Neil Jerome Amos, 66, of Tower, died peacefully at his home, on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer.
Neil was a well-known and respected member of the community and served as the volunteer airport manager for several years at the Tower Municipal Airport, where he owned and operated his avionics installation and repair station.
Neil was born on Feb. 11, 1947, in St. Paul, the son of Orville and Angeline (Tinucci) Amos. He attended Simley High in Inver Grove Heights, and later attended Brown Institute where he studied electronics. In 1969, Neil enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served as a communications technician during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge in May 1975, Neil married Eileen E. Yonker at Fort Mead, Md. Neil transitioned his family to Minnesota in the early 80’s, settling in Delano, Minn., where Neil worked with Cargill for 20 years as the North American Telecommunications Manager. While in the cities, Neil opened his avionics installation and repair station in Clear Lake, Minn. In 2000, he and his wife, Eileen, relocated to Lake Vermilion, just a mile from his childhood cabin, and continued operating his successful business until this last summer. Neil was also a member of the Tower American Legion, the local Ducks Unlimited, and was fundamental in organizing the annual Cat Island Seaplane Safety Seminar in Canada.
Neil is survived by his wife of 37 years, Eileen Amos; daughter, Carolyn (Casey) Storey of Portland, Ore.; son, Matthew (Emily) Amos of Baxter, Minn.; grandson, Benjamin Neil Amos; sisters, Donna (Bill) Tix of Randolph, Minn., Patricia (Joe) Silva of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Betty Amos of San Diego, Calif., Vera (Gene) Sherman of Billings, Mont., Roxanne Butler of Franktown, Colo.; niece, Kim (Dean) Weber; nephew, Mike (Becky) Tix; extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation for all of the support and care the members of Neil’s Hospice team provided them during Neil’s last month of life.
A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel, in Fort Snelling State Park. A Gathering time for family and friends will begin at 11 a.m. Military honors will be accorded. Neil will be laid to rest during a private burial service in Little Valley Cemetery near Plainview, Minn., beside his mother and father in the Amos plot, at a later date. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation in Neil’s honor to St. Mary’s East Range Hospice.
Family services provided by Bauman – Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.