Hank Adams age 92 passed away on February 3, 2017.
Hank Adams was born on October 13, 1924. He was the youngest of eight children to parents Dr. Isaac Adams and Sarah Adams. Hank graduated from Turlock High School in 1943. After high school, he received his draft notice in the mail and decided to enlist in the Army Air Corps at Castle Airforce Base in Atwater, CA at the young age of 18. He immediately went into the service as an Army Air Corps Flight Officer and Bombardier flying several missions on a B-29 Warbird over Japan during World War ll.
Hank participated in over 20 bombing missions against Tokyo, Japan in April 1945. Then on August 14, 1945, the Japanese surrendered. In October of 1945, he was transferred from the Marianas to the Philippines and was discharged from the Army Air Corps in 1947 as a Lieutenant at the age of 22.
After the war, Hank moved to San Francisco, where he met Joanne Tuohey, the love of his life in 1952. They married in 1955 and in 1957 they had their first born, Nora. A few years later, Hank got a job at Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space in Sunnyvale, CA as an optical engineer and supervisor in the sensors department. Soon, the family moved to Santa Clara and in 1964, their second daughter Nellie was born.
After a 30-year career at Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, Hank retired in 1989. Traveling the world with his bride and family, Hank and Joanne eventually settled in Turlock, CA where they have resided since.
Hank leaves behind his wife of 62-years, Joanne Adams; his two daughters, Nora Adams [of Los Angeles], Nellie Adams-Morse [of Turlock]; grandchildren, Alex Wunderman [29 of Los Angeles], Emily Morse [16 of Turlock]; his sister Florence Essa Johnson, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Isaac and Sarah Adams, Brothers John Adams, Arthur Adams, Clarence “Sparky” Adams, Edward Adams, Albert Adams, and Sister Clara John.
Hank will be truly missed by all of his family and friends. He was a true strength of his family, a legacy, and of a different generation of one that worked for what they had. Hank lit up the room whenever he saw his grandchildren; he played a mean card game of Shanghai [he always beat us], he was the best weather forecaster, and will always have a heart of gold. He will be missed and remembered always.
A special thank you to Kaiser Permanente Hospital of Modesto and to Alexander Cohen Hospice House of Hughson, CA for everything they did to make our Father comfortable and at peace.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00pm. Thursday, February 9th at Turlock Memorial Park & Funeral.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that a donation be made in Hank’s honor to the Alexander Cohen Hospice House of Hughson. Thank you & God Bless.