John Adams

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 3:15 pm

John Adams, 93, of Waucoma, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waucoma, with Rev. Nick March celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed by John’s 11 children and his wife, Norma. Lectors for the service are John Adams, Gerry Adams and Edna Stahley. Presenting the offertory gifts are Kole Adams, Vivian Searcy, Sara Adams, Mia Buckendahl and Annie Adams. Interment is at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waucoma, with Charlie Brannon, Eddie Brannon, Robert Adams, Paul Adams, Scott Searcy, Karl Curry, Sam Garles and Nathan Adams serving as pallbearers. Military rights will be conducted by the Waucoma American Legion Post No. 189, as well as by members of the U.S. Marine Corps. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waucoma, where there is a 2:50 p.m. rosary and an 8 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues one hour prior to the Mass Friday. Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Waucoma is in charge of arrangments. Online condolences for John’s family may be left at

John “Jack” Adams was born April 2, 1922, in Eden Township near Waucoma, the son of William and Maude (Baskerville) Adams. In his younger years, John had a trickster spirit and had a magnificent sense of humor. Jack, as he was known, graduated from the Waucoma Public High School in 1939 and from Iowa State College in 1946. He joined the United States Marine Corps as a reservist March 6, 1942, and was discharged as a Private First Class in November 1945. He was a combat infantryman in the Pacific in a rifle company, serving in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Jack married the love of his life, Norma Tomasek, Aug. 20, 1947. The couple had met years prior when they were in high school band together. He was active in his adopted church and served in different capacities on several different boards. He worked and lived for his family and was proud of all of them. He was always a man of strong faith and integrity. He had great values and always said that his word was his bond and he expected no less from his children.

Jack is survived by his wife, Norma; 11 children: Bill (Nita Kuboushek) Adams of Spillville, Kathleen (Edward) Curry of McHenry, Ill., Rebecca Searcy of Decorah, Samuel (Bonnie Benz) Adams of Spillville, Gerry Garles of Fairfield, John Adams of Lorton, Va., Scott (Jeanie Busta) Adams of Waucoma, Bruce (Lolita Kuboushek) Adams of Waucoma, Jim (Juile White) Adams of Missouri Valley, Jeff (Judy Zoulek) Adams of Spillville, Edna (Albert) Stahley of Waucoma; 30 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren with one more on the way; one sister, Roberta Brannon of New Hampton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Ralph W. Adams; two grandchildren, Angel Adams and William Adams.

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