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Tuesday August 11th, 2020
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Lawrence "Larry" Adams

Lawrence J. “Larry” Adams, age 99, of Lorain, passed away, Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Mercy Health, Lorain Hospital, following a brief illness.

Born May 3, 1921 in Lorain, he lived and went to school on Kelley’s Island.  He also lived in Gary, Indiana before moving to Lorain.  After graduating from Lorain High School in 1939, Larry served as a Radioman 1st Class in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal and the Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal. 

Larry worked at Lorain Works US Steel for 40 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the former St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church both in Lorain.  He was also a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104.

Larry loved working in the yard, gardening, birding, humming and whistling.  He also enjoyed cooking, spending time at his house on Kelley’s Island, following sports and was a big Notre Dame fan.

Surviving is his son Larry Jr. of Vermilion; daughters, Lisa (Jim) Bachman of Lorain and Pam Kahlden of Vermilion; 7 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Joan Burge of Lorain. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Rosemary (nee Jasinski) in 1994; his second wife of 19 years, Rose Sechrist-Adams in 2015; a son, Jeff in 2001; and a sister Lucille.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm in the Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain.  Funeral services will be Wednesday at 12:00 pm in the funeral home.  Rev. John Retar, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Lorain will officiate.  Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain with military honors.  Masks must be worn and social distancing will be required during the visitation and funeral services. 

Contributions can be made to the Friendship Animal Protective League, 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035.  

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Lisa, Pam and family ~ we are saddened to learn of your Dad's passing. Great memories growing up next door and our children made some fond ones, too. Your Dad always had a chipper presence as he cultivated the most beautiful landscapes. I remember his humming and whistling! How blessed we were to have such wonderful neighbors on Fairway Drive! May Christ's Peace rest with you as you recall cherished memories and look forward to the resurrection.

Marie (Dovin) Stumphauzer and Family Aug 12 2020 12:00 AM

First my condolences to all of the family of Larry. I remember Larry from my childhood. He was one of my dad's best friends. He and my dad, Steve Sislowski, worked at the Steel Mill and played ball together. ; As a little tike, I remember his yellow convertible and spending many hours at the "farm" on Oberlin Ave. I remember stealing some grapes and buying our Christmas tree from Larry and Rosemary. Also, the wonderful times at the old farmhouse next door where Larry's parents lived. The gladiolas were always out on the front lawn to purchase for the local cemetery. I knew my parents had many great times with Larry and I have to believe all of you had some great, great memories to cherish. I hope his life in the past years were as happy as I remember him those many years ago.

Ron Sislowski Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

Lisa, Larry, Pam, and families, Our deepest sympathy. May your memories of him give you peace in the coming days and weeks ahead.

Anita (Fuhrman) and Joe Lieser Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM