Mr. Richard Amon, age 81, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. While attending high school at St. John’s Military Academy in Wisconsin, Dick played football. He graduated in 1946 and entered in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII. Dick attended Michigan State University and was called back to serve in the Korean War. In 1948 he met Esther Jorgensen. While he was in the service, they wrote to one another. Dick came home from Korea in November, and he and Esther were married on January 5, 1952.
For a long time, Dick was the controller at Westing Company and then became the business manager for the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons for the state of Michigan. He was a member of the Doric Lodge #352 and served as past master. Dick was honored by his fellow Masons as a 33rd Degree Mason with the Meritus Service Award.
Dick and Esther enjoyed being together and liked cruises and traveling. They especially loved being by the lake.
Family was very important to Dick. His children endearingly remember their dad as always promoting punctuality and one who held on to those old-fashion ideas.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Esther; son, Martin Amon of Holland; daughter, Carol Berenbrock and husband Gary; grandchildren, Eric (Andrea) Beckett, Jeffrey Beckett, Mark Beckett, Julia Amon, Thomas Amon, Christine Amon, Shanda Berenbrock, Casey Berenbrock; great-grandchild, Ashton Beckett; sister-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Amon; nieces, Jan, Peg and Sue; and many friends.
The service for Dick was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Rockford with Pastor Laurel TenHave-Chapman officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the U.S. Army with interment in Rest Lawn Memorial Park. The Masonic Memorial Service was held on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.