Garmon Adams

A Funeral Mass for Garmon Adams will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Whittemore. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial, with military honors, will be in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.

Garmon H. Adams was born April 20, 1921, in Bradgate, the son of Roy and Lenore (Hoag) Adams. He grew up in the Bradgate area, attending both Bradgate and Ottosen schools. He graduated in 1938. Following graduation he helped his father farm until enlisting in the United States Army in 1942. He served his country proudly for four years during WWII. Garmon is one of the few soldiers who served in both the European and Pacific theatres.

On Feb. 28, 1946, Garmon was united in marriage to Mildred Schmalen at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. They lived in Algona for two years before moving to a farm near Whittemore in 1948, where they raised their children. Garmon farmed, raised livestock and owned and operated the Blue Gun Shop, where he enjoyed repairing and selling hunting rifles and shotguns. He enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, hunting, restoring toy tractors, going to coffee, playing cards, building clocks, golfing and giving his grandchildren rides on his golf cart. Garmon could fix just about anything and enjoyed tinkering with anything he could get his hands on. He was a member the American Legion, Holy Name Society, St. Michael’s Catholic Church and Chips off the Block.

Garmon died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the Algona Manor Care Center. He was 97.

Survivors include his children, Linda and Tom Bindner of Marcus; Mark and Elizabeth Adams of Bella Vista, Ark.; Karen and Bill Behrens of St. Louis, Mo.; Barb and Bill Thompson of Des Moines; Nancy Adams of West Des Moines; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Juanita Yoch of West Bend.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; parents, Roy and Lenore; brother, Leroy; and sister-in-law, Donna. Online condolences may be left at




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