Wilbur Lee Adams, a 52-year Wenatchee Valley resident went to be with the Lord on January 31, 2018; he was 80 years old.
Born June 20, 1937 in Quanah, Texas, Wilbur was the son of Duvon Erin and Anna (Stephens) Adams. He received his education in Lockney, Texas, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Frankie Hardy, on February 10, 1956. In 1966, Wilbur and Frankie followed God’s calling and purchased an orchard in East Wenatchee, Washington. With their two daughters, Sonja and Phyllis, Wilbur and Frankie left Texas for the Pacific Northwest and established their home in the Wenatchee Valley.
A born farmer, Wilbur grew row crops in Texas and apples in Washington. He was an active participant in Future Farmers of America and Young Farmers, and earned an award as Conservationist of the Year for early efforts in mulch mowing.
Wilbur enjoyed working with his hands. He was a talented woodworker who spent countless hours building furniture and gifts for his church, family and friends. His cabinetry, rocking horses, M&M candy dispensers and wooden toy chests continue to be enjoyed by many.
Wilbur was an avid Gonzaga basketball fan and frequently attended Mariner’s spring training in Arizona. Breakfast with friends was a cherished time. He balanced work and life well.
With a servant’s heart, Wilbur was highly involved in community. He was a devoted Lion’s Club member who relished volunteering with the Apple Blossom Pageant and Candy Wagons. He was a board member for the Northwest Baptist Foundation and longtime member of Eastmont Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
Wilbur was a dedicated family man who invested himself in the lives of his wife, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He could frequently be found with Frankie travelling in their RV or teaching grandkids how to fish for trout in a nearby lake. He enjoyed days at his cabin on Lake Chelan rowing grandkids in a dinghy and providing inner tube rides with the ski boat. An overnight trip to Stehekin or annual vacation in the motor home was never out of the question. As adults, he freely teased and offered dating advice. Wilbur played dolls with his great granddaughters and read stories about trains to his great grandson. Affectionately, he was known as “Granddad.”
Wilbur’s smile was infectious and his sense of humor undeniable. He enjoyed laughter and joking around; his care for others always evident. When Wilbur spoke, his words were patient, careful, and wise.
Wilbur is survived by his daughter, Phyllis Meyer of Yakima, WA; four grandchildren: Adam (Tomomi) MacDonald, of Wenatchee, WA; Steve (Hannah) Meyer and Melody Meyer of Yakima, WA; and Kelly (Avery) Fry of Spokane, WA; five great-grandchildren: Claire MacDonald of Wenatchee, WA; Lauren Meyer, Easton Meyer and Madelyn Meyer of Yakima, WA; and Lily Fry of Spokane, WA; and a special friend, Sharon Cunningham of Wenatchee, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Duvon Erin and Anna Adams; wife, Frankie Adams; and daughter Sonja MacDonald.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 11:00am at Eastmont Baptist Church in East Wenatchee. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Wilbur’s honor to Memorial Foundation – Northstar Lodge, Yakima, WA. You are invited to view his online tribute and share a fond memory at HeritageMemoralChapel.com.