Gerald E. "Jerry" Adams, of Midland, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at his home. He was born the son of the late Edward and Lucy Kitter Adams in Lansing. When he was one year old his parents moved to Coleman, where his father had bought a farm. He was educated in the Coleman School system before moving to Midland.
He worked for The Dow Chemical Co. for 32 years. During World War II
he enlisted in the U.S. Navy
. Most of his time was spent aboard ship in the Pacific. After his discharge from active duty, he re enlisted in the Naval Reserve for a total of 16 years. Some of that time was on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal CVA59. He was a graduate of the United States Naval School of Transportation Management in Oakland, Calif. He also attended the University of Illinois
in Champaign/Urbana. He was a life member of the U.S.S. LCI National Association, U.S. Navy. Jerry was a very patriotic person, every morning he would raise the American flag out in front of his house.
Through his many years of living in Midland and Midland County, he served on different committees. One that lasted for a number of years was the planning and cooperative financing for the building of the Midland National Guard Armory, home of the 460th Quarter Master's Supply Company at that time. He was a past commander of the Midland American Legion Berryhill Post 165 and was an honorary life member.
He belonged to the American Legion for a total of six consecutive years. For many years following his time as commander, Jerry served as public relations officer for the post. At that same time he was appointed to the American Legion Department of Michigan P.R. committee where he served for six consecutive years. One of those years he served as chairman of that committee. When the Michigan American Legion opened their leadership college in 1978, he was asked to teach a course in Public Relations at the school. He taught there for three consecutive years. At that time the school was held at the Michigan National Guard Training Bade in Grayling. He belonged to the American Legion National Press Association. He was a life member of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars, Post 3651 in Midland. He served many years on the Midland County Veterans Honor Guard.
In his younger years he loved to fish and hunt. He had gone to Canada moose hunting and to Wyoming elk and mule deer hunting His favorite fishing lake was in Michigan's U.P. Caribou Lake. One week every summer he spent there with his children when they were growing up. Jerry and his wife, Jeanne, loved to square dance. They had belonged to three square dance clubs in Michigan and one in Florida.
Jerry was preceded in death by his mother who died Jan. 11, 1979; and his father died Oct. 30, 1991; one sister, Beverly Daniels of Sanford passed away Jan. 15, 1993. Also, a previous wife, Marsha Cripps Adams, who died of cancer in 1987. In May of 1988, Jerry married the former Jeanne Arnold Hess. They were united in marriage at the United Methodist Church of Houghton Lake. They have no children between them.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Jeanne; and a daughter from his previous marriage, Debbi Purvis.
Funeral services for Jerry will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. The Rev. Dr. Charles Keyworth will officiate, with a 3 p.m. burial in Roscommon Twp. Cemetery in Houghton Lake. Jerry's family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m., and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Salvation Army or the Midland County Veterans Honor Guard. Full military honors will be presented by the Midland Area Veterans and the Department of the U.S. Navy. Arrangements for Jerry were entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors.