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Richard H. Adams

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 4:50 p.m. CDT

Richard H. Adams, 85, Oregon, died early Wednesday, May 14, 2014 after a stroke.

He was born to Lois (Negley) and Harry Adams on August 30, 1928 in Canton, Ill. and was raised in Normal, Ill. where he graduated from high school.

In 1948 he married Betty Jean Petefish of Jacksonville. He graduated from Normal State University with a degree in Industrial Arts.

Richard enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and served in Tokyo as the manager of the craft shop on base. He and Betty lived in Tokyo for 1 ½ years.

He began his career teaching graphic arts and practicing his printing craft at a weekly newspaper.

For seven years he owned Adams Print Shop in Minot, North Dakota, and in 1964 moved to Oregon to work at Kable Printing Company in Mt. Morris for 14 years.

From 1978-1993, he served the farming community as the joint owner of K&M Feed Store in Oregon.

Richard’s life reflects his faith and his convictions. He believed that service to others was a responsibility and that all work was honorable; both were a source of fun and pleasure.

His time was never wasted.

He was a Melvin Jones Fellow of the Oregon Lions Club where he started the annual Rock River Canoe Rally. He was a leader in his church, a Cub Scout PackMaster for eight years, a board member for Ogle County Habitat for Humanity and Ogle County Hospice, and a joint founder of the Fields Project and the Community Arts Legacy.

At the age of 80, he and Betty led their extended family on a mission trip to Arica, Chile.

In 2000 the Oregon Chamber of Commerce recognized Richard and Betty as joint Citizens of the Year.  His marriage to Betty was a 65-year collaboration in parenting, entrepreneurial endeavors, and community service.

Richard was never afraid of a challenge; if he thought it could be done then he taught himself how to do it. One interest led to another, then another, then another, from restoring a Model A Ford, to restoring a wooden canoe, to building a split-level log cabin, to learning to play the tuba in his 80s.

He was a natural teacher who taught his children and grandchildren his values and his skills. He wanted to learn, then do and understand, and finally, share.

He is survived by his beloved wife Betty, Oregon; his sister Donna (Allan) Allers, Boise, Idaho; his children Martha (Tim) Bohrer, Chicago, Linda (Charlie) Adams, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., and Jeffrey (Kathy) Adams, Oregon; and five grandchildren, Anna Bohrer, Chicago, Greg (Tova) Bohrer, Minneapolis, Minn., Karl Schleevogt, Appleton, Wis., Michelle Schleevogt, Chicago, and Jacob Adams, Oregon.

Visitation will be held at Oregon United Methodist Church from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, May 16, with a memorial service at the Oregon United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Barbara Good officiating.

Memorials may be directed to the Community Art Legacy, Oregon, Ill.

Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon assisted the family with arrangements. Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to leave online condolences.

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