James F Adams

March 25, 1936March 27, 2012

BLOOMINGTON — James “Jim” F. Adams, 76, Bloomington, passed away at 2 a.m. Tuesday (March 27, 2012) at his home after a long battle with cancer.

A graveside service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Funks Grove Church and Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Center Foundation, McLean County.

James F. Adams was born March 25, 1936, the only son of Karl and Helen Adams, Bloomington, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Wapella High School and the University of Illinois in Urbana. On March 15, 1959, he married Marcia Meeker of Normal. During 52 years of marriage they had one son, Jeff (Karol), Bloomington; and two daughters, Julie Adams Painter (David), Auburn, Ind., and Lisa Adams, Kansas City, Kan. He had four grandchildren, Laura and Kristen (Jeff) Adams and Daniel and Joe (Julie) Painter. All are surviving.

A McLean County farmer for 50 years, Jim also owned several businesses including Adams Trucking and Adams Fertilizer. He was an Illinois Farm Bureau member and McLean County 4-H Fair Board member. He was also a 30-year member and trustee of the Downs Fire Department.

A longtime livestock producer, Jim supported his three children in national, state and local cattle and horse show events for more than 20 years.

In 1985, he was a recipient of the Master Farmer of McLean County. An avid antique tractor enthusiastic, Jim served as president of the Central States Thresherman’s Reunion in Pontiac for several years and remained active in the organization until 2011.

Jim was a boating enthusiast who spent the last 20 years sailing Florida’s coastal regions over the winter months with his wife and family. Jim also had a love of flying airplanes. Jim earned his commercial pilot’s license in 1985.

He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy between 1956 and 1961. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church.

Farming was Jim’s true passion. He had a deep sense of responsibility for the care and conservation of the farms he managed for his family and friends. Jim and his family greatly valued the support, commitment of lifelong employees, i.e. Kenneth (Corky) Atchison, Lawrence (Riley) Kramer and Harold (Pappy) Dunlap. Individuals that Jim considered as family members included Larry Milby, Nicole Kramer and Andy Kraft.

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April 27, 2012

You have our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.
Your old Gilman farm neighbors,
David and Judy Pree

March 31, 2012

Our deepest sympathies to you, Marcia. I remember Jim's parents helping with youth programs at Wesley Methodist.

Neil and Dorothy King

Barbara Burk

March 30, 2012

To the Admas family:
I met Jim while working as receptionist at Stahly Truck City many years ago. He always had a smile and seemed so jovial when he came in to pick up parts or have a truck serviced.
You have my sincere sympathy. He seemed like a great guy.
Your good memories will keep him alive in your heart and with you always.

Cyndi Young-Puyear

March 29, 2012

Lisa and family, We are praying for you and wishing you peace.

March 29, 2012

Dear Marsha,Jeff,Julie,Lisa and Family, May you be comforted by all the wonderful memories and the deep caring heart that was in your dad and husband. We were blessed by knowing Jim, our thoughts and prayers for peace go with you and we share your sorrow. With deep love and affection. Bill, Kim and Will Peterson, Lowell, IN.

The Halm's

March 29, 2012

May God bless you and give you His amazing peace during this difficult time in your journey. We love you Aunt Marcia, Kim and Kevin Halm (and Emilie and Pat)

Becki Rhoades

March 29, 2012

Lisa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be thinking of you and your family during this time. I know how difficult it is to lose your father.

Terri Schuler

March 29, 2012

Lisa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. I got to know your dad back while working at the co-op. He was a colorful character that I most enjoyed. He always had a smile and hello. May God comfort you.

Janis Jones

March 29, 2012

Lisa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm smiling thinking about the time I met your dad on his boat in the Florida Keys when we were escaping the cold Rochester winter.
My deepest sympathies,

Joy Siegel

March 28, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Jim was such a great guy, and he will be missed by so many. I have so many fond memories of our past times together. Lots of love to all of you...