John Evans Amsberry, 91, was born Dec. 11, 1919, son of Frank G Amsberry and Elizabeth A Amsberry (Evans). He was born and lived the majority of his life in the Mason City area having farmed on the family homestead.
He took a job with manufacturing in the late 1950s in Broken Bow. Later he was licensed to sell insurance and did that until he retired.
He was always interested in the farm and working the soil. So in later years a big garden was a pastime he enjoyed; plus sharing the fruits of his labors.
John had many interests which included politics, and school activities of his sons. He served on the Algernon township board during the blizzard of 1948-49. He was on the Mason City School board during the redistricting efforts of the 1950s. He was a life-long member of the Baptist Church in Mason City, holding offices such as Deacon and Sunday School superintendent for many years.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Mason City and Loup City for over 60 years. He was honored two years ago, while at the assisted care facility, for having been a Mason for 60 years. This was a highlight for him.
He and wife Patsy got to do some traveling and visiting various places in our country, a topic of many discussions. While sharing their experiences and showing pictures of what they had seen.
He always encouraged his sons to get an education and get off the farm; he had experienced the 1930s and the hardships that people endured and wanted his sons to not have to go through the same process.
Dad was quite proud of the Amsberry heritage and the history of the family. He talked of how he'd gone with his grandfather to visit the State legislature in Nebraska and the fact his granddad had been a member of the legislature. He remembered going with his grandfather and watching the Sower being placed on the top of the State Capitol.
John and Patsy were married for more than 60 years until her passing in January 2006. They were married Aug. 10, 1940. To that union were born three sons and a daughter.
He is survived by son, Allan and his wife Shirley of Lincoln, and their four adult children - Pamela ( Floyd) Beckmann of Lincoln, Lora (Denis) Amsberry-Augier of New Orleans, La., Monica (Cris) Amsberry-Sartori of Stuart, Florida, and Brian (Karla) Amsberry of Sioux Center, Iowa; son, Robert of Littleton, Colo., and his daughter, Erin; eight great-grandchildren, Evan and Jonah Beckmann, Phoebe and Ariel Sartori, and Kallie, Mason, Jackson and Bryson Amsberry.
Grandpa John was able to appreciate and know how special grandchildren and great- grandchildren are. He appreciated each of them for their individual selves.
John is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patsy; son, Kenneth and infant daughter, Julie.
Published in Custer County Chief, Oct. 6, 2011