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Lou Adkins

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Lou Adkins Lou Adkins passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday morning, March 13, 2011 at his home in Paramount. Lou had been battling lung cancer since June 2010. Lou was born June 18, 1931 in Davin, West Virginia to Odbert and Olive Adkins and was the oldest of 15 children. Like most people from this part of West Virginia, Lou grew up in a coal mining family and like his father and brothers, began working there at an early age. After graduating from Mann High School, Lou enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served his country for 20 years. He retired in 1969 at the rank of master sergeant. Lou was a Korean War Veteran who spent 2.5 years in a POW camp before being released and returned to the states for continued duty. In 1954. He met Eleanor (Norie) Miku and they were married July 27, 1957. Together they had four children and lived a typical Air Force life until Lou's retirement from the service in 1969. At that point he and Norie settled in Paramount where Lou was employed as an operations manager for Northrop Electronics in Hawthorne. Lou loved four things most; his wife, his family, his country and his local community. He coached baseball and basketball for years in the City of Paramount when the kids were young; served as commander of American Legion Post 134 and as a planning commissioner for the City of Paramount. Lou is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norie; daughter, Bonnie De Jong (Clayton) of Long Beach; son, Scott (Cheryl) of Huntsville, Alabama; son, Patrick (Kim) of La Mirada; son, Michael of Paramount; and ten grandchildren whom he adored: Tyler, Blake, Chase, Tera, Scott Jr., Samantha, Chad, Ryan, Kaylee and Patrick Jr. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obituaries. Whites Funeral Home (562) 867-2741
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Mar. 18, 2011
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