Commander of Johnson Air Field. Following the war, he returned to the states to serve in the Policy and Plans Division in the Pentagon. It was there that he met and married his lovely wife, Jane. Following his Pentagon duty, he graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College and then served for two years in Ankara, with the Joint Military Mission Aid to Turkey. There he was responsible for establishing Turkey’s air defenses against Russia, a key component of the Marshall Plan. Col. Ames completed his illustrious military career as the Senior Air Advisor to the 101st Air Defense Wing, Maine National Air Guard, at Bangor. His many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star for Heroism; Legion of Merit, the British Oak Leaf Emblem, European, Middle East and Pacific Campaign Medals; Army of Occupation of Japan and the World War II Victory Medal. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Col. Ames earned his stockbroker’s license and worked with Means Investment Co. of Bangor, and enjoyed his avocation of farming. He later settled in Northport, and devoted his energies to home renovation, “flying” his fleet of tractors, and guiding his five children through college, two of whom graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is survived by two daughters; three sons and 10 grandchildren, Richard Austin Ames Jr. of Santa Ana, Calif., Marilyn and Sean Hardies and children, Anna, 19, Laura, 17, Sean, 12, and John, 8, of Amsterdam, N.Y., Dr. Dawn and Dr. Neal DeVos of Aptos, Calif., Jeffrey and Julie Ames and children, Maria, 7, Christina, 5, and Anna, 2, of Valrico, Fla., and Randal and Mary Ames and children, Katherine, 13, Sarah, 12, and Colleen, 9, of Elizabethtown, Ky. For his family, Col. Ames was a model of intelligence, integrity, energy, and kindness. A memorial service will take place 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2003 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 81 Court St., Belfast. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall of the church. There will be no visitation. Interment with full military honors will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., in the spring. Arrangements are under the care of the Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.