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 Rex McNaught Adams

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Rex McNaught Adams

Birth
Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Death 6 Jun 2008 (aged 85)
South Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial El Paso, Woodford County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 208452290 View Source
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Rex McNaught Adams, 85, South Pasadena, Calif., formerly of El Paso, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his wife and daughter, on Friday (June 6, 2008).

He was born Dec. 9, 1922, in Peoria, the son of Hurd Curtis and Mary Gladys McNaught Adams.

Rex was a dedicated son, husband and father who had strong ties to his El Paso heritage. He loved his family and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marianna; his children, Jan Adams of South Pasadena, Calif., and Ken Adams; his grandson, Adam Applegate of Ohio; his brothers, Bruce (Lynda) Adams, Sandy, Utah, and Bob Adams, El Paso; nieces, Vicki (Kim) Reichelt, Crystal Lake, and Phyllis (Dennis) McCole, Castro Valley; and nephew, Jeff (Suzanne) Adams, Portland, Ore. Also surviving are two grandnephews and four grandnieces.

He worked hard and enjoyed life on the El Paso family farm until the age of 18 years when he left for the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. In 1943, he enlisted in the Air Force, attended Yale University and became a commissioned Air Force communications officer. Promoted to major, he proudly served his country during World War II. In 1945, shortly after his military discharge, he returned to the University of Illinois to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. In 1948, Rex moved to Chicago and began his 35-year career at U.S. Steel where he met his wife, Marianna. As a dedicated engineer, he achieved the position of superintendent of central maintenance at South Works in Chicago, and in 1979 was promoted to chairman of maintenance at the US Steel headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Retirement in 1985 to Hot Springs Village, Ark., brought enjoyable days filled with friends, family, reading, fishing, boating, golfing, hiking, radio controlled airplane and boat model building, 3-D photography, as well as Ham radio operations.

Published in the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph

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