Peter John Adams

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Peter J. Adams, age 78, of Ionia, IA passed away at his home on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday, February 22, 2019 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, IA with Father Mark Osterhaus celebrating. Burial will be in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery at Ionia, IA. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Ionia Funeral Home in Ionia, IA with a Scriptural Wake Service at 7:00 PM and visitation will continue on Friday morning at the church. Peter John Adams was born on September 30, 1940 to Stephen and Agnes (Roths) Adams on the family farm near Ionia, IA. He attended Immaculate Conception School in North Washington, IA. After his schooling Pete drove truck and worked at filling stations. In 1960 Pete joined the US Army serving his country while stationed in Germany. He then returned home where he farmed the family farm for eight years. During this time Pete was united in marriage to Thelma Siglin on November 18, 1961 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia. He co-owned and operated the Ionia DX Station for 36 years. Pete enjoyed camping, going to the cabin, sunsets, nature, going to his childrens and grandchildrens sports events, and spending time with his family and friends. Pete also enjoyed “tinkering” around the house and garage. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church all of his life. Pete is survived by his wife Thelma of Ionia, IA; his children Tammy Merrick of Des Moines, IA, Scott (Mary) Adams of Clear Lake, IA, Theresa (Greg) McDermott of Omaha, NE, Mike (Shelly) Adams of Swisher, IA, Patti (Mike) Reyhons of Waterloo, IA and Paul (Katie) Adams of Cedar Rapids, IA; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sisters Phyllis (Bob) Krause of New Hampton, IA, Lorraine Collins of New Hampton, IA and Mary (Bill) Buchholtz of Alta Vista, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pete is preceded in death by his parents Stephen and Agnes Adams; sisters Rita, Rosie, and Kathleen; and brother Steve.

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  1. Thelma Paul and family. I was shocked and saddened to see Pete’s obituary. Thanks for sharing Paul. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

    Kris Kessell

  2. Dear Thelma and entire family, you are iall in my thoughts and prayers. Pete will be truly missedby us here on earth but welcomed with open arms by many in heavan. Will alwaybw in my thoughts and prayers

  3. I remember sitting in the backyard by the fire. He brought me over to talk. I thought I was gonna be scolded. He told me, “Everyone makes mistakes. We have to look back and decide if it was worth it. You dont have to listen to what people want you to do, but you better believe in what you’re gonna do next.” Those words changed how I saw things moving forward.

  4. In August of 2017, Dianne and I had one of those rare chances to get to Ionia for a couple of days and visit Pete & Thelma, Bill & Marie and Mae & Junior. I remembered when Uncle Pete taught me and my brother to ride horses at the farm one summer in the early ’60’s. His infectious laugh and beaming smile were still there at our wedding in ’97 following Mom’s passing, and at two family gatherings afterwards. With Uncle Bill, Pete and I wrestled with the air conditioning on our RV to no avail, but we felt much younger again, and that smile and laugh were still there. Uncle Pete’s still laughing now, with the pain in his body finally gone, he is free to do whatever he wants. We will miss him dearly and our hearts are with you Aunt Thelma and the family he loved so much. Thank you Pete, and God bless and keep you.

  5. Tammy – I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I hope you find comfort in the good memories. Thinking of you with sympathy.

  6. Thelma & Family- you are all in our prayers. So sorry to be away at this time but keep your memories and all of our good times close to your heart. Duane & Pat Lynch

  7. Remembering Pete and all of our Ionia Adams neighbors with prayers and great affection. Love, Mary McGrane Christensen

  8. Thelma, Theresa and family. It is with great sadness that I offer you my most heartfelt condolences. Pete had a deep and profound impact on my life. I have never forgotten how he always chose to show me kindness and understanding when he had every right, not to. He was truly amazing and so very, very special. Some of my fondest memories of growing up in Iowa – is the love that I witnessed at the Adams household in Ionia. It was the absolute best. And so was Pete. – Rich Christensen

  9. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss of your beloved Mr. Adams. May the promise of the resurrection promised by Christ Jesus comfort you during this time of great sorrow. (John 5:28,29)

  10. Thelma and family, Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Keep your memories close to heart.
    Jim and Dixie

  11. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Even though I haven’t lived in Ionia since I was 12, I clearly remember Pete’s always smiling face (even when Patti and I annoyed him at work) and his love for his family.

    Patti, I feel terrible that I wasn’t able to attend the services. I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending my love.

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