Phillip Wayne Adams

MONTVILLE TWP. – Phillip Wayne Adams, age 92, longtime resident of Montville Township, died on Sunday, July 12, 2020. He was born in Chardon, on Sept 10, 1927, to Max Lyle and Lucille (nee Van Orsdale) Adams.

Phil was a 1945 graduate of Chardon High School, a veteran of the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II and a 1952 graduate of Hiram College.

He married Geraldine Sorenson on Aug. 25, 1953, in Elsinore, Utah.

Phil had worked for the Chardon Rubber Company, the B&O Railroad, as a telegraph and telephone operator, before his career as a General Insurance Agent for his own company, from 1956 until retiring in 2013.

He had been very active in a variety of community organizations, including charter member and past president of the East Geauga Kiwanis Club; charter member, adjutant and past commander of the Geauga Amvets Post 1968 in Montville Township; and member and past county chairman of the Geauga County Democratic Party.

He was also a member of Village Lodge #274, F& AM in Burton; Chapter 46 RAM, Council 104, and Eagle Commandry 29, all in Painesville; and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite, Valley of Cleveland.

Phil’s hobbies included reading, walking, politics, hunting and history, especially the Civil War. He was a member of the Chardon Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Survivors include his daughter Victoria G. “Tori” (Donald) Hartman, of East Claridon; sons Kirk P. (Debbie Roy) Adams, of East Claridon, and Chad S. (Terrie) Adams, of Roaming Shores; grandchildren, Brandy (Baker) Odom, Kailey Adams, Max Adams, Megan Hartman and Kelsey Adams; great-grandchildren, Biaja, Carynn and Jameson Odom.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geraldine (Nov. 11, 2013); daughter Valerie Adams; and sons Keith and Rex.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 17, 2020, from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at Burr Funeral Home, 116 South St., Chardon, with a public Masonic Service at 8 p.m.

Funeral service will be Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Interment in East Claridon Cemetery will follow.

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