|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1920|
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 2010|
William "Bill" Frank Adams, Jr. was born Feb. 6, 1920, in rural Clay County, KS, the son of W.F. and Rachel Hohman Adams. He died Dec. 23, 2010 at the Presbyterian Manor in Clay Center, Kansas.
Bill and his parents moved to Clay Center when he was five years old. He attended McKinley Grade School and graduated from Clay County Community High School with honors in 1938. While in high school, Bill worked for Walter Glidden, who owned the Cedar Court Motel and Conoco gas station. He also assisted his father building roads in Clay and Riley County. Following high school graduation Bill attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia until he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in February of 1942. He served his country until May, 1946, when he was discharged with the rank of lieutenant. While in college, Bill worked for the police department in Emporia and the local radio station. The radio work continued throughout the years as he voiced commercials for several businesses.
After his military service, Bill returned to Emporia where he completed his education, graduating in 1948 with a degree in education. He was an active member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. He taught English and Journalism at Topeka High School from 1948 to 1952. During that time he also did graduate work at the University of Denver in the School of Business Administration.
Bill was married June 10, 1950 to Jeanette Singleton. She preceded him in death in November of 2000. In 1953 Bill entered the life insurance business where he achieved agency vice president of the Victory Life Insurance Company in 1969. He joined the Standard Life and Accident Insurance Company in 1977 and was named Vice President, Director of Marketing. That position found Bill and Jeanette enjoying many trips as he planned conventions for the company in various locations in the United States and abroad.
After retirement in 1985, Bill and Jeanette moved to Bella Vista, AR. While there he was involved with the local television station and served as spokesperson for Arvest Trust, traveling locally to give speeches for the company. Following Jeanette's death in 2000, Bill moved to Leonardville's Beninga Acres to be closer to family. He had been a member of the Clay Center Country Club, the Leonardville Senior Citizens and the Wednesday morning coffee group at the Riley Presbyterian Church. He was a life member of the Orient Lodge #51 A.F.and A.M. and the Scottish Rite Bodies of Topeka, Kansas. Bill moved to Clay Center in 2006, residing at Country Place Senior Living and then Presbyterian Manor.
In addition to his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother Herbert and two sisters, Georgia, who died in infancy, and Louella VanSickle. He is survived by his nephew, Wayne VanSickle and wife Romelle of Riley, KS, and their family, cousins and many friends.
In accordance to his wishes, Bill was cremated. A private inurnment service at Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center, will be held at a later time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Manor or Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, in care of Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home, 918 Seventh, Clay Center, KS 67432.
Source: Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home
William Frank Adams (1875 - 1947)
Rachel Hohman Adams (1876 - 1947)
Jeanette Singleton Adams (1919 - 2000)*
Herbert G. Adams (1897 - 1918)*
Georgia M. Adams (1915 - 1916)*
William Frank Adams (1920 - 2010)
Plot: Addition 3, Block 9, Lot 30
Created by: Mark Utley
Record added: Jun 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112185547