Joseph E. Adams was born on March 19, 1932, in Decatur and died on June 12, 2011, in Rochester, Minnesota.
He was the loving husband of 57 years to Janet S. Adams, who passed in March.
He was also the devoted father of Kathleen L. (Scott) Wickman and the dear grandfather of Lauren, Brennan, and Sean.
He was the son of Bernice Sorg Adams and the brother-in-law of Rita (David) Moore, Patricia (Steve) Spoltman, the late James Osterman, Nita Gidley, Julia Gilles, Warren (Barbara) Gidley, and George (Sonja) Gilles.
Joseph was a sales representative with Herff Jones for over 30 years. He was extremely active at St. Stephens Parish, involved with human concerns, dinners, and the parish council.
He had been an external volunteer assessor for over 20 years at Alverno College and was active in the Bong Eagles, an antique airplane modelers club.
He loved traveling, bird watching, and men's basketball at Marquette University.
Above all else, Joseph dearly loved, and was dearly loved by, his family.
Memorial visitation will be on Tuesday, June 21, from 10-11 a.m. at St. Stephens Catholic Church, 1441 W. Oakwood Rd., in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.
If desired, memorials to the St. Stephens Church Building Fund will be appreciated.
Funeral arrangements were by Prasser-Kleczka South Suburban Chapel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.