John Stark Adams Jr.

On Monday, January 9, 2023, John Stark Adams, Jr. passed away after a short illness. He is survived by his wife, Susan Jane Hawthorn Adams, of the home, son John Stark Adams, III (Renee), grandchildren, Spencer, Blake, Avery, and Aidan Adams of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, and his pup Heidi. He is also survived by daughters Jessica Lynn of Ft. Dodge, IA, and Rebecca Marie of NJ, sister Gwendy Sue (Stinky) Olivarez, DeSoto, KS, nieces Courtney (Steve) Otter, Casey (Charlie) Fitzgerald, and Carey (Scott) Hass. A loving extended family of aunts, cousins, great-nieces, and great-nephews also survives him.

John loved spending time with his family and friends in the Boy Scouts, hunting, and camping. In addition, he inherited a love of photography from his father and grandfather. John graduated from Lawrence High School in 1969, then joined the U.S. Navy as a radar technician. He served on three destroyers in his 16-year career: USS Lawrence, USS John King, and USS Claude V. Ricketts. During this time, he formed life-long friendships. His home base was Virginia Beach, VA, where he enjoyed spending time with his wife Susie and his pups. After retirement, he and Susie moved to Sioux City, IA, where he loved cheering on his KU Jayhawks just like his mama. John had a kind heart, a generous spirit, and a quick wit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Stark Adams, Sr. and Naomi (Toni) Lee Faulk Adams, his daughter Shelly Ann Adams, his grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family is planning a celebration of life in the summer. Donations can be made to the American Red Cross in the care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence, KS.

4 Condolences

  1. Ron & Kathy Baker on January 22, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Ron remembers many good times in Boy Scouts, the fun had on the Lake Dabinawa Boy Scout camping trips, as well as the old Lawrence High School days.
    Rest In Peace, John. You will be missed by many.

  2. Ed Bledsoe on January 23, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    My deepest sympathies for Johns family!
    My parents use to go to their parents house to play cards! I, my brother and sister spent many evening’s playing with John and Gwendy! It was always fun and we all had a good time. So all my memories are good.

  3. Jim Compton on January 23, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    My most sincere sympathies to Susie and the family, plus all his other friends. I have so many great memories of John from Central Junior High and Lawrence High, plus all the Boy Scout activities. It was great to have the Adams family partway down Lake Dabinawa from our family’s cabin as we continued various swimming, boating, fishing, and frogging activities after our school years. Rest well, John.

  4. Chris Hahn on January 24, 2023 at 9:11 am

    I am so sad and sorry to hear of John’s passing. We were friends through our years at Central Jr. High and LHS. Later we remained friends via Facebook. My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family during this time of loss.

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