Bill Adams

Bill Adams William S. Adams II, 80, of Coal Valley, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, Iowa.

William Sterling Adams II was born June 25, 1938, in Macomb, to William Sterling and Helen Louise Welch Adams. He married Luan Kirkpatrick on Sept. 2, 1962, in Macomb.

Bill graduated from Western Illinois University and received his master's degree from the University of Illinois. He was an Industrial Arts teacher at Moline High School for 42 years, retiring in 2003. He was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church and Contraser Sunday School Class, Illinois Retired Teachers Association, the Civil War Book Club at the Moline Public Library and formerly the Moline Kiwanis Club. He loved being with his family and friends, and enjoyed woodworking, the Chicago Bears, history and battlefields.

Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Luan; four children and spouses, Rebecca and Mike Rudolph, of Naperville, Ill., Greg and Mary Jo Adams, of Aurora, Ill., Carol Adams Harpole and Mark Harpole, of Moline, and Jeff and Jenna Adams, of Coal Valley; six grandchildren, Kate, Laura and John Rudolph, Sam and Lizzy Harpole and Dean Adams; and siblings, Jim Adams of Colchester, Ill., and Lana Booth of Greenville, S.C. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sue Longeville.

Services were 11 a.m. Monday, February 4th, at Riverside United Methodist Church, 712 16th Street, Moline, with The Rev. William Adams officiating. Visitation was 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline. Cremation at Trimble Crematory will follow the funeral, and private burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, Ill. Memorials may be made to the church.

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