul. 21, 1926|
|Death: ||Nov. 3, 2012|
BOULDER – George A. Ammen Jr., 86, a longtime Boulder resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.
George was born July 21, 1926, to George Ammen Sr. and Myrtle Mayo Ammen in Westby. He spent his early years in Kansas with his mother's family. In 1942, he moved to Turner to live with his father and stepmother, Gladys Ammen. He was the oldest of three children: brother, Bill Ammen of Turner; and sister, Penny Mackey of Malta.
After graduating from Turner High, he earned a degree in pharmacy from the University of Montana (then Montana State University). In 1950, he married the love of his life, Cecelia Williams, after meeting on a blind date in their senior year of college. After 2 1/2 years in Havre, they purchased the Aspengren Drug store and made Boulder their home for the next 57 years. Together, Cecelia and George operated the Ammen Drug up until closing its doors in 1997. They celebrated 61 years of marriage in August 2011 prior to Cecelia's passing in September 2011.
George was extensively involved in the Boulder community. He served on many boards; supported local school and athletics programs; and helped establish the First Boulder Valley Bank, Big Boulder Housing and the Boulder Medical Clinic. He was a longtime Rotarian, winning the photography contest on more than one occasion. He was active in social justice issues and very involved in the Boulder United Methodist Church.
For many years, George and Cecelia led the youth group for the church, touching many young lives in the community. Their home was always open to others, including exchange students from Norway, the Dominican Republic and Argentina. He employed many young people in his store – including his children – where he modeled integrity, respect, compassion, hard work and honesty.
George was not only devoted to, but thoroughly enjoyed, his family, friends and church. George and Cecelia shared their love of the outdoors, gardening, animals, travel and card playing with all who knew them. Their life was always filled with the joy of cats and dogs, most especially Patches, their constant companion in their later years. They were fully involved in their grandchildren's lives, including their many activities, and were loved deeply by them.
George was passionate about knowledge and the world around him, and he shared that passion with his children and grandchildren. He was always there when we needed him and we miss him greatly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cecelia; sisters-in-law, Lucille, Julie and Beverly; brothers-in-law, Bob, Ron and Jack; and infant granddaughter, Crystal.
He is survived by his brother, Bill Ammen (Glenna); sister, Penny Mackey; brother-in-law, Robert Williams; children, Sue Ammen (Gail), Jim Ammen (Alice), Lynne Bryant (Shawn), Lee Ammen and Lani Jeffery; grandchildren, Kayli, Kirsten (Jason), Alyssa (Ben), Cassie, Jaime, Cody, Jesse, Chelsea, Serena, Nichole and Tristan; great-grandson, Jack; great-granddaughter, Sierra; and nephews and nieces, Kathy, Bryan, Larissa, Sheena, William George "BG" and Thayne.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the Jefferson High south gym in Boulder followed by a gathering at the Boulder Catholic Community Center in celebration of his life.
Memorials in George's honor may be made to the Boulder United Methodist Church, Rocky Mountain Hospice or memorial of donor's choice.
K&L Mortuaries & Crematory of Boulder assisted with arrangements.
-Source: Missoulian, 6 Nov 2012.
Myrtle Mayo Ammen (1902 - 1943)
Cecelia Williams Ammen (1927 - 2011)
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Record added: Nov 06, 2012
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You will be missed. You were a wonderful person and Boulder was blessed to count you as a citizen for all the years you lived there.|
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