James Kenneth "Jim" Adams died Friday, June 23 in Port Charlotte, Florida after a short illness.
A public school teacher, ceramic artist, painter and metalworker, Jim taught art in Mankato Public Schools for 30 years before retiring from Mankato West High in 1992. He was inspired by rural life, farming, and the flora and fauna of both Florida and his native Minnesota, and planned to renovate a house in Fort Denaud before his final illness. Jim loved cribbage, birdwatching, politics, fast cars, classical music, and singing in church choirs.
Born November 15, 1930 in Mankato, Minnesota, Jim served in the US Navy from 1948-1952, and worked as a laboratory technician while attending Minnesota State University in Mankato. He went on to receive an MA in Art from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1968. After returning to Minnesota, he moved to a Madelia farm with his wife and two older sons and raised purebred shorthorn cattle. He spent his last years in Mankato and Port Charlotte.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Mildred Whiting Adams, by his brother Clifford, and by his wife Lenore Marie Adams (née Engelbrecht) in 1999. He is survived by his sons Ben of Saint Paul, Sam of Minneapolis, and Asteway of Port Charlotte, by longtime friend and unofficial son Ermias "Jerry" Asfaw of Mankato, and by siblings Phyllis Livdahl, Loren Adams, Ruth Murray, Robert Adams and Richard Adams, and their sons and daughters.
A private service will be held with interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Mankato. Memorial donations are requested to Tidewell Hospice of Port Charlotte, Feed My Starving Children, and the World Wildlife Fund.
Published on  June 29, 2017