Joan Kathleen Amos

January 11, 1943 ~ October 15, 2019 (age 76)


Joan Kathleen (Vairo) Amos, 76, passed peacefully on October 15, 2019 at the Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Joan was born on January 11, 1943 in Iowa City to Pete and Wilma (McFarland) Vairo. Joan had 11 brothers and sisters.


On December 29, 1962, she was united in marriage to John Lester Amos in Princeton, Missouri. John and Joan Amos lived in Chariton, IA the majority of her life. To this union were born seven children, Tony Amos of Lucas, IA, Sheri Cunningham of Pella IA, Angie Amos of Chariton, Karen (Dave) Neumann of Granville, OH, Willy (Cindy) Amos of Mt. Pleasant, IA, Misty (Bob Brinstad) Roach of Chariton and Casey Amos of Newton, IA. Twenty-five grandchildren Tony Amos II, Lynn Maria, Christopher (Abby), Allison (TJ), Olivia Kathleen,  Britny (Ryan), Hailey (Corey), Elizabeth, Anders, Kara, Faith, Dustin, Rylee, Carter, Bailey, Garret, Taylor, Brooks, Mercedes, Noah, Madi, Brennan, Amiya and Thirteen great grandchildren, Blaze, Axel, and Liam, Mallory, Madison, Jared, Tyson, Chelsea, Bella, Morgan, Charlotte, Avery, Emmet, Ericka, Kylee.


Joan was a member of the Chariton City Council for 8 years. Over the span of 27 years she held numerous positions and offices for the Lucas County Democrats. She and her husband John owned the Lucas Tap and Grill for 12 years. They closed that business and then owned and operated the Amos Redemption Center in Chariton for 18 years. While her daughters worked she took care of many of her grandchildren who loved her dearly. Any time there were people in need of help with fundraisers, dinner parties, receptions, and any other festivities Joan was always there to help. Joan and her husband John have cooked lunches for Curran & McDunn Auction house for several years. John often knew his beautiful wife would be leaving with many “treasures.” So John would have to go home to unload lunch items and then go back and pick-up her purchases.


Joan was a cub scout leader, girls softball coach, a great pool player who seldom lost a game and has several trophies of her accomplishments. Joan also had a love of karate and belly dancing.


Joan had a wonderful zest for life. All of those who knew her were made to feel very special. She never missed an opportunity to help, chat, love, advise, or visit with anybody that needed her. Joan took great pride in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She would always make every one of those she loved feel like they were her “favorite.” Whether she was able to see them in person or listen to them tell her about their adventures she always cheered them on and supported everything they did and made sure that they all knew to follow their dreams.


John and Joan had a very special relationship. Their love for each other was timeless. Wherever you saw Joan her loving spouse John was right beside her. They meant the world to each other and would support each other in whatever life offered.  


Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Wilma Vairo; 1 sister, Jayne; 5 brothers, Wayne, Jimmy, Donald, Pete, and Gari.


Joan is survived by her husband John, all of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; sisters Margeurite (Mike) Claflin, Joey Farrell, Cindy (Gerald) Briggs,

Merrijo (Earl) Ellis, and Geri (Bud) Prothero; and many extended family members and friends. Memorials may be directed to the family.


Services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Fielding Funderal Home in Chariton, Iowa with Pastor Dave Hobbs officiating. Visitation is from 5:00-8:00 pm, Friday, October 18 at the funeral home. Interment was held in the Chariton Cemetery with lunch following at the Williamson Community Center. On line condolences may be left at


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October 18, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fielding Funeral Home
227 S Grand
Chariton , Iowa 50049

Funeral Service
October 19, 2019

11:00 AM
Fielding Funeral Home
227 S Grand
Chariton , Iowa 50049

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