John W. Adams

August 04, 1936 - January 22, 2009

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John W. Adams, 72, of Kendallville died at 10:13 a.m. Thursday, January 22, 2009, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. He had been in failing health for two weeks.

Mr. Adams graduated from Angola High School in 1955, and from Outboard Marine Corporation Service School in Waukegan, Illinois in 1957. He worked as an outboard motor mechanic at Sylvan Lake Marine in Rome City from 1966 until 1969, then again from 1971 to 1978. He was employed by Armstrong's Marina in Coolidge, Arizona from 1978 until 1984 and ran a freelance photography studio with his wife during that period. He returned to Indiana in 1985, and was employed by Clark's Landing Marina in Hamilton until his retirement in 1994. He enjoyed photography, model railroading, classic cars and vintage aircraft.

He was born August 4, 1936, in Kendallville to Wallace and Jean (Strater) Adams. His father preceded him in death in 1971 and his mother in 1995. On June 15, 1958, in Angola, he married Shirley Henley. She preceded him in death July 11, 1999.

He is survived by a lady friend, Esther Harp of Kendallville; a son, John W. Adams, Jr. of Kendallville; a former daughter-in-law, Nancy Adams of Ligonier; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Sarah Adams of Kendallville; two grandchildren, Jennifer G. Adams of Ligonier and John W. Adams, III of Ligonier; a step granddaughter, Jessica Bates of Kendallville; and three great grandsons, Corey Hernandez, Juan Hernandez and Jorge Moran, all of Ligonier.

There will be no services or calling.

Arrangements are by Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville. In lieu of flowers preferred memorials are to Trinity Church United Methodist, Corner of State and Rush Streets, Kendallville.

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John Kessen
January 25th, 2009 7:48pm

John & Jim we were very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. We always thought a lot of him. I always enjoyed talking about boats & motors with him and we both enjoyed discussing trains. He always had interesting things to tell me. Your dad always let me know how the two of you were doing.

Margaret Johnson
January 24th, 2009 3:13pm
Kendallville, IN

I'm sorry Esther. I know you'll miss him. He was a good friend of yours. Call on me if you need me.

Ward Wildman
January 23rd, 2009 9:51pm

The Rittal family extends condolensces to Jim and the entire Adams family for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Regards, Ward

John W Adams
January 23rd, 2009 9:33pm

Jim and Sarah, You have my sympathy and prayers during the loss of your father. You have your memories forever, always keep them in your heart. Sincerely, Dennis Prater

Bryan Johnson
January 23rd, 2009 9:28pm

Jim, He and you mom are having quite the reunion. Sorry for your loss.

John W.Adams
January 23rd, 2009 9:21pm

Jim & Sara I'm so sorry to hear about your father. But he is in a better place.I will be praying for you. Take care, Penney Gaskill