James Russell Adams

September 9, 1927January 19, 2013

It is with heavy sadness that the family of James R. Adams announces his passing on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Ventura at the age of 86. He was born on September 9, 1926 in Venice, CA. Jim was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. He enjoyed sharing stories of his experiences, and to his death he was an avid supporter of our military. He moved from North Hollywood to Ventura in 1959, to take a job with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Jim worked for the department until 1987, retiring at the rank of Sergeant. He enjoyed fishing and camping all of his life, especially going up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and continued to do so well after his retirement. He also took up golfing after retiring, taking golfing trips all around the United States, England and Ireland. He took these trips with his best golfing buddy, Ernie Rogers. Jim is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 65 years, Barbara; daughter Jeanne Ogletree; son, John Adams; granddaughter Kris Ogletree Koczka (husband Mike) great-grandchildren Katie, Trevor and Joshua; brother Don Adams (wife Carol); and cousin Harry Adams. Jim’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thank you to his doctor, James Hornstein of Ventura, who was not only his family doctor for many years, but a good friend to Jim and his family at this difficult time. And also, to the caring doctors and nurses of ICU, CCU, and the 4th floor at Community Memorial Hospital, who cared for Jim during his valiant fight. Words cannot describe our gratitude to all of you. In accordance with Jim’s wishes, he was cremated, with no public funeral planned. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Condolences may be left at


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Bernie Furlong

February 10, 2013

I worked for Jim at the Honor Farm in 1983. We spent many a dawn shift asking questions and listening to stories from that most experienced Sgt. He was a joy to work for and will be missed.

Kelly Fadler

February 8, 2013

Jim was a role model and a mentor, not only at work but also in life. Jim was a quality human being, and his was a life well lived.

February 4, 2013

It has been many, many years but I remember Jim as another great gentleman who was always quite pleasant to be around and good to work with. One of the great "old school" cops like John Murphy, another favorite. Regards & condolences to Jim's family.

Ken Love (Battle Ground, WA)

June SeeryLovell

February 4, 2013

It is so typical of Sgt Adams to refuse a funeral, kind and modest, he quietly went about his job of providing guidance and knowledge to those of us who needed it the most (like me, obviously). He was the first male Sgt in the 'female jail'. I suspect that he wasn't near as apprehensive as we female deps were, but he came in and took charge without fanfare and immediately made our lives easier. Fair but firm (i know that sounds familiar), he handled the crazy drama of the inmates as well as that of the employees with a small smile, when appropriate, and stern but calm direction when it was called for. I am very sorry that we are not going to be afforded the opportunity to meet his family and tell them in person what a wonderful guy he was to work for.

February 2, 2013

I never met Mr. Adams, but as a friend of his daughter Jeanne, I have heard so much about him, I almost feel like I knew him as he sounded just like my own father. Jeanne loved her father so much that I ache for her and the pain she is going through at this time.

Jackie Dorfman (Oak View, CA)

Chance Buckman

February 2, 2013

I missed meeting Jim by just a short time.I regret that he never got to sleep on his new bed. God bless you Jim, and your family, and please look after Jeanne. Chance Buckman

Terri Jones

February 2, 2013

I never met Jim but I came to know him as a wonderful man, through a daughter who adored him. The empty space he leaves behind will soon be filled with all the memories of just how special he was.

George Conahey

February 2, 2013

Jim was my training officer when I was first hired. There was no academy when I began my career. I learned a lot from him, He was fair and usedm good judjment in every case. Iwas only with him for a month and then went to East Valley. Many of the things taught me stuck with me. I also played golf with Jim and Ernie.

Do you have any memoribilia from Jims career? They are starting a museam at th academy and would love to display items from oast .The memoribilia can be permanet or a temporary display.

George Conahey

Arnie Aviles

February 1, 2013

Jim and I worked the Main Jail, E.V Patrol and The Honor Farm together. He was so easy going and common sensical. He took lead car in a pursuit in T.O. one night and he never raised his voice over a whisper on the radio. Just didn't see Jim lose his cool. We played a lot of golf together. He has a special spot in my heart and prayers.

Janice Morrill

February 1, 2013

I worked with Sgt Adams from the mid 80's until he retired at the Honor Farm. His uniform appearence was always impecable. I remember him coming up to WOFAC (the woman's facility), leaning on the counter with his arms crossed and looking into the dorms of female inmates. He'd ask, "What's she doing? What's that one doing?" This would always send us scrambling to find out what was going on! His humor and dry wit were priceless as was his love for the Honor Farm cat- Rookie! RIP Jim...