Eugene Carl “Gene” Adams, age 88, of Plymouth, Wis., passed away, with his family at his side, early Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17, 2013, at Plymouth Care Center where he had been a resident for the last six years.

He was born April 12, 1925, in the village of Glenbeulah, Wis., a son of the late Anita Brickbauer Adams. Gene attended Town of Russell Grade School and graduated from Elkhart Lake High School in 1943.

On Sept. 17, 1949, he married Janice Beth Behrend at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth. The couple have resided in Plymouth since their marriage.

He was employed as farmhand on the Brickbauer farm in the town of Russell, worked in the foundry and enameling department at Kohler Co. before becoming owner of Gene’s Trucking Service.

Gene also served in the United States Merchant Marines from 1944-47 and the National Guard.

Gene was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth. He served the church in various positions and was an usher for many years. He was a Plymouth City Council alderman for 15 years.

Gene was a charter member of the Plymouth Lions Club with perfect attendance for 49 years. He was a proud and faithful Lions member when he received the highest honor as a Lion, the Melvin Jones Award for humanitarian services to Lions Club International Foundation in 1996-97. He also held many of the offices in the club serving as past president, treasurer, secretary and on the board of directors for nine years. He also was deputy district governor from 1971-75, as well as zone chairman for five years. Gene also received the Lions Club International Presidential Award.

Gene also enjoyed bowling in single and couples bowling leagues at Casey’s Lanes and Arndts in Plymouth. He was also a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program.

His wife Janice preceded him in death July 2, 2012.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Bussiere of Aurora, Colo., and Sally Adams – Moos (John) of Centennial, Colo.; two sons, Steven (Chris) Adams of Plymouth and Kurt (Diane) Adams of Plymouth; eight grandchildren: Randy (Tammy) Fraatz of Bradenton, Fla.; Tyler Moos of Centennial; Tim Moos of Fort Collins, Colo.; Ben Adams of Milwaukee; Trevor Adams of Mooresville, N.C.; Marcus Adams of Milwaukee; Kyle Adams of Madison and Tanya Adams of Orlando, Fla.; three great-grandchildren: Maguire, Sam and Elijah Fraatz of Bradenton; one brother, Eldred (Elaine) Adams of Franklin and two sisters-in-law, Connie Behrend of Elkhart Lake and Judy Nauschultz of Watertown; and also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Gene was also preceded in death by one son-in-law, Tom Bussiere; and three sisters, Irene (LeRoy) Schuricht, Gloria Jean Adams and Emogene (Earl) Ortman.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth. The Rev. Thomas Burton, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be at the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the CHURCH on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Eugene’s name for the Plymouth Lions Club or St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation

Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit

The family would like to thank Dr. George Schroeder and Plymouth Care Center for all the care and compassion shown to Gene throughout the years.

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