Jackie and Jim Adams

March 16, 2018

Jacqueline "Jackie" Adams, age 64, of Centerville, and Jimmy "Jim" Adams, age 70, of Centerville, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018 at their home.

Jackie was born on February 6, 1954 in Des Moines, the daughter of Donald Lee Short and Ruby Colleen (Tilton) Short.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines. After high school, Jackie continued her education earning her Cosmetologist Certification in Des Moines. She was united in marriage to Michael Steven Brown in 1972.  From this union, two children were born, Chris and Michele.  They later divorced in 1976.

Jim was born on January 15, 1948 in Centerville, the son of William "Bill" Adams and Hazel (Morgan) Adams.  He graduated from Centerville High School with the Class of 1966.  After high school, Jim went to college for two years, until he was drafted into the United States Army.  Jim went to Vietnam from 1968 through 1969.  He was a very proud Vietnam Army Veteran of the 155th Assault Helicopter Company 17.  While in Vietnam, he was a fuel specialist, driving the fuel truck.  After returning home, he returned back to college.  Jim was united in marriage to Diane Padavich soon after returning home from the war.  From this union, three children were born, Amber, Jason, and Nealy.  Diane passed away on June 5, 1987.

Jim married Jackie in 1994.  From this union, their daughter Alicia was born.  Everyone who was around them could tell they loved each other unconditionally.  They both saw each other's children as their own from day one.  Anyone who would enter their lives after that, were seen as family as well. 

Jackie ran a daycare.  Jim was employed at Rubbermaid for 10 years until its closing.  He then went to work for Iowa Aluminum, until his retirement in January of 2014.    They both loved to bowl.  They bowled together in Centerville for numerous years, until Jackie couldn't bowl anymore.  Jim continued to bowl, and Jackie continued to be there for him.  She loved to watch him bowl.  They loved their Dachshund dogs, as well as the other animals they took in through the years.   Every chance they got, they would go to the lake to go camping.  They enjoyed the outdoors together.  Jackie and Jim especially loved spending time with their family.  They were very fond of playing cards with friends and family. They also adored their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  They touched the lives of many people with their generosity and caring hearts.  They were always willing to help anyone in need.  Jackie loved puzzle books, and most recently, once she learned about it, she loved to browse Facebook.  She was also an avid shopper. 

Left to honor Jim and Jackie's memory are their children, Amber Adams, Nealy (John) Swan, Chris (Mary) Brown, Michele (Joe) Brown, Jason (Jessica) Adams, and Alicia Adams; siblings, Carl "Mackie" (Joyce) Adams, Sharon (Roger) Lafee, Gene (Shelly) Short, Vicki (Tim) Hark, Sharon (Steve) Love, and Jerry ( Phyllis) Short; 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends, whom will all miss them very much.

They were preceded in death by their grandparents; Jackie's parents, Donald and Ruby Short; Jim's parents, Hazel and Bill Adams; Jim's first wife, Diane Adams; and his brother, Denny Adams.

Cremation has been accorded.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11AM, Monday, March 26, 2018 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville with Pastor Joan Ervin officiating.  Military Rites will be conducted after the service.   A visitation will take place Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with family greeting friends from 3-6PM.   Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Adams family.  Memorials have been established to the Humble Heroes Foundation, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at

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