Adam Michael Lack

Adam Michael Lack

Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA
Death 13 Jul 2008 (aged 33)
Mitchell County, Iowa, USA
Burial Orchard, Mitchell County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 97796304 · View Source
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The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa
July 15, 2008

NORA SPRINGS - Adam M. LACK, 33, of Nora Springs, died Sunday [July 13, 2008] in a single vehicle accident in rural Mitchell County.

A funeral Mass for Adam LACK will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hauser Funeral Home, 1205 S. Main in Charles City, where there will be a vigil scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Adam Michael LACK was born May 13, 1975, at Mason City, the son of Gary (deceased) and Veronica (NAUMAN) LACK. Adam spent his childhood in several towns in northern Iowa including Rockford, Cedar Falls and Mason City before moving to Buffalo, Wyo., during his freshman year of high school.

He was a remarkably gifted wrestler, becoming an AAU national champion at the age of 9 and 4-time high school state place winner in Wyoming. He was valedictorian of his class at Buffalo High School, received an academic scholarship to Brown University and recently received his degree in business economics from Brown University in Providence, R.I.

He had formerly owned and operated the Floyd Y restaurant in Floyd. More recently he had operated the Eagle's Nest bar in Nora Springs. Until the time of his death he was an ethanol plant operations supervisor at POET Biorefining.

He enjoyed reading, writing and fishing in his spare time. Adam's life was one of caring for others including his mother, Veronica, and his nieces and nephews. He was deeply thoughtful and loving. He was protective of his loved ones. After the death of his father from cancer in 2004, Adam remained at home to help his mother with managing the family farm while pursuing his business ventures and working at the ethanol plant. One of his best college friends, Ray ROCHA, died on Sept. 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center attacks. Another dear friend, Dimitri GAVRIEL, was later killed in action in Iraq after joining the Marines. Regarding the friends he had lost Adam had written, "I wish I could fish with Dimitri once more, and do anything with Ray." Adam may be described best in his own writing. In relation to his love of family and friends, "One of my favorite occasional occurrences is being awoken early by my giggling nieces, Gabriella and Erica. Time spent with friends, preferably laughing, is a priority for me." In relation to his quest for answers, "I like thunderstorms and truth, because they answer to no one? somewhere there's always an equation I'm working on in my mind that haunts me; but I'll always break it." He described his heroes as "all those who swim against the tide or care for the less fortunate."

His boyish laugh and warm sense of humor will remain with everyone always.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and father.

Memorials may be directed to the Lack Educational Fund of the Knights of Columbus, 1475 325th St., Nora Springs, IA 50458.

The Hauser Funeral Home, 641-228-2323

[NOTE: It later came to light that Adam was set up and his death a homicide. His pickup left the road around 11 p.m. July 12, 2008, and though many personnel were on scene, it wasn't until sometime after 7 a.m. July 13, 2008, that St. Ansgar Fire and Rescue personnel strung chains across the ditch to Adam's truck, and, according to 26 time-stamped photos taken at the crime scene, began to repeatedly lift Adam's truck and then drop it back down on him. One of the first drops crushed Adam's right arm. Another broke his femur (the bone between the hip and knee). Palas Graham continued to snap photos as the ongoing lifting and dropping mashed Adam's trapped ankles and then smashed his already dislocated left arm.

Those present at the scene and captured in the documented photos included Sheriff Hintz, Judge Bryan McKinley and County Coroner Dr. Haganman.

Nearly 10 hours after Adam found himself entrapped, the chain lifted and dropped his nearly crushed truck once again. This time, the drop immediately dislocated Adam's neck at the C-2 and C-3 vertebra, killing him instantly. There is a very long document titled "Adam's Voice" on the Iowa Cold Cases website detailing the ongoing harassment the Lack family endured for years while fighting Mitchell County polluters, the EPA and DNR for clean drinking water in Mitchell County. Adam's murder has sparked nationwide outrage, though those responsible for his death have yet to be charged and tried.]

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