Robert H. Adams

September 15, 1933January 5, 2013

Robert H. Adams Sept. 15, 1933 - Jan. 5, 2013 Preceded in death by parents, sister and infant son. Survived By: loving wife and best friend, Dianne; son Steven Adams & wife Cathy, Florence, AL; daughter, Roberta Nunez & James, Omaha; Christopher Adams & wife Emily, Littleton, CO; 4 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild. Visitation Friday prior to service 11- 1 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4040 No. 108th St. Funeral Service at 1:00 PM. Interment: Forest Lawn Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorials to Gethsemane Lutheran School.

Robert H. Adams was born in East Peoria, Illinois to Lillian,(Gish), and Bert Adams on September 15th, 1933. He graduated from East Peoria High School in 1950 and enlisted in the U.S.Navy. Bob received his basic trianing at Great Lakes Training Station and then served as an intern in St. Alban's Hospital in New York. He completed his Medical Corpsman Training at the US Naval Hospial in Bainbridge, Maryland on September 25th, 1955. While serving at the Minneapolis Naval Training Center, Bob met Dianne Tesch. They married in Watertown, SD on October 26th, 1963 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Bob was deployed to Hawaii and served on a missle tracking ship. He was later assigned as a Medical Corpsman on the USS Ranger in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam. When Bob returned, he was the leading Chief Medical Corpsman at the Reserve Training Center in Billings, Montana. During this time, he was called on to visit many families in the area to inform them of the death of their loved ones. He later recieved orders to serve in New Orleans aboard the W.S. Sims. When the ship was commissioned, he became a "USS W.S. Sims Plank Holder." He served as it's Chief Medical Corpsman until being transfered to the Naval Reserve Training Center in Omaha, Nebraska in 1972. He retired from the Navy on June 1, 1980. Bob loved the Navy and was affectionately known as "Doc" Adams by his crewmates and family. Bob then worked as a Personnel Management Specialist for the VA Hospital. He retired on June 18, 1995. Bob was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church and School from 1972 until his death. He also served as an Elder and a member of the School Board of Education.


  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2013

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Regina Purvis

January 15, 2013

Hello Mrs. Adams, Robin and Christopher. We did know of Bob's passing and from our "Hearts" our deepest sympathy. Robin, when time allows, please contact me.

Sincerely and with Love,
Don & Rose Howard
Darwin & Regina Purvis

Extra Hugs and Love to you Mrs. Adams from Rosé and Regina.

Bobbie Cunningham

January 11, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Bob was a good person and I enjoyed working with him. May the love of friends and family help you during this time of sorrow.

Sarah Phelps

January 11, 2013

Genghis Bob - the trivia divas will miss you so much! All my love to your family.

West Region Team, Cooper Wiring Devices

January 11, 2013

Our thoughts are with your entire family as you struggle through these times. When I think of lost loved ones, the words of Leo Buscaglia come to mind...

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.

John and Teresa Seminara

January 10, 2013

Dear Robin and Jim,
We don't have the words to ease the pain you are feeling except to tell you how sorry we are and that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

January 10, 2013

Diane, My sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your husband. My prayers are with you, may God grant your strength to face the days ahead. Karen Conner Schooley

Karen (Kauffeld) Lovejoy

January 10, 2013

You are all on my heart and in my prayers.

January 10, 2013

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I think of you and the old CHS group often. Please accept my sincere condolences.
God bless you and your family.
Bill Ching

January 10, 2013

Please disregard my last entry. I misunderstood and thought the funeral was last week.

Katie Clark

January 10, 2013

Dianne, Robin, Jim, and Chris,
We just heard the news otherwise we would have been at the funeral. It's been a while since we have seen Bob but we just can't believe he is gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love, Steve & Katie Clark