Claude Ernest Amos

July 22, 1922 ‒ May 27, 2011

Mansfield, Ohio

“A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and of vice”. Claude Amos understood the value of a good education, how it opened doors and created opportunities. He supported his children and grandchildren as they completed schooling and obtained degrees. Described as wise and caring, Claude E. Amos passed away Friday morning May 27, 2011 in Firelands Regional Hospital in Sandusky. He was 88.

Claude was born July 22, 1922 in Cleveland, VA, to John and Anna (Hoffman) Amos. As a teenager he was enjoying a meal at the local diner in Honaker, Virginia when he caught the eye of a cute waitress, Velva Hess. The two were married on April 4, 1942 and just over a year later Claude joined the Army Air Corps serving in Normandy and Northern France during WWII. He received five battle stars and a distinguished Unit Badge. Claude earned rank of Sergeant, as a non-commissioned officer, in charge of the motor pool. A proud American patriot, Claude was honorably discharged in 1945.

During his time with the Civilian Conservation Corps, Claude not only learned a good work ethic, he learned how to play some pretty mean baseball.

He worked 26 years as an electrician with Empire Detroit Steel, and retired in 1981. He was a member of Venus Masonic Lodge #152. Claude enjoyed gardening and caring for his fruit trees.

He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Kenneth & Karen Amos of Lucas, Roger & Stephanie Amos, Claude & Beth Amos and Dwight Amos all of Mansfield; his daughter and son-in-law Judy & Jim Berry of Lucas; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; sister Dare Starling of Bluefield, Virginia and brother Duard Amos, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Velva (Hess) Amos in 1996 as well as 12 brothers and sisters.

The Amos family will receive friends Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Lantz Cemetery. Pastors Jim Berry and Charles Barnhill will officiate. The Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold military honors.

Memorial contributions to Berean Baptist Church may be made through the funeral home, PO Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

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