William 'Bill' E. Adams

Born: Wed., May 8, 1957
Died: Sun., Feb. 26, 2012

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William E. "Bill" Adams – a longtime resident of Pendleton, Oregon, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at his home. He was 54 years old. A Graveside Inurnment Service will be held at a later date in Spray, Oregon. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of local arrangements. Bill was born May 8, 1957, in Heppner, Oregon. He was one of two sons born to Logan A. and Aliene Weems Adams. He grew up in Long Creek, Oregon, where he graduated from Long Creek High School in 1975. Bill then was offered an athletic scholarship for his Football abilities, and played ball while attending college in the Tri-Cities, Washington, and La Grande, Oregon. Bill settled down in Pendleton, Oregon, where he worked as a Correctional Officer for the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. Bill always enjoyed playing sports, and involved himself in city-league baseball and basketball. On May 8, 1984, Bill married Lisa L. Cameron in Pendleton, Oregon. The couple made their home in Pendleton. Bill retired in the fall of 2009, after having worked for EOCI for 28 years. After his retirement Bill dedicated more of his time to his hobbies. He was very skilled with his hands, and was known for his gunsmithing. He often would repair firearms for his friends, and once made a gun from scratch. He also was very adept at making jewelry and ornate knives. He recently began crafting custom-made canes. Bill also loved the outdoors, spending time hunting, fishing or camping whenever he could. His favorite pastime was spending quality time with his family, whom he loved very much. Bill is survived by his wife of 27 years Lisa Adams at home in Pendleton, sons Kevin Petersen of Bellevue, Washington, and Kelly Petersen of Pendleton, daughter Leilani Wilbur of Pendleton, his three grandchildren; Alexander, Logan and Shaylynn all of Pendleton, his father Logan Adams of Long Creek, Oregon, and brother Gary Adams of Monument, Oregon, as well as many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Aliene Adams.

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gary adams
   Posted Tue February 28, 2012
my little brother and my best friend, we will hunt together again love gary

John Vender
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
God walks with us. He scoops us up in His arms or simply sits with us in silent strength until we cannot avoid the awesome recognition that yes, even now, He is there. Gloria Gaither

Julie Clark
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
Thanks for all the stories and great laughs. May you hunt and fish to your hearts content. Rest in peace with God. I hope he can keep up with you. You will not be forgotten. Julie and Tawni

Duane W. Mitchell D.W.
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
Your friendship will be missed dearly, but the memories I have will bring smiles to me for ever.

Jim Aldrich
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
I will remember all of the good times that we had together as friends. We shared alot of hunting , fishing, and camping trips together. You will be in my thoughts forever. I will miss you.

Ron Fullerton
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
Gods got a good fisherman with him now that can show him how to catch the big ones. I will always remember our fishing trips.

Tawni ClarkHoltzman
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
"They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them." I really looked up to Bill as a little girl. He was very kind and I have great memories of a lot of fun times when I was a little girl. He will be one more "angel" watching over all of us. He and my Dad can share some good stories together about hunting, fishing, guns, and the mountains. He was truely a one of a kind!

Jeri & Mike Taylor
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
You will be missed friend. God's speed to you.

sheryll morris
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
Oh Billy I will truly miss you...........You, Lisa and I go way back............. Lisa know that my heart is with you at this time and I pray for your family to get through this. I am here for you if you need to talk.........With love Sheryll and Justin............Oh by the way Billy please tell Randy that I and Justin miss and love him very much

Gayle Benthin
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
Lisa I am so sorry about Bill. I am here for you!!!! Please call me. I would love to stop by and see you. Phone 443-5402 Much love to you and yours. Gayle

Jim GrosJacques
   Posted Wed February 29, 2012
Billy you will be missed. Our Friendship goes back a long ways. Our Fishing trips together will always put a smile on my face.

David Dinubilo
   Posted Thu March 01, 2012
God Bless

Leilani Wilbur
   Posted Thu March 01, 2012
Daddy I miss u it's been hard to cope mommy I want u to know I love you

Robert Cpl Bennett
   Posted Fri March 02, 2012
Lisa.. so sorry about bill. I will always remember his laid back ways and attitude when I would see him at the recycle building. May God bless you, I know he has Bill. Mary sends her condolences too. Bob..

KELLY ADAMS
   Posted Thu March 08, 2012
DADDY I WILL MISS YOU FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. I MISS YOU AND ALL THE MEMORIES WE SHARED. LOVE YOUR SON KELLY

LISA ADAMS
   Posted Thu March 08, 2012
TO MY LOVING HUSBAND, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND MY MEMORIES FOREVER. WE HAD SOME WILD AND CRAZY TIMES OVER THIS LAST 27 YEARS AND I WOULDN'T CHANGE A MOMENT OF IT. I WILL TREASURE OUR TIME TOGETHER FOREVER. LOVE YOU ALWAYS, YOUR WIFE.

ariel
   Posted Tue May 15, 2012
you were like my second father i loved you and your nachos i really do miss you R.I.P LOVE, ARIEL GARTON

lexus
   Posted Tue May 15, 2012
i miss you soo much i wish that you were still here i remember when you would always awing your cane around and when me,you,ariel,and lala were sitting in the living room and i sat on lala and she had a wopper in her mouth and you were looking at us like we were animals in the zooo...i miss and love you and i hope your having fun up there..xox i hope ur up there b***ching at brandi love and miss you lala and lexus

Leilani Wilbur
   Posted Sat November 11, 2017
Well Daddy, It’s Been 5 years, I’m graduated now. Got myself a car, and a place on my own, I’m starting to grow up, went to my first prom, got my first real boyfriend, my first heartbreak, and I can’t stop thinking about how you missed all of this, how I never got to say goodbye, or how I didn’t get the opportunity to apologize for the arguments that were caused before I left town 2 days before you passed, I’m sorry I didn’t get to go to yoir viewing, or I didn’t get to have any of your ashes, I’m sorry I don’t have a single picture of us together and I’m sorry I can’t deal with not having you. Things have been hard, I won’t have a father to meet the man I want to call my husband, I won’t have a father For him to ask his blessing to and I won’t have one to give me away at the end of the isle, you were my rock and my first love. Always. A Daughter will never forget the bikd shared with her father, no one has really written to you in the past 5 years so I thought I would finally leave a message after staring at this obituary for the last 6 months not having the guts to know what to say. And now I finally do. So I am sorry for all of the things we never got to experience, but everyday that you were there I was so so so grateful for you. I wish I could turn back time. Just to say goodbye. And that I love you.

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