Gerald W. Adams

1923 - 2013


In Loving Memory

Gerald W. Adams

October 8, 1923 – October 8, 2013

Walla Walla resident, Gerald W. Adams passed away

peacefully at his home on his 90th birthday, October 8,


Gerald was born October 8, 1923, in Portland,

Oregon, to J. Foster and Ruth Shoen Adams. He attended

school in Portland, Oregon, graduating from Benson

Polytechnic High School in January, 1942. He worked in

a railroad blacksmith shop for the Union Pacific Railroad

Company in Portland before entering the US Army Air

Force during World War II in April, 1943, serving until

discharged in October, 1945.

He flew 50 missions as a ball turret gunner on a

B-24 bomber in the 455th Bomb Group 15th AAR in Italy

in 1944. He received the Air Medal with three oak leaf

clusters, the Unit Citation Badge with oak leaf cluster and

the European Theater ribbon with five battle stars. He also

received the Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal,

and the American Theater ribbon plus a marksman’s

badge for the rifle and the sharpshooters badge for the


He worked for 37 years as a Brakeman and Conductor

for the Union Pacific Railroad Company, retiring in

January, 1984. While working on the railroad, he often

stayed nights in Spokane, Washington, making friends

there as well.

He enjoyed retirement, visiting family and a little

horse race gambling at Northwest Tracks and Reno,

Nevada. He followed all sports, especially baseball and ice

hockey and enjoyed reading, with biographies, history,

sports and current events his favorite topics.

He is survived by his step-daughter, Linda (James)

Weber; grandson, Gary (Michelle) Adams, Jr.; greatgrandson,

Wyatt Adams; four step-grandsons; five stepgreat-

grandchildren, a niece, nephew and cousin. He was

preceded in death by his parents; his son, Gary Adams,

Sr.; and his sister, Lois Yates.

At his request there will be service. Inurnment will

be private in Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla,

Washington. Memorial contributions may be made

to the Christian Aid Center, Blue Mountain Humane

Society or a charity of donor’s choice through Mountain

View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road,

Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Friends may write memories and sign the online

guestbook at


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