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 www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.