STAPLES -- Elmer Adams, age 92, a resident of Staples, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at his home. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Staples with Pastor Barry Klein officiating. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. The relatives will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at the Church of Christ and one hour prior to services on Saturday.
Elmer Adams is survived by his wife, Evelyn; a son, Dale (Susan) Adams of Aldrich; a grandson, Michael; a sister, Hazel Bailey of Randall; a brother, Wilmer (Sandy) Adams of Fridley. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert, Leonard and Melvin, and a sister, Shirley Tesch.
Elmer Adams was born on May 15, 1911, in Esplee Township, Marshall County, Minn., to Milton and Anna (Discher) Adams. He moved with his family to Morgan, Minn. He also lived in Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, then to Fawn Lake Township. He worked in Akron, Ohio, doing dredge work. He entered the U.S. Navy during WW II. He served in the Aleutian Islands then later on the destroyer USS McKee in the South Pacific. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Tyrrell on March 19, 1945, at Rantoul, Ill. Following his honorable discharge, he attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago then worked for Arvig Electric bringing electricity to rural areas of North Dakota. He worked for NP Railroad as a fireman for three years. In 1950, he bought a farm in Bartlett Township and lived there approximately 20 years. After leaving the farm he built several houses with the help of his son, Dale. Elmer enjoyed woodworking, traveling, gardening, fishing, pool and puzzles. He was a member of the Staples Church of Christ, serving on the church board, the Aldrich VFW Post No. 2960 and School District 136 board.
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