November 21, 2013


Amos Asmus, 84, of Carroll, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll, with the Brian Licht officiating.

Casket bearers will be Conrad Kurth, Allen Kurth, Kenny Grimm, Danny Grimm, Russell Bruhn and Willis Bruhn. Honorary casket bearers will be Orrin Bruhn, Susan Lapham, Sarah Anderson, Jolene Erickson, Kevin Grimm and Edward Bruhn. Congregation hymns, with Jan Huff, organist, will be "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less," "Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense" and "I Am But a Stranger Here."

Burial will be at Manning Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Maurice Dunn Post 7.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Ohde Twit Funeral Hone in Carroll with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

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Amos Wilhelm, son of Wilhelm Fredrick and Ella Ida (Ress) Asmus, was born June 27, 1929, in Audubon, Iowa. He graduated in 1947 from Audubon High School and then began farming. Amos served in the U.S. Marines from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he returned to farming in the Audubon area.

On June 12, 1957, Amos married Myra Emelia Willesen at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lincoln Township, Audubon County, Iowa. They continued to farm and raise their eight children. Over the years, Amos was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, St. John Lutheran Church in Audubon, Zion Lutheran Church in Manning and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll. He served faithfully on various committees, boards and appointments as a member of each congregation. Amos dutifully taught Sunday school and Bible class for over 50 years. Amos was a 4-H leader of the Lincoln Producers 4-H Club for 20 years, a member of the Southwest Iowa Farm Business Association and board member of the Audubon Co-op. He was also a member of the American Hereford Association. He was a poultry consultant for the Iowa State Extension Service from 1987-1989.

Amos and Myra retired from farming in 2004 and then moved to Carroll in 2007. Amos enjoyed good health for a number of years after his retirement.

Amos is survived by his wife, Myra E. Asmus of Carroll; six sons, Mark (Michelle) Asmus of Audubon, David (Linda) Asmus of Alden, James (Lori) Asmus of Manilla, Jonathan Asmus of Audubon, Darrin (Roxanne) Asmus of Audubon and Stephen (Sarah) Asmus of Audubon; two daughters, Melissa (Brad) Pedersen of St. Charles, Mo., and Kathryn (David) Hughes of Chesapeake, Va.; 23 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister Pearl Kurth of Carroll; brother-in-law Dennis Grimm of Manning; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding Amos in death are his parents; sisters Alma Asmus and Arlene Bruhn; infant brother; grandson Benjamin Pedersen; father- and mother-in-law Edwin and Elsie Willesen; sister-in-law Sharon Grimm; and brothers-in-law Emil Kurth and George Bruhn.