Wayne Adams, 1949-2018

Published 1:00 am Friday, July 20, 2018

Funeral services for Wayne A. Adams will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bonnerup Funeral Home in Albert Lea. The Rev. Daphne Hamborg will officiate. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Military honors will be provided by Albert Lea veterans organizations.

Wayne Adams

Wayne passed away surrounded by family on his 69th birthday, which was Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.

Wayne Allen Adams was born July 18, 1949, in Freeborn County to Francis “Shorty” and Ellen (Jacobson) Adams. He went to school and graduated from Albert Lea High School. After high school Wayne enlisted in the United States Navy, where he serviced his country in active service from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1971.

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Shortly after his return, Wayne married Gloria (Overland) on Nov. 25, 1972, at Lunder Lutheran Church. To this union, three children were born. The couple were members of Lunder Lutheran Church in rural Albert Lea. Wayne was also a member of the Jaycees.

Wayne worked hard during his lifetime, leading him to many different job opportunities. He started his career working at Universal Milking as a foreman for eight years. He then owned and operated many different operations in the area, including Adams Auto Repair, Frames R Us, the Music Center in the Skyline Mall, Wayne’s Video World and the Pizza Place in the courtyard at Northbridge Mall. He later worked at Jeff’s Transmission as a mechanic and as a foreman for Sun Rooms Concept. Following his retirement, he and his wife enjoyed wintering in Florida for many years.

When Wayne wasn’t working, he enjoyed camping, boating and skiing on Lake Francis in Waterville. He liked to socialize, always striking up conversations with other people. Wayne was also very talented, having helped remodel a few homes in the area.

Wayne is preceded in death by both parents, Francis “Shorty” and Ellen Adams; and siblings Steve Adams and Judy Adams.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Gloria Adams; daughter, Sheila (Jessie) Guerra, and their children Vince and Jared; son, Chad (Karen) Adams, and their children Shelby (Chandler Breuer) Adams and their son, Oliver, Paige Adams, Sawyer Adams and Joseph Adams; son, Michael (Stephanie) Adams, and their son, Carter Adams; and brother, Terry Adams; as well as many loving extended relatives and friends.