Charles Adams, Jr., father of Charlie Adams, 1965

Posted by Exeter Alumni at 5/26/2011 7:00:00 AM


Father of Charles Adams III, a 1965 Exeter graduate and an Exeter Township "fixture".

Born in Reading, he was the son of Charles J Adams, Sr. and Edith Nichols Yeich.

Charles will undoubtedly be missed at the banks, burger joints, restaurants, markets, and the off-track betting facility in Exeter Township. He would regale anyone who would listen with his colorful tales and treat them to copies of his latest columns (Adams' Apples) that were published in the Berks-Mont newspapers.

Writing those columns, as well as articles in several veterans' newspapers and newsletters, became his passion after many years as a successful businessman. Adams Dry Cleaners was a Reading fixture for some 50 years. He was a partner in that business with his father and brother, Robert, until he retired. Even as a partner, however, he preferred that his primary function be a delivery driver, where he established rapport and respect of his many loyal customers.

He was a decorated sailor aboard LST 281, which was among the ships landing on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He also served in invasions in the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters.

In 1994, he was invited by the Queen of England to attend the 50th Anniversary of D-Day with a visit to Normandy and a dinner with monarchs and presidents in Portsmouth, England.

On the day of his passing, a letter on his desk informed him that he had been awarded the French Legion of Honor medal for his participation on D-Day. It will now be awarded posthumously.

Services will be at Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., 65 S. 4th Street, Hamburg on Thursday, June 9 at 11 a.m. with interment in St. John's Cemetery, Hamburg. A gathering for friends and family will follow the burial.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Exeter Community Library,