COLBY, Kan. -- Charles Louis Adams was born south of Levant, Kan., Sept. 15, 1917, to Thomas Vernon and Annie (Reid) Adams. He attended school in Thomas and Sherman counties. In 1936, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps to help support his mother, brothers and sisters at home.
He married Charlotte Marie Holcomb, April 6, 1941, in Atwood, where he worked as a truck driver for Niswonger Hay & Grain until he went into the army in May of 1942. He served in Italy during World War II where he was wounded twice and received the bronze star twice. He was discharged in June of 1945, just before the end of the war in Europe.
Upon his return from the Army he moved to Herndon, where he ran the grain elevator and feed mill for Niswonger Grain. In 1955, he became a rural mail carrier and carried mail out of the Herndon Post Office until 1967, when he transferred to the Oberlin Post Office. He retired from the postal service in 1983. He was also an electrician and worked at that until he was 77 years old.
In 1980, they moved to Oberlin, where he built his own home and they lived there until July 2001, when they moved to Colby.
Two sons were born to Charles and Charlotte, Charles Louis, II and William Vernon. Charles loved to have his sons work with him and taught them how to wire and how to dig out of the ditch when he got stuck in the mud and snow carrying mail.
Charles and Charlotte celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this year.
While in Herndon, Charles was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, served on the school board and city council and was Mayor for 12 years. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Herndon, the Covenant Church in Oberlin and the Berean Church in Colby. Charles was a member of the Gideons International and loved to distribute testaments to the children in the Oberlin school.
Charles went to be with the Lord on Oct. 3, 2002, at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Roy, Everett and Ray; and five sisters, Edna Parsons, Ethel Halberg, Fannie Harrison and two in infancy. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; two sons, Charles and wife, Sharon of Austin, Texas, and Bill and wife, Teri of Colby; grandchildren, Lee and wife, Laura, Shane and wife, Noemi of Austin, Texas, Craig and wife, Amanda of Menlo, Kan. and Sheila of Colby; great-grandchildren, Nick, Ben and Jason; a brother, Lawrence and wife, Tina of Denver, Colo.; nieces, nephews and friends.
Dear Family & Friends,
We wish to thank all who remembered us in our time of sorrow.
The Family of Charles L. Adams.