May 1, 2013
May is National Motorcycle Awareness Month. Please be careful as you drive the streets and highways. Read more here https://local.nixle.com/alert/4994804/
March 15, 2013
Amos Family Funeral Home has joined the rank of “2013 Investors Guild” membership with the Shawnee Chamber. This unique category of membership recognizes making a substantial financial commitment to the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce in order to better enable the organization to carry out its business plan and improve the business climate in the greater Shawnee area.
When the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1946, its first president was an Amos. The founder of Amos Family Funeral Home, E Paul Amos, was the first president of the Shawnee Chamber and served again in that capacity in 1949.
Indeed, each if the three generations of the Amos Family who have owned and operated the funeral home are past presidents of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. Eugene Amos led the Chamber in 1963. Gregg Amos, president of Amos Family Funeral Home, was president of the Shawnee Chamber in 1990.
Involvement in the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce remains an Amos family affair. In addition to Gregg’s ongoing connection with the Chamber, his sister, Amy Amos Ruo, office manager is also involved. Megan Amos Starek, licensed funeral director, and Parker Amos, director of pre-need services, are fourth generation Amos’ to follow their family’s footsteps of serving the community. Parker is a graduate of the Shawnee Chamber’s Leadership Tomorrow program.
March 15, 2013
By Gregg Amos, President
When a loved one dies, the family faces many decisions that must be made in a short period of time. Perhaps the most obvious decision is whether to bury or to cremate their loved one.
Cremation, as a generally less costly method of disposition, is steadily increasing and is now chosen nearly 50 percent of the time on a nationwide basis. Tough economic times have become a key factor in making the choice for cremation. In the past decade we have seen the rise of store-front cremation centers or societies where your loved one can be cremated for under $1,000 with no funeral, no memorial service and no celebration of a life lived.
The significance of a memorial service – regardless of how or where it takes place – should be taken into consideration. Those who say, “Just cremate me and throw me out.” don’t realize the burden they place on family. Consider our attention to expectant mothers with baby showers and the providing of gifts and congratulations to the justifiably proud parents when a baby is born. We recognize the joy and potential the new life offers. But we sometimes neglect to memorialize a life lived, a life that loved others, was part of a family and that invariably touched others in a profound way.
Years ago a woman came to me wanting cremation without any memorialization for her loved one. We followed her wishes. Months later she came to the funeral home and angrily asked why I had let her select direct cremation. She wished she had included a funeral or a memorial service because she was having a very difficult time coping with her loss. She had come to believe a funeral or memorial service would have given her an opportunity to grieve in a beneficial way. I apologized. Amos Family policy is to follow a family’s wishes and provide what is requested. We certainly do not want to be considered pushy!
Being mindful of expense is important, but many psychiatrists express recognition the funeral or memorial service serves a real purpose. These services help fulfill the need for grieving for the living, a need sometimes unfulfilled.
We all want to try our best to follow our loved one’s wishes. However, funerals and memorial services are for the living. The structured formality of a memorial service may provide the family with a sense of comfort. Therein exists true and enduring value.
November 11, 2012
Please join the Amos Family in saying thank you to all veterans on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2012. American service men and women sacrifice a great deal in order to protect the freedoms we all enjoy, and all too often, take for granted. Please pray for our troops and give thanks to all who have served. Read further for some very interesting information on how Armistice Day became Veteran’s Day.
In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas shoe store owner, Al King, had a plan to change Armistice Day to commemorate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. Mr. King had been involved with American War Dads throughout World War II. Then he started a crusade to turn Armistice Day into “All” Veterans Day. The Emporia Chamber of Commerce assumed the crusade after resolving that 90% of the Emporia merchants along with the Board of Educationsupported closing their doors on November 11, 1953, to honor veterans. With the help of U.S. Representative Ed Rees, from Emporia, a bill for a national holiday was pushed through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954.
Congress modified this act on November 8, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans”. It has been recognized as Veteran’s Day since.
July 4, 2012
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
— John Hancock
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
May 25, 2012
This weekend marks our 66th year of serving the people of Johnson County and the Kansas City area. We are so blessed and privileged to have served so many thousands of families in their time of need. We want to express our thanks to the wonderful people of this community for placing their trust in us. Your loyalty and friendship is greatly appreciated.
September 10, 2011
As we reflect on the events of 10 years ago, may we always remember and cherish the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. No act of terrorism can break the spirit of this great nation. Not now, or ever. Be it Pearl Harbor or the World Trade Center, no one can take that spirit from us. God bless Amerca!
September 1, 2011
The Amos Family Pet Companion Crematory has been serving a large number of pet families since September of 2009. We’re continuing to help families during this difficult time, through veterinarian partner offices and clients who choose to use us over other providers. The family-owned and operated funeral home sets a high standard for care of both human and pet family members. We thank everyone who helped to make the last two years successful.
August 10, 2011
The Shawnee Dispatch pubished a very nice article about our pet crematory in the August 10th edition. Several of our clients were interviewed for the story. We are so grateful to our loyal customers for their kind words.
March 12, 2011
We just returned from the ICCFA convention. We learned many new ways to help serve our client families even better. The Amos Family is always trying to learn new ways to help our families and our community.