Dr. Bruce Adams

Dr. Bruce Adams, 71, of Belleville, IL, born Tuesday, November 7, 1939, in Sparta, IL, died Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

Dr. Adams retired as Superintendent for High Mount School District 116. He was a member of First United Presbyterian Church where he served on the Board of Trustees. He was a member of the church session and finance committee and was captain of the church golf team. He also served as treasurer of Swansea Chamber of Commerce and many other civic and educational organizations. Dr. Adams received his BS degree in education at SIU Carbondale, his Master and Specialist Degree at Eastern IL University, and his Doctorate Degree at St. Louis University. He was a captain in the United States Marine Corp.

He was preceded in death by:

  • Parents: Harold W. and Jennie Mae, nee Hamilton, Adams
  • Brother: Keith Adams.

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: Patricia Adams
  • Children
    • Doug B. Adams of Houston, TX
    • Joan (Brad) Stipp of Mahomet, IL
  • Brother: Don (Denise) Adams of Sparta, IL
  • Granddaughters
    • Sarah Stipp
    • Lauren Stipp

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church or American Heart Association. 

Visitation: Friends may call from 4-8 P.M., Friday, January 28, 2011 at the Kurrus Funeral Home and from 10-11 A.M., Saturday January 29, 2011 at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Saturday, January 29, 2011 at First United Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Conley A. Zomermaand and Rev. Alex Hendrickson officiating. Additional Services will be 11am-12pm Sunday January 30, 2011 at Ohio Chapel Methodist Church in Grand Chain, IL. Interment will follow at Ohio Chapel Cemetery.

Condolences left for Dr. Bruce Adams:

    My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May you hold dear all of the good memories of him to always keep him with you in your hearts.

    Janis Hopkins-Nugent Saint Louis Missouri 63110

    May GOD be with your family Dr. A. You were always hard on me in school but fair. You knew just how to push people to bring out the best in them. You will be greatly missed.

    Brett Buehlhorn

    With a saddened heart,may god receive you in his kingdom.
    I will always remember Bruce as a just and upright man. We lived together while attending SIU Carbondale.

    William & Don Nita Schorr Sparta Illinois 62286

    The members of USMC Basic Class 1-62 are saddened by Bruce's passing. Our prayers are with his family. We will miss him at our upcoming 50th. reunion.
    Bill Ayers
    Col., USMC (Ret.)

    George W. Ayers Swansboro NC 28584

    Patricia - Your family is in my prayers! I always enjoyed working with "Dr. Santa" - he was a beautiful person. Santa's Set won't be the same. I - and I'm sure the rest of us - will miss him.

    Carol Winter Belleville IL

    I was shocked and saddened to learn of Bruce's passing. He and I were roommates at Marine Basic School at Quantico in 1961. Bruce was a wonderful person and a great friend.

    Jerry Botts Atchison Kansas 66002

    Pat and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. I had the pleasure of working several years with Bruce at the Santa set at the Mall. He had such a gentle touch with the children. Both of my daughters had the opportunity of working with him as Santa and thought a lot of him. Our prayers are with all of you.

    Carolyn Wottowa O'Fallon Ill 62269

    I was so sorry to hear about the death of D.Adams . My son,Jim is a teacher at High Mount. I met Dr.Adams once, and I thought he was a very nice man. My heartfelt sympathy to everyone.

    Marlene Robben germantown il 62245

    It was a pleasure to come into contact with Bruce during the years he was at the High Mount School. The students I am sure benefited from their contact with him also.
    I enjoyed his children also through their participation in music at Belleville West H.S.
    Our symphathy goes out to the entire family.

    Donald L. Jnes Belleville IL 62226

    Dear Mrs. Adams and Family,
    I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Adams. I have fond memories of him as the superintendent of High Mount School. I think his first year there was the year my class started kindergarten. I also know he was so very involved with Swansea activities. Please accept my sympathy.

    Robin Dermody Swansea IL 62226

    Semper Fi, Bruce, we'll miss you at Golf League. Bruce had a great USMC driver cover, and we always swapped stories about the Corps when we played together.

    Larry Collinsworth Maj USMC (Retired) Belleville IL 62220