Passing On: Daniel James Amos, 1988-2014



James Amos

Nov. 16,

1988 – April 18, 2014

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family.

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