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Russell Adams

Russell Adams, 86, died June 1, 2011, at home in Palmer. A celebration of life is at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 18 at the Palmer Senior Center with Pastor Bill Allen officiating.

Floyd was born March 12, 1924, in Timber Lake, S.D. He graduated from Salem High School in June of 1942. He served in the United States Army from July 1973 to October 1966. He moved to Alaska in 1986 and resided in Anchorage until 1987 when he settled in Palmer. Prior to that he lived in El Paso, Texas and retired as a security guard in 1985. Floyd went back to work for Guardian Security in Anchorage and retired again in 1995.

Floyd was a member of the 2600 shooting club. His hobbies included reloading, brass, molding bullets, shopping, spending spare time with his cat, Useless, and above all helping at the Palmer Senior Center. Floyd was very dedicated to his shooting. He was on the all-Army pistol team for years, traveling the country. There were many times the judges spent hours pouring over his targets insisting he had missed a shot. After measurements and consulting with one another, he definitely put two shots through the same hole. The NRA changed their prize policy allowing their shooters to accept a trophy, gift certificates or pieces of silver. By the close of his career, he had won a 12-piece setting of silverware.

In later years, his greatest joy was helping at the Palmer Senior Center. He volunteered his time with commodities and salads. A lot of his western DVDs and musicals were donated to the center. He always spoke highly of all the personnel there and how they helped him cope with the loss of his wife, Hilda, after 55 years of marriage.

Surviving are his son, Thomas F. Adams; daughters, Ursula Smith and Barbara Jo Stanley; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Source:  Frontiersman 16 June 2011



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