Russell W. Adams, of Grasston, was 96 years of age when he passed away at the Minnesota Veteran’s Home in Minneapolis.
Russell was born on May 27, 1920 in Rock County, Minnesota to Willard and Maude (Dean) Adams. Born the 6th of 7 children; he grew up in southwest Minnesota and southern South Dakota. In 1940, Russ graduated from Garretson High School in South Dakota.
He worked in the Garretson area until February of 1942 when he enlisted in the United States Army. In February of 1943, before deployment, Russ was united in marriage to Lillian “Beth” Waddle at Ft Lewis in Washington state. Russ served overseas in the South Pacific under General MacArthur in an artillery battalion that helped to liberate the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945 and returned home to Beth.
Soon after, Russ began working at a Gambles Hardware store. He worked in sales before advancing to an assistant manager, then a store manager, and eventually as a field auditor before retiring in 1983. During his years with Gambles, Russ and the family moved numerous times around the Upper Midwest. After retirement, Russ and Beth moved to rural Mora. Beth passed away in September of 1999.
In May of 2008, Russ was married to Violet Anderson in Mantorville, Minnesota. The couple made their home on the Anderson farm in rural Grasston. In April of 2015, Russ moved to the MN Veteran’s Home in Minneapolis where he spent his final months.
Russ was a lifelong Methodist and loved to sing in the choir and be active in the church community. Music was a vital part of Russ’s life and he was self-taught on several instruments. In his younger years, Russ was an athlete, playing numerous sports in high school. He also followed many professional teams throughout his life. Russ was a good mechanic, having learned many things from his uncles as a child. He encouraged his son Bill to develop that skill as well.
Most of all, Russ was a family man, always placing his family first in his life.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Beth; sisters, Myrna, Erma, and Etta; brothers, Lyle, Ray, and Donald.
SERVICE Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Mora Methodist Church, Rev. Rob Pesola officiating. 2nd FUNERAL SERVICE Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Minnehaha Funeral Home in Garretson, South Dakota. Interment at the Summit Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home ~ Mora, MN
Lillian Elizabeth Waddle Adams
1921–1999 (m. 1943)
Erma Adams Zoss