Wife of Ames Construction Exec Dies at 71

Karen L. Ames died on Nov. 26, surrounded by family.

Karen L. Ames, of Burnsville, died on Nov. 26, 2012 at the age of 71. 

Ames was born to Edward and Inez Melby on March 15, 1941. In life, she was known as a "beloved wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma and sister.

Ames is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, John and Donald.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Raymond "Butch" Ames; her two children, Dale (Carmen) and Sonja (Troy) Savage; her eight grandchildren, Ashley, Nick, Jesse and Brooke Ames and Mason, Maddie, Mariah and Matt Savage; her one great-grandchild, Gabriel Ames; her sister Karol (Bob) Paulus; sister-in-law, Sandy Melby; many nieces and nephews, and other family members and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the White Funeral Home in Lakeville and one hour prior to service on Friday at church. Memorials preferred to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital and Fairview Hospice.


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