Jerry Adams

  • Born: October 21, 1941
  • Died: July 13, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jerry LeRoy Adams passed away peacefully on Monday, July 13, 2020 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following a brief illness. He was 78 years-old.

Born on October 21, 1941, he grew up with six siblings on the family farm near Morrill, Nebraska. Jerry started school at age four and advanced to 1st grade on the first day, as there were no other kindergarteners in their small town. In 1957, he graduated from high school at the young age of 16, and met the girl of his dreams, Virginia Mapp, while harvesting wheat that summer on her family farm. They fell in love and were married on October 15, 1961, in Mitchell, Nebraska, and farmed in the area for a few years. In 1969, they moved to northeast Iowa with 3 kids in tow, ready to start a new adventure together.

Staying true to his farming roots, Jerry served as Sales Manager with Cooperative Resources International, selling farm products in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Kansas. After 31 successful years with the company, he retired in July 2000 and moved to Altoona, Iowa, to be near his four children and several grandchildren.

Since Jerry had way too much energy for retirement, he started his second career and worked another 19 years as a Sales Associate at Walmart. He was named "Sales Associate of the Month" several times, and finally retired (again) in March 2020.

Jerry was known for his love of gardening and having the "greenest and most beautiful yard in the neighborhood!" He loved attending his grandchildren's events, including baseball, football, soccer, track, volleyball, dance recitals, and horse shows. Jerry was also a "certified authority" on Tasty Tacos and knew the address for any location within the metro area.

He was also known to break into song at any given moment, especially on Sunday mornings. Jerry would "warm up" at home for a few hours before he attended church services with Virginia at the Well Covenant Church in Des Moines, Iowa, where he had many wonderful friends and acquaintances. He always put God first and led a Christian life by example.

Jerry had a remarkable work ethic and strong moral compass, which he worked to instill in his children and grandchildren. Those who met Jerry for the first time were never strangers for long, as he always made others feel welcome, loved to laugh and joke around, and would often invite friends over for dinner.
As we share and celebrate Jerry's life together, we will all remember the mischievous twinkle in his blue eyes, his beautiful white hair, his warm smile, and his loving heart. He will be deeply missed by family and friends alike.

Jerry is survived by his lovely wife of 58 years, Virginia (Mapp) Adams in Altoona, Iowa; daughters, Char (Rick) Whitaker of Pella, IA, Lisa (John) Lajoie of Ankeny, IA, and Christina Muchori of Ankeny, IA; grandchildren, Stephanie Adams, Chase Higginbotham, Justin Lajoie, Katie Lajoie, Allie Muchori, Andrea Muchori, Adriana Muchori, Andrew Muchori, and Alex Kidandi; great-grandchildren, Kenny Adams and Jeremiah Kellow; and brothers, Floyd Adams of Scottsbluff, NE, and Bob Adams of Torrington, Wyoming.

He was predeceased by his parents, Henry C. Adams and Elsie Adams Schwabauer; step-father, John Schwabauer; siblings, Ruth Anderson, Hank Adams, Maxine Pomeroy, Marjorie Adams, and Marge Beardsley; and son, Jerry R. Adams.

Due to social distancing guidelines, a private service for the immediate family will be officiated by Pastor Marc Peterson on Saturday, August 1, at 9:30 am at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd) and livestreamed via the Memorial Services of Iowa Facebook page, where friends and family can join in the celebration of Jerry's memory.

Following the private service, the family invites visitors to drive by the grave site (there will be a blue tent to mark the location) at Ankeny Memorial Gardens (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd) from 10:00 am – 11:30 am to offer condolences and share their memories of Jerry with the family. The family requests you to remain in your car and visit with the family from your car. They also want to thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry's name may be made to: The Well Covenant Church Memorial Fund, 2625 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50317, or to another charity of your choice.

To view the live stream on Facebook on Saturday, August 1, 2020:
1. Follow this link to the Memorial Services of Iowa page or copy/paste the address into your internet browser:
2. 'Like' the page. (by doing this you will be able to see on your newsfeed when the livestream starts).
3. On Saturday at 9:30 a.m. go to the Memorial Services of Iowa page to view


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am looking forward to seeing Jerry again when I'm called Home to be with Jesus. What a lovely gentleman. I met him through church and he was just a delight and had a great sense of fun. Such a warm smile. (And yes! Twinkle in his eyes and beautiful white hair!) I know he's dancing streets of gold, but I will miss him on this side. Hugs to Virginia and the rest of the family. He truly radiated the love and joy of Christ!

Posted by Michelle Finch - Bondurant, IA - Friend   July 27, 2020

Jerry was a funny guy he always asked us if we needed help finding anything he always had a funny story to tell we will miss not seeing and talking to him

Posted by Deb &Garry Baker - Des moines, IA - Coworker   July 26, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about Jerry.
I worked with him at Walmart in Altoona. He was such an amazing man, caring, funny, full of charm. He'll be greatly missed.

Posted by Yolanda Kooker - Altoona, IA - Coworker   July 24, 2020

So sorry for your loss.May your memories ease your grief.Jerry was such a pleasure to know and work with

Posted by Linda Newman - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   July 23, 2020

What a man and what a legacy! As his friend and fellow prayer partner there is
much to be admired about Jerry. Walmart was fortunate to have Jerry as a
trusted employee. His work ethic was without equal and could be depended upon to be there and give consistent energy to his work. He was a proud grand parent who loved each of his grand children taking an effort to bring them to Awana week after week and keep them in his prayers. His love for Virginia was strong and faithful. Never a bad word about Virginia passed his lips. As his faith grew his favorite reading of scripture was demonstrated by his prayers. I loved to hear his prayers as they demonstrated his strong faith in God. His siblings, children and grand children can treasure their memories of Jerry's love and character. As I stated earlier, "what a man" and we count our association with Jerry as a real blessing.

Posted by dennis and Valerie sarenpa - Ankeny, IA - Family   July 23, 2020

So sorry for the loss of this awesome man.I worked with him at Walmart on SE 14th St Des Moines.Always had a smile & hello to pass to others.

Posted by Angie Cleland - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   July 23, 2020

I am a first cousin my name is Shirley B {Adams} Bernhardt
my father Eddie Adams was a brother to Jerry Dad Henry Adams.
I am so sorry for you loss Jerry was a great man' Please give my
prayers to all of your family I would love to hear from all of you.
I'm friends with some of you on face book.
My Address is Shirley B Bernhardt
1713 Ave F
Scottsbluff Scottsbluff, Ne 69361

Posted by Shirley Bernhardt - Scottsbluff, NE - Family   July 21, 2020