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Robert L. Adams, 93, of Sebring, Florida died on March 3, 2011. He had lived at the Palms of Sebring in Florida and was receiving Good Shepherd Hospice Care.
He was born in Van Buren Township, Putnam County, Ohio to Virgil and Ruth Adams. The family moved to Indiana in 1927 and Robert graduated from Lapaz High School, Lapaz in 1935. He married Mary E. Martin Dec. 11, 1937. They celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary just before she died March 9, 2010.
Children surviving are Don (Barbara) Adams of Fort Wayne and Sebring, Fla., Pat (Richard) Farmer of Sebring, Ruth (Rick) Peairs of Atascadero, Calif. and Bob (Nancy) Adams of Union, Ky. Brothers surviving are Clifford and Jim Adams of Plymouth. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
One brother, Stuart and an infant sister, Gertrude Louise preceded him in death. Three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter are deceased.
Robert worked at Kingsbury Ordinance Plant, Ball Band and Studebakers, as well as farmed an 80-acre farm near Tyner. In 1950 he sold that farm and bought a 160-acre farm in Columbia City. He farmed full-time until 1972 when he went to work for the Whitley County Highway Department. The last four years he was the superintendent and he retired at 62. They purchased a home in Sebring in 1979 and sold the farm.
For several years they wintered in Florida and summered in Columbia City. He was a member of the ASC board, helped assess property for Thorncreek Township, was on the school board and a member of the Eagles in Columbia City. He was a volunteer and member of the Sebring Recreational Club and helped to maintain the shuffleboard courts. He loved to play shuffleboard and achieved state pro status by winning points at many tournaments. He also had a workshop where he made many woodworking projects for his family.
The funeral service will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the donorâ€™s favorite charity or Good Shepherd Hospice, Sebring, Fla.