Jay Donald “Coach A” Ammerman 60, of Oldsmar, Florida and formerly of New Castle, Indiana won his final contest and went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday February 11, 2021. Jay was born on January 8, 1961 in New Castle, Indiana to Ronald Lee & the late Laurabel (Hagerman) Ammerman.
Jay was a 1979 graduate of Tri High School where he excelled in athletics playing basketball, baseball, tennis and football lettering in all of them. He married the love of his life Sandy (Denney) Ammerman “Mrs. A” on December 31, 1984 and Sandy said she loved him so much she married him 3 times with renewing their vows. Sandy was the apple of his eye and they were inseparable. Jay spent most of his adult life pouring into student athletes while coaching at various places including New Castle, Warren Central, New Palestine, Greenfield, Tampa Bay Christian Academy, Warner University and Cambridge Christian. He founded and coached the traveling youth AAU program Indiana Gold. Jay was the Varsity baseball coach for the Mt. Vernon Marauders and Morristown Yellow Jackets for 1 season. He assisted Rick Brewer in winning a Sectional Title at New Castle and later reunited in Florida at Warner Southern University where he also served as the Head Women’s Tennis Coach. Through all of this he made sure he always coached his son’s Jaysun and Jaycob. He always wanted to be a part of everything they did. He was a part of every team Jaycob played for from the age of 4 until his senior year of high school where they won a sectional title together during Jaycob’s Jr. season. He never missed a game of either of his boys and was always the biggest fan of where they were. He played for the Indianapolis Arrows (MSBL) and hit a home run at Victory Field on Sandy’s birthday. Jay was a life-long diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and never missed a game in 36 years. He stepped out of a wedding and missed the bride entering so he could see the start of the game. He loved watching his son, Jaysun’s, “Tampa Jay” YouTube videos. He enjoyed watching Jay’s videos and would send the links to all his friends to see. He loved watching his son, Jaycob, and the UCF Knights basketball team and never missed watching a game. He even traveled to New York City for the NIT Final Four and the NCAA games against VCU and Duke. He loved entertaining people from Indiana down at their place in Oldsmar. Everyone signed his “special” basketball he had signifying their time there with him and he cherished all the names on this ball.
Jay founded and owned Ammerman Fence Tech with his father Ronnie. He also owned and operated under 21 clubs and youth hangouts in New Castle called the Detour & The Alternative.
Jay’s greatest accomplishment in life, other than his beautiful wife and sons, was his walk with his personal savior Jesus Christ. Jay had such an excitement about the Lord and being an example of Christ. His daily “Glimpse of Heaven” messages are something that people world-wide read daily and took inspiration from the words he ministered. Jay was one that if he told you he would pray; you knew he was going to pray for you right then. It was 21 years ago that Jay said he got a glimpse of heaven when he suffered a heart attack but today, he is enjoying all the beauty of his heavenly home. One of the last posts Jay put on Facebook said, “We can trust the next chapter in life because we know the Author”.
Left to cherish Jay’s memory is his wife Sandy (Denney) Ammerman, sons; Jaysun Lee Ammerman & Jaycob Donald (Merika) Ammerman: father, Ronnie Ammerman; brother Rob Ammerman and sister Lana Jo Ammerman-White; mother and father-in-law, Margie & Orville Denney, sister’s-in-law Sharon (Rick) Herbert, Sheila (Chuck) Brown and Shirley (Scott) Reece and brothers-in-law Scott (Leeann) Denney, Steven “Bub” Denney as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday February 19, 2021 at South Memorial Drive Church of God, 3800 S Memorial Dr, New Castle, IN 47362. A Celebration of Jay’s life will take place on Saturday February 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm at the church with burial to follow at Rich Square Church Cemetery 5685 S County Rd 250 E, Straughn, IN 47387.
Memorial contributions can be made to Sandy Ammerman to keep the Glimpse of Heaven Ministry going.
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