Richard D. Adams

Richard D. Adams

FAIRMONT — A private family service for Richard “Dick” D. Adams, age 86, of Fairmont, Minn., will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020, with interment at the Dunbar Cemetery, rural Wells, Minn.

Dick passed away Saturday morning, June 20, 2020, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to Habitat for Humanity of Martin County.

Richard Dale Adams was born Sept. 6, 1933, the son of Elsie and Hubert Adams of Webb, Iowa. Dick was a graduate of Linn Grove High School in Linn Grove, Iowa. He then served in the U.S. Army as a heavy machinery mechanic from 1955-1958, based in Japan during the Korean War.

Following his military service, he returned to college and received a master’s degree in Christian education from Scarritt College in Nashville, Tenn. It was during this time that he met Millicent Peterson, whom he married following graduation in 1963.

Richard served as a Director of Christian Education for the United Methodist Church in Liberal, Kansas, and at United Methodist Church in Fairmont, Minn. He also worked for Holly Park Industries and retired after 15 years at Telex in Blue Earth, Minn.

Richard was best known for his volunteer activities. He served as a Scoutmaster and councilman for Troop 57 Boy Scouts, served as a mentor for the Junior High Success Academy, volunteered at Five Lakes Elementary School, working with students on their reading skills, and worked with the Key Club at the high school.

Richard was a member of the Early Risers Kiwanis Club and Toastmasters, served as a driver for the American Cancer Society and the Fairmont Health Care Center, and volunteered at Lakeview Methodist Home. He spent many hours working on building projects for Habitat for Humanity and served in numerous roles within the United Methodist Church.

In recognition of his service, Richard was named Male Volunteer of the Year for Martin County, and first runner-up for the State Volunteer of the Year. He was honored in 2013 with the Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds award and was selected as a Friend of Education for helping a third-grade class with reading and spelling.

Richard was a gifted wood carver and carpenter and spent many hours fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Millicent; son, Jeffrey (Paulette) Adams; daughter, Jennifer (Scott) Davis; grandchildren, Joshua and Rose; brother, Duane “Pete” (Pat) Adams; sister, Pat (Ron) Reese; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Russell Roberts.