He was born on December 25, 1937 in the New London Hospital to the late Albert Otto Adelman and Mary Josephine (Birmingham) Adelman. His family lived at 49 Wooster Street, a block from St. Paul’s Church and school, where he attended for 12 years. His sister, Patricia Ann (5 years older) married Charles Kocher and had two sons, Mark and David. She died at age 46 in 1979 after a kidney stone operation as a result of an analgesia error in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Sandusky. His father worked at various jobs and was employed as a Federal tax agent in the Norwalk post office. His mother worked as a telephone operator when they married, and was a stay at home mom and never learned how to drive. His father died at the age of 54, and his mother lived in the family home until she had to go to the Milan nursing home for the last 10 years, and she died at 89.
His working career began with the Kroger Co. in high school and after for 12 years. Then he worked at Industrial Nut, Sandusky, where he worked for 34 years, retiring on July 4, 2008. He worked until 70 1/2 years while his health was good, he later required a pacemaker. On April 20, 1963, he married Wanita P. Felton from Wakeman and had three sons, Lynn, Mike, and Neil. They bought four acres outside of Milan and raised their sons; then sold the house and built another on the west end of the property; and always had a big lawn to mow with both places. He was a member of the Edison Methodist Church in Milan for 25 years and then moved membership to Calvary Baptist Church in Norwalk. During his sons 10 years of Little League he took up coaching. He was in the National Guard for six years, a member of the American Legion in Sandusky; AMVETS in Sandusky and Eagles in Norwalk. He also enjoyed monitoring area sports teams as well as professional and college football and basketball. In 2017, he had pneumonia five times. In January of 2015 he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis lung disease. After noticing the doctor’s lack of attention, his treatment was moved to another doctor and it began at FRMC on August 27, 2017, and was not able to beat the disease.
A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Calvary Baptist Church, 250 Benedict Avenue, Norwalk with the Revs. James McClain and Joe Grof officiating. He had a good life; married for 54 years to Wanita, raised three wonderful sons, and four grandchildren. They vacationed nearly every year, lived in a nice house and had a good working career.
Arrangements entrusted to the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk.