Jack was born August 12, 1942 in Culver City, California to Jake and Helen Amen. The family moved back to northeastern Colorado in 1945. They farmed near Merino and Iliff before finally settling near Sterling, Colorado. Jack graduated from Sterling High School and then attended Northeastern Junior College to play basketball. He then married Karen Bollig on August 31, 1962 and they moved to Nebraska for him to continue his education at Chadron State College. After graduating in 1964, Jack began working for State Farm Insurance and the family moved to Greeley, Colorado. In July of 1967 they moved to Casper. In 1992 Jack began working at Greiner Ford. He retired from being a sales consultant in 2009.
He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and a Lifetime Elks member. He loved to hunt, fish, ski, boat at the lake, and watch his kids and grandkids play sports and dance. He could always be found on the sidelines cheering and critiquing very loudly. He loved to watch any kind of sport on television, and especially loved to cheer for Wyoming Cowboys and Denver Broncos.
He is survived by Karen and four children: Rick (Kim), Kelly Umbach (Stacey), Randy (Coty) and Kacey Porter (Levi) as well as seven grandchildren: Corey, Heather Salter (Jacob), Hayden Umbach, and Kinley, Kamden, Kylen, and Kallan Porter and one great grandson Mason Amen, several step grandchildren and step great grand children. He is also survived by one sister, Dona Holmes (Jim), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family was very important to Jack. He was a faithful husband for 57 years. He was a great example for his family and it is evident in the way they live their lives today.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen, his father, Jake, brother, Richard, and grandson, Shawn.
There will be a private family rosary on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 pm. We invite you to join us in prayer from the safety of your own home at this time.
A private family funeral will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Friday, November 20 at 10:30 am. A recording of the service will be on the Newcomer website.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s name may be made to Ronald McDonald House, online at rmhc-Denver.org or to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 1300 E. 21st Avenue, Denver Colorado, 80205.