Lester Dell Adams May 31, 1923 - March 12, 2014 Les Adams was born in Shelton, WA on May 31, 1923 to Dell and Elouise Adams. His parents were homesteaders, so their livelihood came largely from the land. Les quit school in the 9th grade to work with his dad in the woods. Later, he went to Los Angeles to attend a course in electricity. While he was in Los Angeles the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, prompting Les to return home and join the Navy. Les was very proud to serve his country in the US Navy. Stationed on the USS Montpellier, he saw plenty of action in the Pacific Theater. At the end of World War II Les went to college on the GI bill, and received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. While earning his degree, Les decided to join the Naval Reserves because he missed the Navy. His Reserves duty ended when he met Kathleen "Kippy" Norris, and asked her to marry him. Les and Kippy designed and built a house in Fife, where they settled down to begin a family. During this time Les worked for Boeing as an electrical engineer, a job he held until retirement at the age of 62. In retirement, Les and Kippy enjoyed touring the country in their motor home, wintering in Arizona and camping out on the old Adams homestead in the summer. Lester was instructed in the Christian faith at Ascension Lutheran Church in Tacoma. He was received into the kingdom of God's grace through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on May 10, 2009, and remained a faithful member of Ascension until he departed to be with his Savior. He was an inspiration to, and well-beloved by, his fellow church members. One of the final devotions he had with his pastor was based on I Corinthians 15:56-57: "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Les will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his love of nature, and for his considerable skill with a steak on the barbeque grill. Les is survived by his children Mary Rhine (Richard) and Dell Adams (Sue), and his grandchildren Sierra, Callie, Cole, and Zoe. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Kathleen. Services will be held at Mountain View Memorial Park, Garden Chapel, at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 19th. Remembrances may be shared at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 16, 2014