Marlin L. Adams, 85, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. Rev. Dr. Jean Ziettlow of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars will officiate. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the funeral service on Saturday. Marlin has donated his body to medical research and a burial service will take place at a later date at the Correctionville Cemetery in Correctionville, Iowa. Honorary pallbearers are Kathryn Adams, Alex Adams, Nathanael Adams, Virgil Dickman, Brad Ufken and Jordan Johnson.
Marlin Lee Adams was born on July 18, 1932 on a farm in Dickinson County, Iowa to Palen and Hazel (Johnson) Adams. He graduated from Lake Park High School in 1951. After graduation, Marlin assisted his family with farming.
On November 9, 1955, Marlin was inducted into the United States Army. He served as a Field Artillery Radar Crewman until earning an Honorable Discharge on November 8, 1957. Marlin returned home and began working for Maynard Johnson driving a gravel truck. He later took a job with Lee Johnson on a road construction crew as well as working for Midwest Paving, Brower, Des Moines Asphalt, Hallett, Rohline and Dobson Brothers over the years.
On November 6, 1960, Marlin and Ona Lorraine Harrison were united in marriage at Correctionville, Iowa. They lived throughout the Midwest while Marlin worked road construction until his health forced his retirement in 2005.
Marlin loved playing with, and spoiling, his grandchildren. He found pleasure working in the yard and vegetable gardening. He had great pride in sharing the bounties of his harvest with friends and family. When not working in his yard, Marlin enjoyed his trips to the casino.
Grateful to have shared his life is his wife of 57 years, Lorraine Adams of Le Mars, IA; a son and his wife, Rex and Deanna Adams of Dahinda, IL; a daughter, Shari Adams of Le Mars, IA; a son and his wife, Joe and Bethene Adams of Council Bluffs, IA; three grandchildren, Kathryn, Alex and Nathanael Adams; a sister, Betty Boettcher of Liberty, MO; sisters-in-law Peggy Adams of Okoboji, IA and Cheryl Harrison of Correctionville, IA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Virgil and Melva Dickman of Coon Rapids, IA; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Dean Adams; sister-in-law, Francis Schwaller; and brothers-in-law, Ray Boettcher, Lorn Harrison and Leon Harrison.