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Kermit W. Adams

Kermit W. Adams Kermit W. (Kerm) Adams age, 88, died Monday July 23, 2018 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

Kerm was born August 27, 1929 in Excelsior Springs, MO, the son (one of twins) of Kenneth and Helen Adams. The family moved to Marysville, KS in 1939. Kerm played football for 4 years on a team that was undefeated for 28 games. He graduated from Marysville High School in 1948.

The day after graduation he went to work for AT&T (SWB) until he was drafted in March 1951. He spent 21 months in the U.S. Army, mostly on the front lines as a Wireman in Korea. He and his twin brother spent the entire time together, same platoon, but different units.

Upon being honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent, AT&T (SWB) sent him to Sabetha, KS, where he met Mona, who was teaching there. They were married in May 1953, transferred to Topeka, KS in Jan 1955 with their twin babies, Jean and Jon. He was later transferred to Salina, KS in 1964 and then transferred to Manhattan, KS in 1966, where he lived the rest of his life. His career with AT&T (SWB) started as an unlocated lineman, then installer-repairman, and he retired in management as supervising Wire Chief in 1981.

Kerm loved the outdoors. While the children were at home the family spent most weekends boating and water skiing, often with his older brother Art and family and friends. Kerm loved to fish. He fished the rivers and lakes in Kansas with his brother Ken and after retirement, he and Mona spent summers in Red Lodge, MT where he fished the mountain lakes and streams. He looked forward to the Montana summers, fishing, eating, and seeing old and new friends.

Kerm volunteered repairing Talking Books for the Blind for 12 years. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Telephone Pioneers and the Marysville Masonic Lodge. He had been a member of the Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mona, of 65 years, his children Jean of Mill Valley, CA and Jon and wife Iva, of Manhattan, KS, his twin brother Ken and his wife Wilma, and an older brother Arthur W. of Salina, KS, two granddaughters Lisa Mitchell Banks and Laurie Enneking, and six great grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday July 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church, 835 Church Avenue in Manhattan, with Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Private inurnment will be held at the Marysville Cemetery in Marysville, Kansas.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday July 25, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Memorial funds in memory or Kermit are suggested to the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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