Kenneth Delmar Adams was born on March 15, 1919 in Danbury County, Iowa, to Calvin Christopher “C.R.” and Flora Alice (Zirschky) Adams. He departed this life on October 26, 2011 in Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri, after a short illness.
Kenneth grew up in Iowa, Missouri, and Idaho. His parents eventually settled in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, where Kenneth completed eighth grade before going to work to help his family. As a result, he put great value in education and encouraged his children and grandchildren to work toward a college degree.
Kenneth was a World War II veteran. He served in the United States Army as a gunner in the Central Pacific and took part in three major invasions. Following his discharge and his return to Mtn. Grove, Kenneth married Mary Elizabeth Pollock.
He worked as a welder for a brief time before joining the United States Postal Service. Kenneth was a city mail carrier, a clerk, and a rural mail carrier until his retirement in 1975.
He and Mary had two daughters, Susan Elizabeth and Linda Elaine.
After Mary’s death in 1976, Kenneth married Jean Rubley in 1978. They made their home in the Mtn. Grove and Cabool areas until 1987, when they moved to Homestead, Florida.
Kenneth and Jean enjoyed living in Homestead until they met Hurricane Andrew. They then moved north to Sebring, Florida. They lived there until Jean’s death in 1998.
In 2000, Kenneth moved back to Mtn. Grove, which he considered his home. He lived in Mtn. Grove until 2008 and then moved to Landmark Villa in Cabool, Missouri.
Kenneth was a lifetime member of VFW Post 473 in Cabool, an American Legion Post 30 member in Mtn. Grove and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He also belonged to the Rural Mail Carrier’s Association. He served each organization in various offices and also served as a Mtn. Grove city councilman.
Kenneth was an animal lover and trained beagles and English setters. He enjoyed hunting and also judged beagle field trials. Later in life, he enjoyed building and shooting black powder weapons.
His other interests were coin collecting, woodworking, and growing tomatoes that he generously shared. His goal each year was to have a ripe tomato before July 1. His favorite activity was fishing with his nephew, Larry, and later with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives; his sister, Leota Keyes; and two sons-in-law, Gordon R. Donnalley II and Thomas Franey.
He is survived by his daughters, Susan Colson and husband Larry of Mtn. Grove and Linda Franey of Fenton, Missouri; one son, Earl Rubley and wife Mary Jane of Miami, Florida; five grandchildren, Gordon R. Donnalley III and wife Samantha of Cabool, Kenneth C. Donnalley of Springfield, Missouri, Elizabeth Franey of Fenton, Heidi Rubley of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Jennifer Reed and husband Ken of Springfield, Illinois; six great-grandchildren, Madison and Ella Donnalley of Cabool, Phoenix Breau and husband John, and Raven and Lexi LeBlanc of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Sidney Setzer of Springfield, Illinois; one great-great-grandson, Dawsyn Glenn Breau; two nieces that he considered little sisters, Norma Jean Cochran and Lois Hey and husband Don, all of the State of California; a nephew, Larry Keyes and wife Linda of Davenport, Iowa; many cousins, friends, and caregivers, who along with his family will miss him greatly.
Kenneth was a devoted son, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to many. He will never be forgotten.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 4, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Roger Flint officiating. Betty Dale will provide the music. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove, Missouri.