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Jerrold A. Adamson

March 25, 1931 — July 31, 2019

Jerrold A. Adamson, 88, of Moline, Illinois, died Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Amber Ridge Memory Care, Moline.

Private burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, where the Moline American Legion Post #246 will present military honors. Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory, Moline, is entrusted with arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Telephone Pioneers at

Jerrold Arnold Adamson was born March 25, 1931, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Arnold and Mildred (Lundquist) Adamson. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Marjory Higbee on March 3, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, and the couple had three sons. He worked for Illinois Bell for 37 years.

Jerry was involved in the YMCA Indian Guides for numerous years. He was also very active in the Telephone Pioneers and was instrumental in several inventions for people with disabilities including Talking Books, Pioneer Pete, and a baseball for the blind. He was a past president and earned 24 awards and certificates during his many years of volunteering for the Telephone Pioneers. He was an avid Chicago sports fan.

He is survived by three sons, Jeffery (April) Adamson of Moline, Mark (Christy) Adamson of Germantown, Wisconsin, and Glenn Adamson of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, James (Audrey) Adamson of Moline, Patrick (Christie) Adamson of Rock Island, Ryan (Carol) Adamson of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Stacy (Bob) Meteer of Washington D.C., Luke Adamson of Moline, and Morgan Adamson of Moline; great-grandchildren, Victoria, Grant, Claire, Eleanor and George; siblings, Jim (Peg) Adamson of Chicago, and Kay (Gerald) Rosemeyer of Gurnee, Illinois; and a sister-in-law, Betty Derby of Huntley, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Marjory, and brother, Roger.

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