SNYDER, Colo. - Earnest Earl Amsberry, 85, died Thursday (Feb. 14, 2008), at the Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan.
He was born April, 24, 1922, in St. Francis to Alfred and Susanna (Talmon) Amsberry. He served his country in the U.S. Marines during World War II.
He married Betty Billington on Dec. 20, 1945, in St. Francis. They moved from Bird City to Snyder, Colo., in 1950. In 1964, he started his own hay business in Snyder.
He attended the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brush, Colo. He was a member of the VFW and was involved with the Young Farmers.
Through the years they sponsored children through the Christian Children's Fund.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, James Patrick Brown, Sean Shelton and Wendy Shelton; great-grandchild, Jessica Stone; one brother, Howard Amsberry; and one sister, Irene Clark.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Amsberry of Snyder; one son, Alden Amsberry of Littleton, Colo.; two daughters, Linda Shelton of Thornton, Colo., and Susanne Brown of Thermoplois, Wyo.; two brothers, Leonard Amsberry of Goodland, Kan., and Lee Amsberry of Bird City; three sisters, Vera Sumner of Brush, Dorothy Hammers of Englewood, Colo., and Darlene Brubaker of Bird City; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m., at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brush. Local services will be Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Forch Funeral Home Chapel in Benkelman. Interment with military honors will follow the service at the Benkelman Cemetery on Wednesday.
Visitation will be today until 5 p.m., at Heer Chapel in Brush.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Forch Funeral Home of Benkelman is in charge of local arrangements.