Alexander “Al” Ryan Amber

Beloved son of Benjamin L. & Rachael D. Amber and beloved brother of Troy L. (Carole) Amber & Jacob E. Amber, passed way June 6, 2012, at the age of 26. Al was born April 30, 1986, in Lansing, Michigan.

As an accomplished world traveler, Al was passionate about healing the world and was looking forward to an advanced degree and career in peace education and sustainability. Al taught English to students at Assumption University of Thailand until December, 2011 and received his Gran Diplome De Cuisine/Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu (Paris) culinary school in 2009. He graduated from DePaul University in 2008 and East Lansing High School in 2004.

Al loved music and in his spare time taught himself to play classical piano, with a particular passion for Chopin. Al was a caring brother, son, uncle and a dear friend to many. He was kind, generous and reserved. He will be missed by more people than he could imagine.

We love you Al, we’ll miss you forever and hope you’ve found Peace.

Funeral services for Alexander Ryan Amber will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel (325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing). Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery (1709 E. Mount Hope Ave, Lansing). After the burial service, the Amber family welcomes family and friends to their home until 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions (in lieu of flowers) may be made to OXFAM America (to help end world hunger).

All contributions should be made In Memory of Alexander Ryan Amber via:

INTERNET – Visit – Hover over “Donate” in the top right corner. While hovering, select “Make a Tribute Gift” from the drop down selections and then follow the instructions.

PHONE – 800.776.9326.

POST – Oxfam America, 226 Causeway St., 5th floor, Boston, MA 02114.

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Liz Bennett
June 8, 2012 at 7:22 am

Dear Rachel, Ben, Troy, Carole and Jake,
We were so sorry to hear about Al. Our hearts go out to you at this horrible time.
Liz and Barry Bennett

Bob and Judy Steele
June 8, 2012 at 8:15 am

Dear Rachel and Ben
We are so sorry. I remember you both talking about giving your son this beautiful name and one day he announced that he wanted to be known as “Al” and Al he was. We are thinking about you both and your family.
Bob and Judy Steele

MAc and Shelly Reynolds
June 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

Rachel and Ben,

I can not imagine the loss you are going through right now. Please know you are in our hearts!

Shelly and Mac

Robin and Mick Groszko
June 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

We are so sorry and sadden by your loss. Al was a great friend to Greg and there are so many beautiful and fun memories. We are sending hugs and you will be in our thoughts.
Fondly, Robin and Mick Groszko

Paul and Bonnie Davis
June 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

Dear Rachel and Ben,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We remember many happy times with you–cub scouts, and birthday parties–times at the school. We are in Colorado and can’t be with you. Words are not adequate to heal your loss. Know you are not alone in your grief. Even though time and space have taken us far from the happy times we shared with you and your family in East Lansing those times are in our hearts and minds. May you find strength to continue on and may you find peace in the days ahead.

Suzanne and Marty Tuck
June 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

Dear Rachel and Ben

You are in our thoughts.

Betsy Stover
June 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

Oh my dear Rachael and Ben,
Please know my heart is saddened beyond words at the news of Alex’s death. His face and sweet nature as a friend to so many will remain stored in my memory bank. I am so very sorry. I hope you accept and feel the love and support of family and friends who are here for you.

Pat and Wendell Simmons
June 8, 2012 at 11:07 am

Dear Ben and Rachel,

We remember Al as a fun-loving, beautiful child who was always full of life. It is so hard to believe that he has passed away. We are so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pat and Wendell Simmons

Don Fedewa
June 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

Dear Ben and Racheal,
Please accept our condolences on the death of your dear son Al. On behalf of all the Fedewa Brothers; Bill, Don, Dick, Stan, Bob and Ben we wish to express our sorrow.
You spoke frequently and lovingly about Al as we traveled about the State. It would be difficult to know how much you will miss him. We can take hope in knowing that one day you will be reuinted with him. But in meantime trust that all will finallly be well. If there is anything we can do please call. Don.

Edie Robinson
June 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

We are with you in thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy. Edie and Al.

Michael Sarver
June 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Ben and Rachel,

I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy is with you and your loved ones.

Sandra Wojcik
June 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to the Amber family. May God grant you peace.

Chuck Bengtsson
June 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I love you all so much. I’m so sorry and so sad. I just do’nt have the words.

Cindy and Steven Hughey
June 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kelly Caltrider & Ron Holakovsky
June 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Ben, Rachael,

Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Al’s passing.

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

Laurie and Mark Blinder
June 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

Dear Rachael, and Ben,

I just talked to my brother and heard. We are so sorry for your loss. I know that what ever little comfort you may get, you will get from your great family and friends. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Morse Swinton Family
June 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

We are so very sad to hear the news of losing Al. Our family sends our deepest condolences to yours. Our village is grieving and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Darrell and Sharon Kadelsik
June 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Dear Ben and Rachael, We are very saddened to hear about the loss of your son, Alex. We knew him only as Alex and remember him at his bar mitzvah. It sounds like he accomplished much in his very short life. Both of you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

Marilyn Thompson
June 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Dear Rachel and Ben,

I am sending love and warm energy to hold you and your family through this most difficult of times. I am so very sorry for your incredible loss.

Rafael Frank
June 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Dear Ben and Rachael,
I was sorry to hear of your loss. Can’t think of anything much more tragic than the loss of one’s child. Wish I could be more helpful.
Your friend,

Kari Naghtin
June 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Dear Ben, Rachael, Troy, and Jacob, Was so greatly saddened to hear of your loss on Friday evening when I read the paper. I vividly remember Al and Jacob as elementary students at Glencairn, and remember you as a wonderful Glencairn family. My thoughts and prayers are with you now, and I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers in the weeks to come.
Sincerely, Kari Naghtin

Mike Rother
June 10, 2012 at 8:04 am

I can hear Alex’s voice in my mind right now, in our living room in Grand Ledge. He’s embedded in my mind. He’s in my father’s mind, with whom he spent so much time and made so happy. I think Alex is here in us.

Steve Powell
June 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

Dear Ben, Rachael, Troy, and Jacob, My thoughts are with you during this most difficult time. I am very thankful to have been touched by his life. Love to you all, Steve

Bob & Julie Horn Alexander
June 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

Dear Rachael, Ben and Troy, we send to you our love, supporr and caring thoughts. / ~bob and julie

June 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Your family has my condolences in this sad time. May you find comfort in our promise for Alex at Isaiah 25:8.

Rob and Liad Pearlman
June 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Dear Rachel, Ben, Troy, Carole, and Jake,

We are so very sorry for your horrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. I will always have very fond memories of my little cousin, Alex.

Shawn Reynolds-Juarez
June 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Amber family during this very difficult time. We are happy to have known Al as young child and later as an amazing young adult. Words can’t express the sorrow that we feel with Al’s passing. We love you all! Al, Shawn, Alec, and Brendan

Joanne (Bowerman) Lose
June 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

Rachel & Ben,
I was so very saddened to hear of Al’s passing… one more child from the old Glencairn neighborhood is gone. I remember Al as a bright, sweet and adorable child. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Debra, Fred, Gabe, Jeremy and David Margolis
June 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Dear Rachel, Ben, Troy, Carole, and Jake,

We are heartbroken and very sad to hear of the loss of our wonderful cousin Al. Our hearts go out to you and we are thinking of you always. Words can not express how much sorrow we feel. With all of our love to you.

Bette and Vic Peirce
June 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Dear Rachel and Ben,
There are not sufficient words to express our sadness in your family’s loss of Al. He was truly one of the great young men in this world. His love for his family and dedication to caring for others will be remembered always.
The pride you had for him could be heard in your voices last summer as you described his work in Thailand. You have raised a fine, fine family.
Our hearts go out to you now, and we will keep you in our prayers.

Jan and Larry Rosen
June 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Dear Rachel and Ben,
We were so very saddened to hear about Al’s passing. OUr thoughts are with you, and we hope that you can find some peace in knowing what a fine young man Al was and how much he was loved by his friends and family.

Doug Goldberg
June 16, 2012 at 8:17 am

Hello Rachel & Ben, I just saw it in the jewish news last night. My deepest sympathy to you. I can realate with that i lost my brother at age 27 Ben & my brother Marshall Goldberg were friends &we all went to Temple Israel together. Again my deepest sympathy & to Bens sisters also i know one name for sure is Rhonda(i think) please give a call i would like to say hi. 248 7737306 Doug my email is

Carol Ellstein
June 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Dear Ben and Rachel – I just heard about Al’s death. No words are sufficient, so just know that my heart goes out to all of you.


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