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Dr. Maynard Amelon

August 18, 2016
Lake Placid News

Dr. Maynard Amelon, 93, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 5, 2016.

Maynard was born Sept. 7, 1922 in Truman, Minnesota to Lydia Ritz Amelon and John Carl Amelon.

His farming family moved to Missouri and he worked in the fields, harvesting along with his father and siblings.

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Maynard graduated high school in Centralia. He was president of the junior and senior classes. Maynard went to premed at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

His education was interrupted by World War II. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer for three years in India.

He returned to the university and went on to the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. During his four years there, he built and managed the Kirksville trailer court. He was also President of his class. Maynard graduated with the degree of Osteopathic Medicine and then went to Michigan to intern at the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital.

It was there that he met the love of his life, Jessie Ellen Wall RN, a surgical nurse. They married in Winnipeg, Canada on Aug. 29, 1952. They settled in Detroit, then built their dream home on a hillside in Southfield, Michigan.

Next, Maynard established and built the Kinloch Clinic in Redford.

In his almost 50 years of practicing medicine, he always said, "You can be the best doctor in the world but if you're not available, you're not worth a damn!" So he worked Sundays after church and still made house calls. People traveled far and wide to get a back treatment from this devoted doctor. He was a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FACOFP). His wonderful staff fondly remember him as the best boss they ever had.

Maynard retired to Sun City, Palm Desert, California where they soon added many new beloved friends.

In his retirement, he attends Hope Lutheran Church and enjoys meeting friends for coffee after tai chi.

In Michigan, Maynard took on many leadership roles, although he never sought them out. He was president of the Wayne County Osteopathic Physicians. He served on so many committees, one of which was to add fluoride to the Detroit water system. He was president of the Boys Club of Redford. During that year, girls were allowed to join and it became the Boys & Girls Club of Redford. He was a faithful member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Redford and became president of the Church Council. He was on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, serving as president in 1974 -1975. He was very involved, along with his wife Jessie, in starting the Michigan College of Osteopathic Physicians at MSU in Lansing. He served as President of the Foundation for 10 years working diligently to make it world-class.

Upon retiring from the Michigan Osteopathic College board, his five daughters presented him with a gold medallion engraved, "The Greatest Father."

He was co-chairman of the Redford's Bicentennial committee creating much interest statewide due to the raffle of a DeLorean car. The funds were used to dress up Redford's Town Hall by adding tall white pillars to the front, and a grand clock on top.

He was on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Skating. He once entered with four of his skilled daughters in the dancing competition.

The girls competed at a national & international level and all achieved the gold-medal status in the USFSA tests.

He belonged to the Huron River Hunting & Fishing Club and the Detroit Golf Club. Governor Millikan appointed Maynard to the state licensing board. He served with complete honesty and fairness to all.

He volunteered his time and had a free clinic for school children who needed required shots. He didn't turn anyone away.

His patients affectionately called him Doc A. He was an excellent diagnostician. He never forgot his roots of being a farmer in Minnesota and Missouri and would often take his family to visit.

His family of five daughters, three son-in-law's and six grandchildren were the joy of his life. He was proud that daughters Cynthia and Mitzi who followed in his footsteps, becoming Osteopathic

Physicians. Cynthia graduated from Maynard's alma mater, Kirksville and Mitzi from Michigan State, the school he worked so hard to start up. He followed Debbie's professional career Ice Follies, flying to many cities to watch her skate.

He loved watching all five daughters perform together as the Amelon 5 in their many performances in skating shows in Lake Placid, New York, Lansing, Michigan and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Debbie is now a writer / director of movies and a university professor. Kandi is a TV producer of Oprah and Dr. Phil, and now developing her own shows. Peggy Sue is a realtor in Montana and a railroad engineer. All of his daughters graduated from prestigious universities.

Maynard also wrote a book, "Thoughts of a Doctor," 160 pages of memories and pictures.

Maynard and Jessie loved to travel far and wide, enjoying their time together for 64 happy years. Maynard was loved by all who were fortunate to know him. He will be remembered for his unending service to others, his generosity, his great sense of humor and his incredible loving spirit. He lived by his favorite saying, the Golden Rule, "Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You." He wanted to be best remembered for being a loving husband, father, grandfather, honest and fair, and a hard worker.

Maynard is survived by his wife Jessie, his daughters

Cynthia, Deborah, Peggy Sue, Mitzi, and Kandi, sons-in-law Robert, Chris, and John, grandchildren Addison, Walker, Shannon, Devon, Lindsey and Luke, granddaughter-in-law Gabrielle, niece Sharon, nephews Rick, Joe, Warren, Stan and Ralph, cousins Florence, Lorraine, Eleanor, Dorothy, Janice and Elaine.

Maynard was a loving and devoted brother. He had three brothers, Rowland (Betty), Lawrence and Donald (Rhonda), and a sister Ruth (John). They all preceded him in death along with his beloved nephew John Cadwell and niece Adrienne Ptacek, his parents Lydia and Carl Amelon and Jessie's parents Nellie and Clifton.

A celebration of life service will be held at noon at Forest Lawn Cathedral City on Sept. 10 with a reception to follow. Pastor Derek Fossey will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michigan State Osteopathic College Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Messages of condolences may be posted at



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