Kenneth Neil Adams, 88, of Nevada City died Monday, Oct. 16, at home.
No services are planned.
Mr. Adams was born July 16, 1918, in Alhambra, to Army Adams and Alice Rohwer Adams. He was the fourth son. He attended local Grass Valley schools, Mt. St. Mary’s Academy, Sacramento Junior College, and San Francisco Junior College. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a sergeant during World War II for 30 months in North Africa and Sicily, Italy. He received the Purple Heart. He married Dorothy Thomas in Nevada City, and worked for Mutual of New York Insurance Co. as an underwriter for 60 years. His territory was Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee, Tahoe City, Auburn, Marysville and Yuba City.
He was Past Commander Veterans of Foreign Wars, Nevada City, and President of the Red Cross. He was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, American Legion and Elks Lodge, Grass Valley for 60 years. He enjoyed camping, horseback riding, gardening, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed road trips in the Winnebago, cruising the Panama Canal, Mexican and Caribbean waters, and traveling the Mississippi on the Delta Queen.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy of Nevada City; son and daughter-in-law, Thom and Joanie of Nevada City; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Rick Adams of Lolo, Mt.; grandsons Hanks of Spokane, Wash., and Wyatt of Butte, Mt.; nieces Kriss Stephens, and Julie Morales both of Bakersfield, and Lynn Adams of London, England; nephews Kerry Adams and Jon Adams both of Bakersfield, Geoff Adams of San Rafael; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, David Adams in 1970; father, Army Adams in 1949; mother, Alice Adams in 1964; godfather, William Schwartz in 1941; and godmother, Esther Schwartz in 1963; brothers John in 1994, and Wayne in 1988; twin brother, Bernhard in 1918; and friend, Charles Brown in 2002.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, 95945, or Grass Valley Elks No. 538, Attention Piggy Bank Funding, 109 S. School St., Grass Valley, 95945.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.
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