Donald Thomas Adams

September 13, 1926April 2, 2014
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Donald T. Adams, 87, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Wednesday, April 02, 2014, at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born on September 13, 1926, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Donald and Florence (Erne) Adams. Upon graduating from Northside High School, he began working for the United States Post Office, from which he retired after 38 years. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and traveling. He is survived by his loving wife of over 67 years, JoAnne M. (Roffelsen) Adams; sons, Stephen A. (Linda) Adams Sr. of Fort Wayne, Mark T. Adams of Albion, IA., James E. (Pamela) Adams of Wabash, Ind., John M. (Molly) Adams of Fort Wayne, and Scott M. (Linda) Adams of Carmel, Ind.; daughters, Kathleen J. Kent of Grand Rapids, MI., Louise S. (Kevin) Ambrose of Fort Wayne, and Mary T. Thompson of Sioux Falls, SD.; as well as 21 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda M. (Richard) Bauer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM Monday, April 7, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Rd., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior to service. Calling will also be held from 1 to 5 PM Sunday, April 6, with a Rosary Service at 4:30pm at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, 6424 Winchester Road. Entombment will be at the Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For online condolences, please visit


  • Funeral Service Monday, April 7, 2014
  • Visitation Sunday, April 6, 2014
  • Rosary Service Sunday, April 6, 2014
  • Visitation Monday, April 7, 2014

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April 12, 2014

Papa now can live long & strong forever, just as I always will remember him!

Love forever,


April 11, 2014

Soar with the angels, dear dad. Until we meet again you are always in my heart.

April 11, 2014

You have been the love of my life for over 68 years , it will go on forever ! I miss you , Jody

April 8, 2014

Joanne, I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. We will all miss his wonderful smile. Please know that you and your family are in our daily prayers. Barbara (Roffelsen) Greco & husband Joe

Carol Morningstar

April 7, 2014

Louise, so sorry for the passing of your Father. You and your family will be in my prayers. Love, Carol Morningstar

Lynn Oetting

April 7, 2014

Don trained me when I first started carrying mail and was always a great work friend and mentor. This was a great group of guys. You were the greatest generation. God blessed us all with your life. I know you are with our God. Rest in peace.

Cathy Compton

April 7, 2014

Joanne I know your loss is deep but you have the peace that you tried everything possible and loved Don unconditionally. You are an amazing woman and were a wonderful women I am happy I was able to be a part of your lives at St Anne Home for a few weeks. Take care of you. Love Cathy

Chris Chamberlin Biggs

April 6, 2014

Dear Mrs. Adams and family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you. when I think of Mr. Adams...I think of his GREAT SMILE.
Chris Chamberlin Biggs

Dick Joseph

April 6, 2014

Jo, my condolences for the departure Don ;had both of you in my prayers since you left Havasu .


April 6, 2014

My Dear Friend Mary, I know your daddy was your champ! You will miss him dearly! Keep his spirit alive by sharing your memories with your boys. I still think Jackson looks like papa Don! My deepest sympathy to all of you! Love you dollar! Diane