Joseph Vernon Amburgey

June 23, 1946 - October 8, 2020

Joseph Vernon Amburgey, 74, a resident of Lee County, FL for more than 20 years, formerly of Virginia, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020 in Cape Coral. He was born June 23, 1946 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to Carl Veron Amburgey and Doris Anne (Hossler) Amburgey, now deceased.

Joseph was a veteran of the United States Airforce. He was a Jack of all trades……He worked most of his life in sales and was very successful at Investments such as real-estate, precious metals and various other ventures.  He was a pilot and owned his own plane. He and Steve Arnold would fly together.  In his spare time, he volunteered to rescue cats and immunize for feline leukemia.  “Dad you had a heart of Gold. You are Forever in our hearts and truly missed”.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Tammy Tinch & her husband Ken Tinch of Dowagiac, MI; four siblings, Martha Sue Miklik “Susie”, Esther Hope Johnson “Ricki”, David Karl Amburgey, and Paul Amburgey; grandchildren, Nicholas Sobczak and Marrisha Weber; great grandchildren, Lacey Weber, Mason Weber, and Oaklyn Weber; first wife and long term friend Betty Louise (Green) Arnold, as well as best friends, Tom Taber, Paul Swartz, Gaylord, Scott, and 2 beloved cats Boca and Nickie.

Boca & Nickie have found a new forever home with Aunt “Ricki” Ester Hope Johnson in Goshen Indiana. Ricki was very passionate about ensuring their safety and flew to Cape Coral, returning with both to Goshen with the help of Aunt “Susie” Martha Sue Miklik who made it possible for them to fly home.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Joseph Vernon Amburgey are suggested to Cape Coral Animal Shelter, 325 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral, FL 33991 (239) 573-2002 or

(A non-profit, no kill animal shelter in Lee County, Florida)

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Gaylord & Trish Yates Oct 20, 2020 at 10:42 am

    We met Joe 10 years ago when we moved in across the street from him. He offered the use of any of his tools and helped with some painting. Through the years, we often went out for breakfast with his other good friend, Derrick and occasionally, neighbor Diane. Joe was quick to offer help and his opinion! He loved to argue about politics and how to make the community better and ways to make his “genius invention” work. Although he could be gruff on the outside, he had a compassionate and sharing spirit. How he loved those cats! He probably took better care of them than he did of himself! Joe Amburgey was a good friend and neighbor that we’ll never forget.

  2. Tammy Tinch Oct 22, 2020 at 6:07 am

    Dad, Nicholas & myself in 1992

  3. Tammy Tinch Oct 22, 2020 at 6:18 am

    Dad & Grandma September 1994

  4. Tammy Tinch Oct 22, 2020 at 6:21 am

    The Amburgey Kids September 1994

  5. Jennifer McKenzie Oct 22, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Love you Tammy. This is a lovely tribute to Uncle Joe. I am in continued prayer for you, your family and his siblings. God bless.

  6. Shawn Ravenscroft Oct 30, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Very sad Uncle Joe passed. I was living just a few hours away from him but couldn’t visit him because he was strict about Covid precautions. Which I understand. I was able to visit him several years ago on Christmas Eve when he lived in Fort Myers.. He was very hospitable and welcoming. The house was beautifully decorated with Christmas sentiments. And we talked for a good while. He invited me to stay longer to share dinner with him and his sweet wife but I had plans to visit my grandma just over the bridge…so I declined politely. I wish I had stayed longer to share a meal with him. It seems, looking back, Its easier to harbor the regrets we have when someone we loves passes. But, instead, I’m going to focus on the good memories and times. As a child I remember Uncle Joe coming and going from my grandma Doris house in Indiana. O how he !oved his mom, my dear Grandma Doris. And she loved him so deeply and prayed for him all her life. I think she was sad her many children lived in so many different places across the country. Phone calls aren’t as good as face to face quality time…but she was a resilient soul. And im sure she understand they needed to forge their own lives and families…even if it meant a distance of many states away. She loved all of her children equally and profoundly. I believe Joe was there when Alan Taber accidentally cut his eyebrow with a chain saw. Uncle Joe, if I remember correctly, was key in responding quickly to help Alan get medical attention. Saving him from further danger. The Word of God say’s “…now these three remain: faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is Love.” Joe loved others and was greatly loved. We shall remember him, my uncle, in that light. I do wish I had spent more time with him on earth but you can’t change the past. I loved him and love him still. Also, something kind of funny, I would call my Aunt Ricky from time to time to talk on the phone… And a handful of times she would polite!y cut the conversation short because Joe was calling from another line….(or I would call when he was already on the other… But with love…its sweetest when its shared. God loves you dear Uncle and we do too (your family)! Missing you. All the heartfelt thoughts, prayers and love going out to Tammy and others who were closest to him. Sincerely, nephew Shawn.
    2 Corinthians 1:3-5
    English Standard Version
    God of All Comfort.
    3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

  7. Tammy Tinch Oct 30, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Gaylord you were a good friend to dad. I know he looked forward to his conversations, luncheons, & breakfast meetings with you. I especially like how you and Derek referred to him as sleepy Joe. He loved to poke fun and
    and talk about his endeavor with Florida power and light or politics. You check on him frequently. You were someone he trusted and cherished. He was very fortunate to have such a wonderful friend.

  8. Tammy Tinch Oct 30, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you Jennifer. Love you & appreciate you.

  9. Tammy Tinch Nov 12, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Shawn that was beautiful. He did love grandma ( who didn’t she was such a wonderful soul). Dad had a huge heart. He loved you too Shawn, you gave him just as many good memories.

  10. Tammy Tinch Nov 17, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Grandma Amburgey and my son Nicholas

  11. Tammy Tinch Nov 17, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Dad and I on one of my visits to see him.

  12. Tammy Tinch Nov 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Grandma Amburgey & I on the same visit to dad..

  13. Tammy Tinch Nov 19, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Dad loved his cats!

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