July 28, 1938 ~ September 4, 2019

Born in: Denver, CO
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Minister Donald Palmer Ames, age 81, of Indianapolis, IN died on Wednesday, September 4 at his residence.  He was born on July 28, 1938 in Denver, CO to the late Charles Palmer Ames and Loleta (Ring) Ames.

He served his calling as a Pastor in the Church of Christ for 36 years from 1965 until his retirement in 2001.  During that time period he served Church of Christ Congregations in:  Chicago, IL, Tuckerman, AR, Lowell, IN, Berwyn, IL, Leland, IL, Pekin, IL, Shelbyville, IL, Merryville, IN, Castleton, IN an Indianapolis, IN at the Emerson Ave. Church of Christ.  He also served as an editor with Truth Magazine from 1961 – 1980.  Even after his retirement he continued to minister to his fellow residents at Bloom at German Church Assisted Living teaching Bible Study on Sundays.

He is survived by his son, Mark D. (Evelyn) Ames of Schaumburg, IL and daughter, Cindy Deberry of Indianapolis, IN.  Other survivors in include his 15 grandchildren, Jordan Ames, Steven Solomon, Alicia (Curtis) Garrison, Angela (Joe) Kmitta, Amanda (Brad) Baker, Michael (Lindsey) Deberry, Melissa Deberry, Vanessa Deberry, Kassandra Deberry, Savanna Deberry, Brianna Deberry, Aurora Deberry, Seth Hedrick, Kendall Arnold and Madison Palmer; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Charlene (Chuck) Clark and Phyllis (Jack) Harris.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 54 years, Miriam Ames; son, Joel Ames; sister, Judy Ames.

Visitation will take place on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services.  Burial will follow at Washington Park Cemetery, Indianapolis.  Memorial donations in memory of Mr. Ames can be made to the Disabled American Veterans.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


Visitation: September 9, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Funeral Service: September 9, 2019 11:00 am

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Donald Palmer Ames's name.

Disabled American Veterans


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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. Don was one of the kindest and most humble persons I have ever known. Both he and Mimi were such shining examples to me of how to live, love, and show love to strangers and brethren alike. I will always be grateful and thankful for having met them, and for being able to spend time with them as my family in Christ. He will be missed.

  3. I’ve known Don from Bloom, where my Mom, June, resides. I’m a Volunteer and I’m usually there a few days a week. Don was such a gentleman. Always went to lunches on Friday’s. He led the Birthday Song each day there was a special birthday. He will be missed. I’m so sorry for your loss. It is a great loss for all of us.

  4. To the family of Don Ames. I am so sorry for your loss. When he was at Pekin, IL he and his lovely wife came and sat all day with my family during the transplant operations of my middle daughter giving my youngest daughter a kidney. We so much appreciate this and the service to our “church family”.

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