It is with great sadness that the family of Theodore E. Adams, 78, of Rochester, gives notice of his death on Thursday, June 13, 2019, from complications of Lewy Body Dementia. He died at home peacefully surrounded by his family.

Ted was born Nov. 10, 1940, in Stacyville, Iowa, to Ernest and Clara (Thome) Adams during the Armistice Day Blizzard. He graduated from Visitation High School in 1959. On July 4, 1959, he joined the Marine Corps. In 1973, he married Carol M. Akervik, and the couple lived in Rochester. After earning his nursing degree, he continued his education and became a CRNA. He worked at Mayo Clinic as a nurse anesthetist for 29 years.

Ted loved his career; caring for people was his passion. He was proud of his work in the Anesthesia Department at Mayo Clinic. He loved his family fiercely. Ted’s interests were endless. He loved flowers, birds and fishing. He loved all things history and attended the Scott Hosier WWII Round Table religiously.

A cause he was particularly dedicated to was support of veteran’s organizations. Ted was essential in helping to create SE Minnesota Honor Flight and was active in the Marine Corps League.

Ted will be lovingly remembered and missed greatly by his wife of 45 years, Carol; children, Amanda (Jamie), and Zac (Ginny); grandchildren, Kara, Eleanor, Kaylee, Charlie, and Isaac; siblings, Louise and Veronica; and numerous family members and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Clara Adams; siblings, Eugene, Adams and Walter Adams, and Teresa Mauer; and son, Jeffery Warner.

The memorial Mass for Ted will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester, with the Rev. James Berning officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the Mass on Saturday at St. Francis. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to the Marine Corps League Thor Detachment 606 of Rochester, Seasons Hospice or charity of your choice.

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