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1938 "Dick" 2023

Rev. Lawrence Richard Ammons

April 19, 1938 — October 29, 2023

St. Johns

 Rev. Lawrence Richard "Dick" Ammons moved to a new home on October 29, 2023. 
     Dick was the only child of Glenn and Nellie (Nee-Henry) Ammons and was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, on April 19, 1938. He graduated from West Fairmont High School and Ottawa University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. 
     During his lifetime he received many honors and awards. He was an eagle scout, a mason for 60 years, received the Keyman Award from the Campbell County, Kentucky Jaycees and was Jaycee of the year. He was a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Newport, Kentucky, and was a chaplain for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce twice receiving the president's award from the Chamber of Commerce. 
     Prior to joining the Downtown Rotary Club of Lansing in 1983, Dick had been a member of the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri. While a Rotarian he received the Paul Harris award 4 times. 
    Rev. Ammons retired in 2004 as the Senior Minister of Unity of Greater Lansing. Following retirement, he presented workshops in church management and was often a guest speaker at Unity churches.
   He is survived by his wife Betty Ammons of St. Johns, MI, children: Rick and Julie Ammons of Blue Springs, MO; Jeanneane and Jack  Nartker of Shepherd, MI; Kippy and Pat Franks of Brooklyn, MI; Randy Ammons of Huron Twp., MI; and his grandchildren: Ian, Brandon, Hope, Lee, Stephanie, Nathan and John. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
     Funeral services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 2, 2023, with visitation from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Kathy Raymer will officiate. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI. 
     Memorials may be made to Honolua United Methodist Church, 5110 Kohi Street, Lahaina, HI 96761, or to the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation, 1200 Wright Ave., Alma, MI 48801. Online condolences can be sent to The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Smith Family Funeral Homes St Johns

104 East Cass Street , St. Johns, MI 48879

Visitation will be 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M.

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