John Melvin Adams, 91, of Leavenworth, passed away, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the Twin Oaks Rehabilitation and Long Term Care Facility. He was born on April 18, 1922, in Jackson, Mo., the son of Archie and Elsie (Moore) Adams.
He graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1941 and moved to San Diego, Calif. After working a few jobs in California John enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943, where he served as an Aviation Supply Specialist assigned to the USS Steamer Bay. He saw action in Palau, the Liberation of the Philippines, Leyte Gulf, the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles in the Pacific Theater. He continued his service in the United States Navy Reserve in the personnel field, retiring in 1978 as a Chief Petty Officer. John Adams worked for the United States Army as a Department of the Army Civilian in the Aviation and Logistics field. He served in the Saint Louis area with assignments in Michigan, Italy, and Saudi Arabia. In October, 2012, John culminated his United States Navy experience by participating in the WWII Honor Tour in Washington, D.C. John, with his brother Donald Adams, who served in the United States Merchant Marines Atlantic Theater, participated in the Honor Tour sponsored by the Poplar Bluff American Legion Post hosted by Rob and Deb Callahan. He talked about this trip for months and enjoyed sharing his photo book with family and friends.
John was a man of deep Christian faith and enjoyed Cardinals baseball, eating good food, drinking a cold beer, listening to country music, watching Judge Joe Brown, playing cards, going to antique car shows, Duke basketball and spending time with family.
John was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Woodrow, Harold and Rusby; his oldest son, Michael Lynn Adams, Sr.; a grandson, Justin Lee Adams; and many friends.
He is survived by two daughters, Christine (Mike) Shanahan of Cross Plains, Wis. and Tamara (Michael) Sevcik of Leavenworth, Kan.; a son, Brian (Ruth) Adams, of O’Fallon, Mo.; his grandchildren, Michael Lynn, Jr., Robynn (Mike) Fosen, Joyce (Shannon) Adams, Lindsay (Brian) Rule, Eli (Terry) Logan, John (Shannon) Shanahan, David Shanahan, Jacob (Kristin) Adams, Travis (Sarah) Adams, Matthew (Katherine) Sevcik and Molly Jo Sevcik; great-grandchildren, Erik Fosen, Scott Fosen, Beckett Adams, Kaplan Adams, McKenna Adams, Nova Rule, Kaitlyn Rule, Finley Logan, Ryland Logan, Lucy Mae Shanahan, Jackson Adams, Chloe Adams; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and his dear friend, Bill Risso of Massachusetts.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at 12:30 at Leavenworth National Cemetery. The services will be officiated by Pastor Vernon Welkner of High Prairie Church. Donations in memory of John may be made to High Prairie Church, Leavenworth, Kansas or the Lansing Kansas American Legion Post 411.
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