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William A. Adams

January 1, 1930 ~ March 2, 2019 (age 89)
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William A. Adams, 89, of Peru, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 12:55pm at his home surrounded by family.

He was born in Ironton, Ohio on January 1, 1930, son of William W. and Francis McClain Adams. He married Helen L. Golden on July 6, 1985, and she survives. They enjoyed spending time between Peru and Panama City Beach, Florida for several years, where he served on the Commodore Condominiums board for 20 years.

Bill attended school in Russell, Kentucky and attended Ashland Junior College in Ashland, Kentucky. He served two tours in the U.S. Navy between 1948 and 1954. He received the European Occupation Medal, Korean Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Bill was employed by the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway and later CSX System for 41 years. He held the position of Locomotive Fireman, Engineer, as well as Road Foreman of Engines, General Road Foreman of Engines, Train Master, and was Superintendent for CSX at Peru, Indianapolis, and Decatur, Illinois - a position he held for 8 years.

Surviving are daughter, Holly (Darryl) Ridgley, and grandsons Drew, Max, and Sam of Dacula, Georgia. Daughter-in-law, Julie (William D.) of Terre Haute, granddaughter, Lauren Hernandez and son, Blake, also of Terre Haute.  Also a niece, Mary Secrest of Dallas, Texas, and a nephew, Eldon (Martha) Secrest of Russell, Kentucky.  Three step-daughters, Brenn Whitely of Denver, Daniele (Jerry) Mullinax of Denver, and Ceris Golden of Roann, step-granddaughter, Evin (Rob) Gregory, Brayden and Quinn of Fishers and step-grandson, Aaron Deardorff of Fort Wayne. Also, special friends, Bob and Marilyn Cleveland of Peru.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Lillian Secrest, and a son, William D. Adams.

Mr. Adams was a life member of the Masons, life member of the Scottish Rite, and life member of the Peru Maennerchor. He belonged to the Peru Elks, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the Saint Andrews Baptist Church in Panama City, Florida. He had recently attended the Mexico Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held from 2pm – 3pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 West Third Street, Peru, Indiana.  At 3pm, Bill Friend will share a few words, and military service will be provided by the Miami County Military Rites Team.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Mexico Baptist Church, P.O. Box 206, Mexico, IN  46958.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

Donations may be made to:

Mexico Baptist Church
P.O. Box 206, Mexico IN 46958

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