John Adams

Obituary of John Adams

John Merlin Adams, 67, of Winchester, Ill., lost a short but valiant battle to cancer on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield. He was born in Chicago on June 10, 1950, to Merlin and Esther Adams.  


John was a graduate of the University of Illinois and a librarian for his entire career. He served as library director in Moline, Illinois; Hillsborough County, Florida; and Orange County, California. An aficionado of ancient Egypt since childhood, he was a member of the American Research Center in Egypt and a founding member of its chapter in Orange County, Calif. He also wrote extensively on the topic, including one book, The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis’s Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings. An avid fan of blues music and scotch whiskey, he loved traveling and laughing with friends as much as he enjoyed staying home watching television with a big dog asleep on his lap. 


Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Nancy Adams, of Winchester; his daughter, Arwen (John) Bicknell, and his grandson, Thomas Bicknell, both of Haymarket, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bruce Adams.


No services are planned. Memorial contributions can be made to the Winchester Public Library, 215 N. Main St., Winchester, IL  62964. 

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The Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester is in charge of the arrangements.