It is with great sadness that the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association announces the passing of long time Raisin City Co-op Gin Manager Richard (Dick) Adams Dec. 11, 2017, after a short illness.
Born on Sept. 4, 1932, Richard grew up in Porterville, California. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict as a tank commander.
Richard was the recipient of two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star of Valor. He was also past president of the Korean War Veterans Association and a vital hand in the memorial in Washington, D.C. As a Congressional delegate, he was instrumental in bringing home missing in action remains from North Korea.
In 1953, Richard met and married Mary Ann Gordon. The couple was married for 64 years.
He retired from Raisin City Co-op Gin after 40 years of service as the cotton gin manager.
An Honorable, Distinguished Life
Here are a few of Richard’s accomplishments:
■ Served as a director of the 25th Infantry Division.
■ VFW commander Caruthers Post #6745.
■ Director of the Korean War Veterans Association Inc. from 1994 to 2000.
■ Board member Caruthers Veterans Memorial Committee.
■ Past president Caruthers Chamber of Commerce.
■ Past president Caruthers Community Service District.
■ Past president Caruthers High School Boosters Club.
■ Director Caruthers Lions Club.
■ Director Ranchers Cotton Oil Co.
■ Director California Agriculture Museum.
■ Delegate to National Cotton Council of America.
■ Past president California Grower Owned Cotton Gin Association.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those left to cherish his memories including his wife, Mary Ann; sons, Thomas and wife Nan, and Richard; granddaughters, Kristen Newburry and husband Rusty, and Kari Adams; and 13 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Caruthers Chamber of Commerce Veterans Memorial Committee, P.O. Box 369, Caruthers, CA 93609; or Central Valley Honor Flight, 5260 N. Palm Ave. Ste. 122, Fresno, CA 93704.
This article first appeared in the January 2018 issue of The Cotton Chronicle — the newsletter of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association.