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Charles M. “Charlie” Adams, of Fayette, passed away at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. He was 89 years old.

He was born Jan. 19, 1924, in Muncie, Ind., to Paul and Frances Adams.  Charlie married his loving wife, Betty Krauter in 1947 and she survives at the family home.  

Also surviving are his children, Ellen Bean (John) of Call, Texas; Steve Adams of Salinas, Calif., and Mark Adams (Rosmarie) of Fayette; a brother, Paul Adams (Barbara) of Boulder City, Nev.; grandchildren, Joe Adams (Angie) of Riverton, Ill.; Krystle Adams of Springfield, Ill.; Jeffrey Paulette (Valerie), Larry Paulette (Emily) and James Paulette all of Springfield, Mo.; four great-grandchildren, two nieces and their families and many friends.

Mr. Adams attended the University of Arizona and left to enlist in the Marine Corps in March of 1943.  He attended basic training at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif.  He proudly served in the South Pacific, specifically on the island of Iwo Jima and the Occupation of Japan with the 5th Marine Division form October 1945 to March 1946.  Fifty-seven years after his honorable service, he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received on Iwo Jima.

Following his service, he completed college at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., receiving a degree in animal science in 1950.  He then taught vocational agriculture in Lancaster, Calif.  He was later approached by the Antelope Valley Poultry Processors to build and manage a chicken plant in Lancaster.  Charlie later joined Ralston Purina Company as a sales manager.  He had a successful career as a salesman and business manager which concluded at Alltech, a bio technology company in Lexington, Ky.

In 1996, Charlie and Betty retired to their farm northeast of Fayette where he enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming. Also during retirement Charlie was actively involved in area community service as a member of Faith Family Church, current commander of the American Legion Post #273, Fayette-Armstrong Community Betterment, Howard County Economic Development, a past member of Fayette Main Street Organization and served on the Endless Options Board.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Faith Family Fellowship. No visitation. Charlie’s place of rest will be on his farm in the Adams Family Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Charlie Adams Memorial Youth Camp Fund, at Faith Family Fellowship, P.O. Box 512, Fayette, MO 65248.

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