John J. AdamJohn J. Adam, 69, Grand Forks, N.D., died Monday, June, 27, 2011, at Golden Living Center, Moorhead, Minn.
John J. Adam
John J. Adam, 69, Grand Forks, N.D., died Monday, June, 27, 2011, at Golden Living Center, Moorhead, Minn.
John Jay Adam was born Jan. 8, 1942, in Minot, N.D., to Jacob J. and Barbara (Bliss) Adam of Drake, N.D., the second of three children. John was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Drake, and graduated from Drake Public High School in 1960. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1963, stationed in Worms, Germany. In 1967, John married Suzanne Park. They purchased the Adam farm at Drake and started a dairy operation there. A daughter, Rachelle, was born. John and Sandra (Kaibel) Kingston became the parents of a daughter, Janell. The family moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., where he was employed by Color Tile, laying tile and remodeling homes. He moved to Minot in 1983, where he helped remodel a commercial building for the Red Pepper restaurant, which he subsequently managed. In 1985, John moved to Grand Forks, where he worked as a manager at the Red Pepper for his sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Bruce Tellmann.
John and Eileen Kastner, formerly of Minot, shared their lives in Grand Forks for 27 years, until his death. He was interested in business and sales, and enjoyed setting up and organizing various endeavors. John worked at the Fabulous Westward Ho Motel off-sale bottle shop. He was employed as a driver for Railroad Crew Transport for seven years, until retiring in 2004, for health reasons. He was kind and affectionate, loved to fish and was at his happiest when figuring out a project, laughing at old stories, or telling one of his own.
John is survived by Eileen Kastner, Grand Forks; daughters, Rachelle (David) Means, Whitefish, Mont.; Janell Caudle, Napa, Calif.; four grandchildren, Caden and Taylor Means, Whitefish, and Blake and Makayla Caudle, Napa; his sister, Janet Tellmann, Grand Forks; four nephews, three nieces, 19 great-nieces and great-nephews and two aunts.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and John B. Paul; and brother-in-law, Bruce Tellmann.
Memorial Service: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, in the Gregory J. Norman Funeral Chapel, 2950 S. Washington St., Grand Forks.
Family Greeting: One hour prior to the memorial service in the funeral chapel on Thursday.
Interment: At a later date at the Drake Cemetery.
Military Honors Members of the American Legion Post 157, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817 and the North Dakota National Guard.
The online memorial registry may be signed at www.normanfuneral.com
(Gregory J. Norman-Norman Funeral Home, S. Washington St.)