Sunday, December 16, 2018


June 3, 1936—March 6, 2018

   TOMAH - Richard R. Ames, 81, of Tomah, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Tomah Memorial Hospital.

   He was born June 3, 1936, in Viola, Wisconsin. He grew up in Viola and graduated from Viola High School or “Viola Tech” as he used to call it.

   Richard served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. He married Sherry Anderson on June 16, 1962, in Viroqua, WI. After marriage, they lived in Loves Park, IL. He worked for Barber-Colman Factory in Rockford and owned and operated two Standard Stations. Richard and Sherry moved back to Wisconsin in 1967 and farmed on the Roberts Farm in Coles Valley from 1967 until 1984. He farmed in Farmers Valley from 1984 until 1986. He worked for Handishop Industries from 1986 till 2008. Richard enjoyed gardening, yard work and cutting wood.

   Richard is survived by his wife, Sherry of Tomah; his sons, Joe Ames and Jeff (Laura) Ames, both of Sparta; his grandsons, Matthew Ames and Andrew (Jean) Ames; and one great-grandson. He is further survived by his siblings, JoAnn Leatherberry of Viroqua and Gerald Ames Jr. of Rockford, IL.

   A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 16, at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with Reverend Mark Kvale officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Prairie Cemetery, Coles Valley.

   Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

   Online condolences may be offered to the family at

   The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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