Roger W. Adam
Long-time Shelby resident, Roger W. Adam, age 92, died Friday, September 26, 2014 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
Roger was born October 12, 1921 in Britton, Michigan the son of the late Frank and Carrie (Schull) Adam. He was a 1939 graduate of Shelby High School serving as class president for three years and represented the school at Buckeye Boys State in 1938.
After graduation he attended Heidelberg College on a government program, and as a result of that schooling, he worked as a nitrator (mixer of chemicals in making explosives for bombs) at the Plumbrook TNT plant in Sandusky. In 1942, Roger enrolled in the government’s V5 program and attended many Navy flight schools around the country. He received his Navy wings as a pilot, navigator and bombardier in 1944. As an Ensign, he left for the South Pacific in 1945 and flew Navy 4 engine patrol bombers from several islands including Iwo Jima. He flew cover for the surrender of the Japanese at the island of Truk and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 2 stars and other campaign ribbons. He was released from active duty in 1946 and in 1947 he married Catherine “Katie” Sheridan.
As Roger and Katie began their life together, Roger began his working career at Miller Shelby Products. After several name changes, it became Quanex and over the next 35 ½ years, Roger had many different jobs there. In 1982 he retired as the Director of Industrial Relations.
Roger was very active in community endeavors, serving on the following boards: Rehabilitation Services of North Central Ohio, United Fund of Shelby, Shelby Girl Scout Little House, Girl Scout Council of Mansfield and St. Mary’s Church Cemetery. When his son Denny was young, he served as a Little League baseball coach and in his later years, he was a courier for Med Central Shelby Hospital for 22 years, and delivered Meals on Wheels. He and his wife Katie were proud recipients of the Jess Rath Christian Volunteer Service Award. In 2010, Roger was inducted into the Shelby High School Hall of Distinction. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking.
Roger is survived by his children: Dennis (Elizabeth “Liz”) Adam of Shelby; Mary Ann (William “Bill”) Vaughan of Auburn, CA; Melinda (Bruce) Berdanier of Fairfield, CT; 5 grandchildren:
Renee Adam, Ben Vaughan, Katie (Anthony) Boyes, Aaron (Jessica) Berdanier, and Reid (Catherine) Berdanier; 2 sisters-in-law: Jerry Adam and Berdie Lambert both of Mansfield. He was preceded in death by: his dear wife, Katie in 2011; 6 brothers: Ford, Jack, Richard, Russell, Raymond, and Roscoe Adam; and a sister: Nellie Lorentz.
Friends and family may call on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby from 5-8 PM where a Christian wake service will be conducted at 8 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30 at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby with Father James Steinle officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial expressions may be made to the church or Shelby Helpline Ministries. To leave a condolence or share a memory with the Adam family, please visit