David John Adams, the son of Walter Ellsworth and Elva Miller (Borop) Adams, was born Dec. 3, 1925, in Perry, Iowa. He served his country in the United States Navy from June 1943 to October 1945. On Dec. 28, 1945, David was united in marriage with Nona Norine Wilkoski. David farmed in Jamaica, Iowa from 1945 to 1952 then moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., where he would begin a career as a brakeman with Union Pacific railroad. He moved to Newton, Iowa in July of 2012.
David was united in marriage with Cathrine Wright on March 9, 1974. David enjoyed all things trains. He could often be found out on his boat fishing or building balloon animals while clowning with the Shriner’s. He took up crocheting to fill his down time while on the railroad and built lifelong friendships with those in the American Legion Honor Guard. David was a member of the American Legion, Post 6, in Cheyenne and the Moose Lodges in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Newton, Iowa.
David died on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa. He was 88 years old. David was preceded in death by his parents; two children in infancy, Jacqueline Adams and Carmen Adams; his first wife, Nora; his wife, Cathrine; three brothers, Louie Adams, Carroll Adams, Carmen Adams; two sisters, Edna (Adams) Silver and Eleanor (Adams) Froehle.
Those left to honor David’s memory include his daughter, Vicki (Ken) Rhodes of Kellogg, Iowa; his granddaughters, Tammie (Scott) Deeter of Kellogg and Terry (Scott) Wearmouth of Kellogg; his step-daughters, Carol (Mike) Farmer, Debra (Marty) Meyers, Donna (Stan) Johnston; his step-son, Steve Young; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his sister, Shirley Walker of Albuquerque, N.M.
A funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton. A time of visitation with the family will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home. Memorials may be designated in David’s name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and may be left at the Pence-Reese Funeral Home.