Maynard R. Adolphson

June 12, 1923June 21, 2011

Rockford—Maynard R. Adolphson, 88, of Rockford passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in his home with family by his side. He was born June 12, 1923, in Rockford to Axel and Della (Johnson) Adolphson. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, he served as a Staff Sergeant in the 106th Infantry Division. He was taken as a prisoner of war during the Battle of the Bulge. After his liberation, he married Joan Hatcher on June 2, 1945. Maynard worked for Woodward Governor, retiring after 44 years of service. He enjoyed spending time in his workshop working on all types of projects including, refinishing furniture and his collection of kerosene lamps. He was a lifetime member of the 106th Infantry Division Association and attended the reunions every year. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, whether it was at his cabin in Northern Wisconsin or lending a helping hand to his children. He is survived by his children, Julie (Dan Miller) Kosinski, Dean (Marlyn Gustafson) Adolphson, Mark (Jonna) Adolphson, and Nancy (Randy) Rainwater, all of the Rockford area; grandchildren, Jenny Kosinski, Katie (Mark Caruana) Kosinski, Taylor Adolphson, and Max Adolphson; his sister, Inez Davis; many nieces and nephews; and many loving family members in Sweden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; his parents; his sisters, Doris Adolphson, Violet Erb, and Arlene Huntley; his brother, Helge Karlsson; and his brothers-in-law, Harry Davis and Elmer Huntley. Special thank you to Dr. Peter Phelan and Heartland Hospice. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd. Visitation will continue from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, at Broadway Covenant Church, 3525 Broadway, Rockford. The service will be at 11:00 a.m. Private burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Broadway Covenant Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter in honor of his wife, Joan.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 29, 2011
  • Visitation Thursday, June 30, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 30, 2011

Maynard R. Adolphson

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Peter Höglund with family, Gunnar & Yvonne Andersson

July 7, 2011

Dear Nancy, Julie, Dean and Mark with families. We are so sorry for your loss. Maynard was so full of joy and always happy. He took good care of me and my family when we had the opportunity to stay at his house in 2008. We celebrated both my and his birthday and had so much fun. I also remember all the fun we had here in Sweden when we went on the steam boat, all his tricky questions to the captain. That is how we will remember him, always curious and eager to learn how things work.

Tom and Kathie Weiland

June 28, 2011

Dear Nancy & Family,
God be with you and give you strength. You have been blessed to have such a wonderful Dad. So glad you where able to have time this past year to make some special memories.

Dana Rogers

June 28, 2011

Dear Julie, I was sorry to read about your dad in the online obituaries. This has not been a good year for your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Ron Reece

June 27, 2011

Dear Julie,
I'm so saddened by your loss. May God be with you and your family. Always remember you are so lucky to have had your Dad for all these wonderful years.
God bless.

Jerry and Barb Mernack

June 27, 2011

May God be with Your Family in this difficult time. May God hold you all close and guide you. God bless.

Debbie Rainwater

June 27, 2011

Dear Nancy and famliy, I was so sad to hear of Maynard's passing...He was such a wonderful person. I am very glad to have memories of him at your house on the holidays...He will always be with you and as with everyone who knew him. Take care and know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time...