US Marine Corps

Wendell Adams

November 28, 1940 ~ November 12, 2019 (age 78)


Wendell Adams 78

Wendell Adams joined his father up in heaven on November 12th, 2019 after complications and a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

Wendell was born in Sandpoint Idaho on November 28, 1940 to Lavere and Genevive (Bateman) Adams and was the youngest of eight children. Wendell attended school in both Careywood and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  After high school he joined the Marines and served 4 years honorably.  Wendell met his wife Cathy Slater in Coeur d’Alene and they enjoyed 56 wonderful years of marriage. Shortly after getting married Wendell and Cathy settled in Hayden, Idaho where they built a home and raised their 4 children.   He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. 

Wendell is survived by his wife Cathy Adams and children, Wendy Adams, Jennie (Larry) McDowell, Todd (Mary) Adams, and Jeff (Angela) Adams.   Grandchildren include Kaleo Adams, Travis and Brandie McDowell, William and Wyatt Kerstens, and Kyler and Brielle (“BB”) Adams.

He retired from Kaiser Aluminum after working 38 years as a millwright.  He spent a lifetime farming and raising registered Suffolk sheep that he would sell at several of the best sheep and ram sales in the country.  His children helped in the farm business and he passed his farming skills on to his grandchildren. He always said he met so many wonderful people in the sheep business. 

Wendell had a passion for hunting which he learned as a child from his father and older siblings. He was proud to pass these skills on to his sons.  Fishing was another enjoyment and looking for firewood with his brothers and family was always fun.   Family and friends have great memories from camping excursions.  He always had fun visiting with family and friends. 

Wendell was greatly loved and will be forever missed by those he left behind.  

Visitation will be Friday November 15th, 2019, from 4-7:00 p.m. at the English Funeral Chapel, 1133 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, ID.  Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 477 E. Honeysuckle Ave., Hayden, ID on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  Wendell’s casket will be open for one hour prior to the service in the Relief Society Room.  Interment will follow at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens, 7315 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society – Atten: Patient Services, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123


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November 15, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
English Funeral Chapel
1133 N. 4th St
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Funeral Service
November 16, 2019

10:30 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
477 E Honeysuckle Ave
Hayden, ID 83835

Please note
Wendell’s casket will be open for one hour prior to the service in the Relief Society Room
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