Passing On: Daniel James Amos, 1988-2014
Thursday, May 01 2014
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Daniel James Amos

Nov. 16, 1988 – April 18, 2014

passing on-daniel james amos.jpgDaniel James Amos, 25 years young, of Big Coulee, S.D. journeyed to the spirit world with his family by his side on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Sanford Hospital-ICU in Fargo, N.D. An all-night wake service was held April 24, at the Big Coulee District Center in Big Coulee, SD. Rev. Enright Bighorn, Sr. officiated and the Big Coulee Choir sang hymns from the church where Daniel was baptized. Funeral services were held on April 25 at 2 p.m. at the Ascension Presbyterian Church in Big Coulee, S.D. Active pallbearers were William Langdeaux, Jr. and Raymond Eagle. Honorary pallbearers are Daniels family and all the staff at his various hospital and treatment stays.

Daniel James Amos was born in Sisseton, S.D. on Nov. 16, 1988 to the late Calvin Amos, Sr. and still-living, Susan Quinn (Amos) both of Sisseton. From that day on, Daniel was always smiling. He had an adventurous boyhood growing up a country boy with his older brothers Kevin and the late Calvin Amos, Jr. by his side. Daniel always had a plan and that plan was to see how tough he was, and he is the toughest young man ever known to his family.

Daniel attended Wilmot Public School from grade school to high school. He was the class clown because he would do or say anything to get you to laugh or smile. Daniel, known as the jokester in his school age years had been diagnosed on Jan. 14, 2002, with osteosarcoma, a rare bone marrow cancer. It has always been remembered as he learned this on the one-year memorial of Calvin Amos, Jr., his oldest brother.

Daniel underwent a year of chemo and radiation therapies. He showed osteosarcoma how strong of a warrior he was and his victory helps save the lives of many children who have the same diagnosis. Dan’s doctors and care team from the University of Minnesota-Fairview, Mayo Clinic and Masonic Cancer Center of Minneapolis, Minn. are forever grateful and respectful for his commitment to the research and cure of such a rare cancer as osteosarcoma. Thankfully, his roller coaster ride with cancer was resolved after the year of chemo and radiation. He was in remission although he has had multiple surgeries including an open heart surgery in November of 2012.

Although Daniel came to know only hospitals, he never once gave up or lost his big, contagious smile. He continued to make friends wherever he went; he still showed his “crazy” sense of humor and always assured a good joke with plenty of room to laugh. Daniel continuously dusted himself off from his medical treatments and moved on the work a variety of jobs including the Dakota Sioux Casino, Big Sioux Nursery Tree Farm, Roofing while in Rapid City, S.D., and helping his stepfather, Daren, renovate houses around the Sisseton area. While working, Daniel attended Alcoholics Anonymous and his aftercare meetings, which were a priority and accomplishment for all the struggles and unforeseen medical events that occurred in this young man’s life.

Daniel found humor in everything even when his world would crumble around him. He would rise above the tribulations with a smile and no regrets. Dan did not believe in holding grudges or anger. He never lost his optimism. As he would say, “go with the flow, gotta stay positive.” His hopefulness and sense of humor is what encouraged all who were around him to look on the bright side.

Daniel was a young man who enjoyed visiting with family, being outdoors in nature, lending a hand to all who needed it and being all around unique in his own way. There truly is no one quite like Daniel. He loved listening to music, writing in his journal, reading and doodling whatever he had on his mind. Daniel was a natural engineer with everything he got his hands on such as fixing lawnmowers, stereos, bikes, anything that can be took apart and fixed or modified, he would do it. He and his brother, Kevin, are the ‘mechanics’ of the family. Daniel was part-time mechanic and part-time chef. He loved to chef it up. He had a passion for fishing. Daniel could be out by the lake for hours.

Daniel is forever in spirit and memory. He was a man of character, intelligence, compassion, respect, courage, humor and integrity. The memories of who Daniel was and how much of an impact he’s made on our lives is what has made his life, a life well-lived and fulfilled. The Lord saw his suffering and struggle to continue going uphill. Our Heavenly Father has freed this son, brother, uncle and cousin of his earthly battles and we can rest assured that he is happy, healthy and always with us in spirit.

Daniel’s spirit lives on by his mother, Susan Quinn (Amos); stepfather, Daren Amos; one brother, Kevin Amos, all of Sisseton; four sisters, Tricia Amos of Big Coulee (Peever), S.D.; Angela Leal (Amos) of Port Lavaca, Texas; Christy Amos; and Lorraine Amos, both of Sisseton. He also lives on through many nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Calvin Amos, Sr.; one brother, Calvin Amos, Jr.; paternal grandmother, Clara Small, all of Big Coulee (Peever); maternal grandfather, Clifford Quinn; paternal aunts, Kim Amos, both of Sisseton, SD and Rochelle Amos of Big Coulee (Peever), SD; maternal uncles, Harlan Amos Jr. of Sisseton and Robert Richotte, Sr. of Sisseton; numerous cousins, Duran Richotte of Sisseton; Melissa Thompson of Fargo, N.D.; David Roberts of Geyser, Mont.; Robert Richotte, Jr. of Sisseton; Chastity Owen-Amos of Watertown, S.D.; and Angelica Aadland of Wilmot, S.D.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

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