George Elmer Adams of Columbia, Missouri was born on October 21, 1931 to Phillip Marion and Millie Neleta (nee Kimberlin) Adams and passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the age of 88 years.
George attended Long Ridge rural school through eighth grade and graduated from Steelville High School in 1949. He then earned his B.S. in Vocational Agricultural Education from the University of Missouri and taught at Galt, Missouri.
George began work in October 1956 for the Missouri Highway Department (now MoDOT) in Columbia, Missouri on one of the first sections of I-70 to be built. He retired in February 1993.
George married Sharon Thomas in 1963 and built a home near Columbia, Missouri. George and Sharon returned to the farm in 2006 to care for his brother, Henry and sister, Pauline.
Skills he developed in working with engines, equipment, appliances and construction were shared with family, neighbors, co-workers and friends. His interest in family and community history plus a challenge from his college English teacher led him to begin 30 years later to write a book about the Adams family and Long Ridge Community.
George and Sharon enjoyed camping vacations and visited many parks and historic sites in 49 states.
He was a scout leader for several years. When he retired from MoDOT, the only item on his bucket list was to drive the Alcan Highway (1,523 miles through Canada and Alaska) and he did that in 1993.
He was a member of the Steelville Presbyterian Church at the time of his death. One of his volunteer activities when he was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Columbia was welding parts for building the P.E.T. (the Personal Energy Transportation hand cranked mobility device for leg handicapped persons throughout the world).
He was preceded in death by one brother, Henry; eight sisters and seven brothers-in-law, Neola McKay and husband Mac, Pauline Adams, Ava Comfort and husband Glen, Betty Ferrell and husband Lewis, Opal Comfort and husband Louis, Anna Marie Horn and husband Robert, Dorothy Weber and husband Bob, Neleta Maloney and husband Bryce; and one niece, Janet (Ferrell) Parrett.
He is survived by wife, Sharon of Columbia, Missouri; sons, Phillip Marion Adams of O’Fallon, Missouri and Michael Thomas Adams of Kansas City, Missouri; grandson, Dustin Michael Adams of Lees Summit, Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Leon and Lynn Thomas; nieces and nephews, Marian (John) Roberts, Ray Comfort, Phyllis (Wally) Burr, Charles (Wands) Ferrell, Eddie (Val) Ferrell, Linda (Ray) Kendrick, Shirley Comfort, Gale (Ralph) Teasley, Kim (Keith) Busche, Todd Horn, Lisa (Carey) Hollander, Rebecca (Bruce) Fleahmann, Leslie Trossett, Cindy (Steve) Jackson, Julie (Chuck) Murray, Debbie (Joe) Juntti, Diane (Mike) O’Rourke, Becky (John) Imes; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020 with Rev. Mike Reno officiating. Special music of “Precious Memories,” “He’ll Understand” and “On the Other Side” was played. Memories were shared by his son, Mike.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Pleasant Point Cemetery, Steelville, Missouri.
Casket bearers were Ralph Teasley, Nick Lukefahr, Keith Busche, Mike O’Rourke, Rodney Weaver and Jared Parrett.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.