Alan Eugene McAdams, 78, of Joplin, Missouri, departed this life on Friday, October 18, 2019, while at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, after a brief illness.
Alan entered this life on March 25, 1941, in Loup City, Nebraska, son of the late Charles L. and Margaret A. (McGlone) McAdams. He was raised in Tarkio, Missouri, and graduated from Tarkio High School in the class of 1959. He furthered his education at the University of Missouri receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry. On October 26, 1968, he was united in marriage to Joy Louise Croston and together they shared 43 years before her passing on January 20, 2012. They resided in Nebraska, Iowa, and Texas before moving to Springfield, Missouri, in 1989 and eventually to Joplin in 1993. He was a sales rep throughout his life for various building supply companies. While living in Nebraska he managed Bayard Lumber Yard for many years. He was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Joplin. He enjoyed creative writing, researching family genealogy, photography, and entertaining his family and friends with his wit and humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joy McAdams; a son, Charles McAdams; a grandson, Alan Deal; and four brothers, Charles, David, Robert, and Mick McAdams.
Alan is survived by his five children, Rochelle Laborico and husband, David, Dickinson, North Dakota, Barbara Lingle and husband, Robert, Diamond, Missouri, Margaret Keenan and husband, Patrick, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Todd McAdams, Bellevue, Nebraska, and Philip McAdams, Colorado Springs; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary McAdams, Tarkio; a brother, Stephen McAdams and wife, Betty, Webb City, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Joplin, Missouri, with Father J. Friedel officiating. Graveside services will be at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 23, at the Home Cemetery in Tarkio, with Father Peter Ullrich, OSB officiating. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Parker Mortuary in Joplin, Missouri.