METROPOLIS, Ill. — Mr. William “Bill” Elmer Adams, age 94, of Metropolis, Ill., passed peacefully from this earthly life at an early 3:30 a.m. on May 13, 2013, just as he did everything in his life; ready to go, ready to meet his heavenly father and family!
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Metropolis.
Bill loved his family, all of his dogs and friends and enjoyed the outdoors, music, family gatherings, hunting and fishing. Mr. Adams was a big game hunter and had published many stories about his safari in Africa. Bill had hunted in other continents as well with his deceased wife, Patsy. Bill had been a professional boxer, a drummer in his own 13- piece orchestra sitting in with Woody Herman and other famous musicians, owned a dry cleaning business in Mounds, Ill,, was district manager and highest salesman of an insurance company and was also a local business man in Metropolis, owning the Trophy Den Bar and The Dollar Store.
After retiring, Bill became certified in scuba diving, traveled the Southwest many times and made numerous trips to Mexico City with his wife, Lucy. He continued to fish and deer hunt until he was no longer physically able to do so. You have heard the Nike phrase “Just Do It”. Well, Bill “Did It”! Bill was an exceptional dad to his two children Peggy and Steve. He was also a loving husband to first, Patsy for 33 years and then Lucy for 29 years. Mr. Adams now resides in the “happy ground,” which he often referred to as heaven.
Bill was born in Marion, Ill., February 23, 1919. He grew up on the Ohio River in America, Ill. He graduated Mounds City High School in 1934 at the age of 15, being accelerated two grades. Bill’s parents were the late Clate and Rose Tucker Adams, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Patsy Lou Rick Adams.
Bill is survived by his wife, Lucy Rutzka De Adams; his favorite dog, Tuffy; his daughter, Peggy Adams Willoughby Colson and husband Ronald of Murray, Ky.; his son, Steve Adams and wife Sheila of Metropolis, Ill.; his grandchildren, Stephen Chad Willoughby of Murray, Ky., Karen Adams, Melinda Adams, and Sidney Adams, all of Metropolis, Ill.; his stepgrandchildren, Josh Swenney of San Diego, Calif., and Angel Clements of Murray, Ky.; his great-grandchildren, Imogen Willoughby and Kaiyah Adams.
Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home on Thursday, May 16, 2013.