November 20, 2005: Headlines: COS - Zambia: Obituaries: Argus Leader: Friends in Dell Rapids remember Wyatt Ammon

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Friends in Dell Rapids remember Wyatt Ammon

Friends in Dell Rapids remember Wyatt Ammon

Dell Rapids native Wyatt Ammon didn't measure success in the way others might. "I don't want to work for money or prestige," he wrote in a recent statement of his aspirations. "I want to work for change and satisfaction."

Friends in Dell Rapids remember Wyatt Ammon

Dells native dies in Zambia

Saw Peace Corps as a way to help


Article Published: 11/20/05, 2:55 am
Dell Rapids native Wyatt Ammon didn't measure success in the way others might.

"I don't want to work for money or prestige," he wrote in a recent statement of his aspirations. "I want to work for change and satisfaction."

He was preparing to do just that as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia when his life was cut short.

Ammon, 24, died Thursday from injuries he sustained in a fall.

"I'm sure he just wanted to do something good," said Dennis Daugaard, a family friend of the Ammons, talking about what might have attracted Ammon to the Peace Corps. "He didn't always take the conventional path."

Ammon had just completed a training program he began in September to learn the Zambian language and culture. He was selected by his peers to speak at a swearing-in ceremony and deliver remarks to the delegation of Zambian officials in their language.

Daugaard said he planned to help develop fish farms in Zambia.

George Henry, Ammon's guidance counselor at Dell Rapids High School, remembers the 2000 graduate as an accomplished, popular student.

"He was in National Honor Society, homecoming king, student body president, and was good in football. He also played basketball," he said.

Despite his popularity and involvement, Henry said Ammon was individualistic. "He was a very unique person. He did not always go in the direction everyone else did."

Henry hadn't spoken to Ammon about his plans to join the Peace Corps, but he said it doesn't surprise him that he chose that path. "He talked about serving. He was always talking about doing things for people," he said.

That commitment to helping others came from the way he was raised and the service that his entire family does.

Ammon is the son of Greg and Jeannie Ammon and is survived by three sisters. He graduated in 2004 from Hamline University in St. Paul.

Reach reporter Corrine Olson at 331-2311.

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