George D. Adams
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June 26, 1925 to May 8, 2010
George found his final peace and fulfilled his wish to be with his wife, Agnes, once again Saturday, May 8, 2010, at his home in Alamogordo.
He was born June 26, 1925, the only child of Rose and George J. Adams in Colorado Springs, Colo. He came from pioneers; his grandparents on his mom's side settled and founded Fountain, Colo., after they could not get the massive grinding stones over the Rocky Mountains. They were the first to grind corn for the Indians in the area. On his dad's side he is a descendant of John Adams, the president.
He served his country in the Marines for over 25 years and was a veteran of World War II, Korea, Okinawa and Vietnam. His military medals include World War II Victory, Asiatic Pacific with one Bronze Star, American Theater, The Navy Occupation, National Defense with one Bronze Star, China Occupation, Marine Corps Expeditionary, Korean Theater with one Bronze Star, American Defense and Vietnam Campaign, China Service and the Marine Corps Occupation of Japan.
He invented several things while he was in the service for helicopters and other aircraft. He invented the catch system on aircraft carriers. He survived many near deaths while in the service. He was blown up in Korea and pronounced dead. He missed his plane and took a later one. His original plane went into the side of a mountain and all aboard were killed.
After he retired he went to work for his dad selling Budweiser beer. Later they sold the business and he went to work for Lear Siegler on the traveling team. They sold the home in Colorado and George and Agnes went on the road together. He worked for them until he retired. They have called Alamogordo home since 1990.
He was a lifetime member of Sertoma in Colorado Springs. He belonged to the Zia Marine Corps League and VFW Post No. 7686 in Alamogordo.
He was a good father and husband, even though he was strict. He was a Marine!
He is survived by his devoted companions and best friends, Sparkey, his dog and Angel, his cat; and his three daughters Nikki Jo Garrison (husband, Jack, deceased), of California; Vickey L. Jessee and significant other, Steve, of Arizona; and GayAnn Little and husband, David, of Georgia. Vickey came to stay with George for 14 months to make sure he was taken care of.
He has five grandchildren, Jody Garrison, Galen Garrison and wife, Mary, Danny Garrison and fiancee, Vanessa, all of California; Rene Adams-Marez and significant other, Louis, of Florida; and Justin Jessee and fiancee, Crystal, of Arizona. He also has seven great-grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents Rose and George J.; his son-in-law Jack Garrison; and his loving wife, Agnes, who died in 2005. George was her care giver for many years as she suffered from Alzheimer's. After she died all he wanted was to be with her and now he has fulfilled that wish. His family knows they are together again.
The family, especially Vickey, wants to thank the people at Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice for helping their dad and her with this final journey. If you are so inclined to give a donation please think of them or any of the animal shelters, or the Humane Society. As George used to say, he loved the four-legged animals best.
The family has entrusted their loved one to Alamogordo Funeral Home. He will be cremated and there will be no services. They ask that you say your goodbyes and prayers as you are so inclined ... maybe raise a Michelob to him.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 11 to June 11, 2010
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