John R. "Jack" Adams, 89, of Noblesville and Carmel, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Riverview Health in Noblesville. He was born on April 13, 1928 to JC and Luella (Irvine) Adams in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Jack attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (PITT) with a BS degree in Business Administration. He was a 4-year varsity track letterman. While at PITT, Jack established a chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, holding all offices. After graduation, he was drafted and served 2 years active duty as a supply sergeant in the Hawaiian Infantry Training Center. He was honorably discharged 6 years later. Upon release from active duty, Jack joined Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. in a management training program. After an exceptional sales career, he was appointed Branch Sales manager in Indianapolis, where he managed and developed an existing estate planning agency. Jack was involved with the Indianapolis Estate Planning Council, the Indianapolis Life Underwriters Association, and the Indianapolis chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU). He joined and was very active in the Indianapolis General Agents and Managers Association, holding all offices through the Presidency and later as Director. Jack served on the boards of several churches, was a member of the Evergreen Oriental Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, and was a member of the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite. He was a member and Director of Woodland Country Club in Carmel, and a member of Harbour Trees Golf Club of Noblesville. When able, Jack loved golf as well as Canadian Fishing, which he did for over 70 years.
He is survived by two children, John (Lenora) Adams Jr. and Cindy (Jeff) Buckner; ten grandchildren, Brittany (Clint) Davis, Samantha (Kevin) Zimmerman, Michelle, Allison, Benjamin, Nathan, and Jaclyn Adams, Ryan (Amber) Skipper, Justin (Abbey) Skipper, and Megan (Curtis) Painter; and five great-grandchildren, Noah & Henry Buckner, Audrey & Hailey Skipper, and Nolan Skipper.
Services will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road in Noblesville, with visitation from 10:00 am to the time of service. Pastor Don Jennings will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to PITT Varsity Letter Club, Department of Athletics, University of Pittsburgh, PO Box 7436, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or Hope Bible Fellowship, PO Box 546, Noblesville, IN 46061.