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Name: Donald E. Adams (Nickname = Don)
Spouse: Barbara Ann Lafever Adams (Nickname = Barb)
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1957 Attended from 6 through 12

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Birthdate: June 28, 1938   
Date of Death: March 2, 2015  

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Donald E. Adams, 76, of Fort Wayne, passed on Monday March 2, 2015, in Sebring, Florida. Born June 28, 1938, in Tyner, Indiana, he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Adams.

Donald was married to Betty Jean Drews; she preceded him in death on April 14, 1992.

Donald was a 1957 graduate of Columbia City High School; served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961; retired from NECA-IBEW in 1998. He was Past Master of Masonic Lodge 189 of Columbia City; Whitley County Mizpah Shrine, Loyal Order of Moose, American Legion Post 82, Comanche Society, FAA Experimental Repair.

Don's passions were spending winters at his Florida home, flying his airplanes, building experimental aircraft, boating, fishing, enjoying friends, and most of all spending time with his children, grandchildren and pet "Tuffy".

"Don was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a great friend to many. He was always willing to drop everything to help anyone, anytime. He will be greatly missed and remembered by us all!"

Surviving are his wife, Barbara LaFever-Adams of Fort Wayne; daughters, Gia Adams and Mary Adams, both of Columbia City; sisters, Patricia (Richard) Farmer of Sebring FL and Ruth (Rick) Peairs of Atascadero CA; brother, Robert (Nancy) Adams of Union KY; stepdaughters, Tamara Martin and Wendy Rotering of Indiana; son, Timothy J. LaFever of Indiana; grandchildren, Kelly Petty and Keona Conway, both of Tennessee, Jesica Stevens of Indiana, Troy Adams and Jeremy Bogner, Dakota and Jacob Heaton, all of Columbia City; step grandchildren, Travis and Tracy Martin, Jenna Jines and Corey Olinger, Timothy and Marie LaFever, all of Indiana; and seven great-grandchildren, Haley, Taylor, Chloe, Addy, Brentley, Nehemiah, and Jason.

A Memorial celebration of life for friends and family is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2015 with a Masonic Service following at 7 p.m. at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, 207 N. Main St., Columbia City.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home. The burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery.

March 7, 2015:

Donald E. Adams, 76, of Fort Wayne and Sebring, Florida, formerly of Columbia City, died in a single engine airplane crash at 11:49 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015 in Sebring.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Barbara LaFever-Adams; two daughters, Mary Adams and Gia Adams, both of Columbia City; two sisters, Patricia (Richard) Farmer of Sebring, FL and Ruth (Rick) Peairs of Atascadero, CA; one brother Robert (Nancy) Adams of Union KY.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mary Adams.

Arrangements are pending for mid April at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.

Summer e-mail address -; mailing address: 10911 Mill Lake Cove, Fort Wayne, IN 46845
Last Updated: 05-10-2015 Alumni ID: 13097
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