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Auman's Inc. Funeral Home

390 West Neversink Road, Reading, PA

OBITUARY

William "Bill" Edward Adam

November 15, 1928May 25, 2019

William "Bill" Edward Adam, age 90, of Daytona Beach, Florida entered eternal rest on Saturday May 25, 2019. "Bill" was born November 15, 1928 in Reading, PA to the late Charles E. Adam and Dorothy J. Adam.

His spirit is carried on by his daughter Sherry Birch and her husband Tim, of Edgewater, FL; son Eric Adam and his wife Kelly, of Harrison City, PA; seven grandchildren, Devon Smith, Calvin Smith, Levi Smith, Tyler Adam, Ryan Birch, Isabella Adam and Annalise Adam. He will also be fondly remembered by his five great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Bill was greeted in heaven by his loving wife Patricia (Bice) Adam and sister Barbara Ford.

Bill served proudly in the U.S. Navy during World War II and during the Korean conflict. He specialized in submarines and his most significant duty was on the U.S.S Cutlass as an engineer. He even was awarded a lifetime membership from the U.S. submarine veterans for his years of honorable and faithful service in the U.S Navy and the submarine force, an accolade he was very honored to receive.

Bill was a dedicated and loving husband to his wife Patricia for 54 years and absolutely treasured time with his loving family. He enjoyed golfing, camping, traveling and fishing. He was also a very active member and president of the Reading base U.S. submarine veterans.

A celebration of life for "Bill" will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM at Aumans Inc., 390 W. Neversink Rd, Reiffton, Pennsylvania 19606. Following the a celebration of life will be a graveside committal at 11:00 AM at Forest Hills Memorial Park, 390 W. Neversink rd., Reading, PA 19606.

In lieu of flowers, Bill's family requests memorial contributions to be made to Honor Flight Network ,173 South Tuttle Rd. Springfield, Ohio 45505 or at https://www.honorflight.org/donate-now/ . Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may also be shared at www.aumansinc.com for the Adam family. Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, Exeter Twp. is honored to serve Bill and his loving family.

  • FAMILY

  • Charles E Adam, Father (deceased)
  • Dorothy J Adam, Mother (deceased)
  • Patricia A Adam, Wife (deceased)
  • Sherry Birch, Daughter
  • Eric Adam, Son
  • Tim Birch, Son-in-law
  • Kelly Adam, Daughter-in-law
  • Barbara Ford, Sister (deceased)
  • Devon Smith, Grandson
  • Calvin Smith, Grandson
  • Levis Smith, Grandson
  • Tyler Adam, Grandson
  • Ryan Birch, Grandson
  • Isabella Adam, Great Granddaughter
  • Annalise Adam, Granddaughter
  • Mr. Adam also leaves behind 5 Great Grandchildren to cherish his memory.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Saturday, August 3, 2019
  • Graveside Committal Saturday, August 3, 2019

Memories

William "Bill" Edward Adam

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Jennifer Morrow

August 2, 2019

Eric, I want to send my condolences to you and your family.

Floyd Turner

August 2, 2019

Anyone who knows a Submariner would be aware that they’re a little different and a rather unique breed. I make no claims as to whether Submariners are better or worse than any other, merely that their willingness to do a job encased within a submerged steel tube that’s being stressed nearly to its breaking-point may not be for everyone. And, when you also introduce high explosives, high voltage, and high pressure air it makes life within the steel tube a bit more…interesting.
Because of the job we do and environment we do it in, we tend to be very particular about the company we keep. We spend a great deal of time together and we rely on each other to do all the things that need to be done in order to complete our mission and keep us alive.
When Bill first entered the Navy he went through a variety of schooling and training. However, his real test came when he reported onboard his first submarine. Whether Bill would pass or fail would be decided by his shipmates. Specifically, those shipmates Qualified in Submarines. Although I wasn’t there with Bill, I know how hard he studied to learn every system, to understand what to do in the event of virtually any emergency, and get every signature he needed to prove his knowledge. After many, many hours, having successfully completed the rigorous professional requirements for qualification in submarines, having gained a thorough knowledge of submarine construction and operation, having demonstrated his reliability under stress, and having our full confidence and trust, Bill earned his Dolphins and the designation; Qualified in Submarines.
Bill was a valued Submariner and patriot who will be sorely missed. Although he’s now departed on Eternal Patrol and is in the company of other heroes like himself, his honored memory will be alive with us and we’ll serve with him again when we are also ordered to Eternal Patrol.
Floyd Turner, Chaplain & Past Commander, Reading Base, USSVI

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