Charles Otterbein Adams

April 8, 1912September 15, 2011

ADAMS, Charles Otterbein age 99, of Dayton, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011 from pneumonia at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Born April 8, 1912 in Dayton to Charles Winford & Viola Hicks Adams, Charles Otterbein Adams was one of the famous “Flood Twins” and a prominent survivor of the Great Dayton Flood of 1913. A conscientious human being of strong moral and ethical fabric, Charles was a reminder of the extraordinary spirit and capacities of human nature. An engineer by trade and a humanitarian at heart - he presented Dayton Flood Talks around the Miami Valley to help the community remember the flood and its historical importance. He joined the Engineers Club of Dayton in 1937. He was its longest living member and a constant presence attending meetings of the New Barn Gang up through the final weeks of his life. Charles attended Steele High School in Dayton and graduated in 1937 from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Following his graduation from U.C., Charles worked as a process engineer for Delco Products Division of General Motors. In 1938 he married Loraine Ida Bagnoli and they remained together until her passing in 2000. He served in the United States Army from 1939 – 1943 and served in WWII. He was a founding member of Normandy Church in Centerville, OH. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Loraine Ida. He is survived by two daughters: Nancy Meyers of St. Louis, MO and Jeanne Philipp of Dayton, OH; and son: James Adams & wife Naz Edwards of Ann Arbor, MI; grandchildren: Chris & Andrea Westland, Soren & Nichole Gormley, Jonathan & Jennifer Westland, Shawn Gormley & Sharyn Hunter, Heather & Bruce Bell, Thaine Odom and Keira Philipp-Schnurer; and 6 great grandchildren: Lois, Kate, Maya, Gavin, Seeley, and Sawyer. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Charles’ life on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL. To send the family condolences online, please visit A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 21 beginning at 10 AM at Normandy United Methodist Church in Centerville, OH - In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Dayton Engineers Club Foundation, 110 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45402 - 937-228-2148.


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 20, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Jeff Bodem

September 20, 2011

Patriarch and Mentor – You legacy will live on with those whom you shared your values. Love you and miss you Great Uncle Charles.

martha hardnett

September 19, 2011

To the family of Thaine Odom and granddad Charles we are praying and God is Blessing and he will be missed greatly. Much Love, Much Prayer, Much Power in Jesus name. To our nephew Thaine always. Ev. Martha A. @ Clifford Hardnett. Stay Strong in God, Love you.

Bonnie Conner

September 18, 2011

I cherish the roles beyond "uncle" that this incredible and much loved man had in my life from escorting me as a father in my wedding to family historian and more. The long-ago 1913 newspaper headline: "Providence Saves Adams Twins," was a sovereign reality for both my mother (Charles' twin) and for him who was graced with a much longer life, a life I shall surely miss. Bonnie Conner, Niece, Dayton, OH

Nancy Meyer

September 18, 2011

Daddy, You are and will be sorely missed by all of us who love you dearly.

Naz & Jim Adams

September 18, 2011

In loving memory Dad .Your heart lives on and on in all you have touched.