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John Adams

November 9, 1943 — March 27, 2020

John Franklin Adams, the son of Charles Leonard and Margaret Violet Serena (McPherren) Adams was born on November 9, 1943, in Corning, Iowa. He lived and worked on the family farm southeast of Corning until he graduated from high school in 1961.
After graduation, John took a job as a surveyor for the Iowa Department of Transportation and joined the National Guard. John became a Party Chief Surveyor and worked for the DOT for 45 years. He traveled all over Iowa and while working in Sigourney, Iowa, he met Sandra. They were united in marriage on January 21, 1967, in DeWitt, Iowa. Soon after a daughter, Rene, was born and they all traveled with John while working. Right before a second daughter, Nicole, was born the family moved to Roland, Iowa. They lived in Roland for 38 years until moving back to Corning in 2009.
John enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, and golfing. He went on many ice fishing trips to Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. During the summer months, there were many fishing trips on the Mississippi River. Family outings of golfing were enjoyed for many years. He was involved in the planning and organizing of many DOT surveyor golf tournaments.
After retirement, John enjoyed watching the grandchildren play volleyball, basketball, baseball, football, and t-ball. He also still enjoyed fishing. John was a member of the American Legion.
Left to cherish John’s memory is his wife Sandy of Corning; daughters: Rene (James) Rogers of Bedford; Nicole (Steve) Shead, Smithville, Missouri; three grandchildren: Danielle, Timothy, Daniel; sister-in-law: Barb Adams; other relatives and friends.
Preceding John in death were his parents: brother: Michael Adams; nephew: Mick Adams.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

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701 7th Street, Corning, IA 50841

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