John J. Adkins

John J. Adkins, 93, died peacefully on October 7, 2012 in Chandler, AZ due to complications related to Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Howard, S.D. on June 28, 1919, the son of Berchard E. and Delia A. Adkins. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother, Robert, and his beloved wife of 71 years, Margaret L. ("Margie"). After graduating from the University of Nebraska where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and ROTC, John married his high school sweetheart, Margie, and served proudly and honorably in the United States Army, World War II, from August 4, 1942 until February 9, 1946. He served as an artillery Air Observation Pilot ("Grasshopper") in the New Guinea and Luzon campaigns where he became part of the 158th Regimental Combat Team composed of the 158th infantry regiment (the "Bushmasters"), the 147th Field Artillery, and supporting units. He was wounded on July 8, 1942 in the battle for Noemfoor Island. For his service during the War he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Philippine Liberation ATC Ribbon, ADSM Ribbon, APTC Ribbon With 2 Bronze Service Stars, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star Medal, attaining the rank of Captain. After the war he returned home to his family in Nebraska and began a successful business career in banking and consumer finance in Battle Creek and Norfolk. The family later moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where he continued in the equipment leasing business until his retirement. John always enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his family, golfing, traveling, entertaining friends and family, operating his business, and ice cream and Oreo cookies. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was able to keep it throughout his lifetime. He was generous and thoughtful of others and had a strong but quiet faith in God. John made many friends wherever he went, and was loved and respected for his honesty and integrity by all who knew him. John is survived by his son, Jay (Linda), and daughters Jan Strycker (Rich) and Tracy Russell (Peter), ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. A memorial service with Military Honors will be held at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656.

Published in The Gazette from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, 2012