A 21-year Chicago resident, he always made you smile with his humor. A Korean War veteran (corpsman), graduate of University of Kansas (MSW), psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist, Leroy supervised intake for the Nevada State Mental Health Institute and provided crisis intervention.
Leroy and his wife, Laura, co-founded Adams’ Enterprises, a garment manufacturing company. In his later years, he volunteered with World Relief and Hillside Free Methodist Church to resettle refugees throughout Chicagoland, sharing his home, resources and wisdom with many from all over the world.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Laura Belle Adams, children, most of whom he adopted, Joe Adams and Donna Sue Adams, John (Deirdre) Adams, the Rev. Dr. Mark (Kerrie) Adams, Michelle (George) Morales, Christopher (Patricia) Adams, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and two sisters, Velma Lane and Grace B. Roche.
There are many fathers in this world, but not many dads. Leroy was a great dad. Living life with him was like going on the best road trip ever — life was always full of little adventures. He was a rascal and a flirt. We thank him for his patience and understanding. He set high standards in life encouraging the family to work at achieving their best. He loved much and asked for little in return. We will miss you, Dad.
The memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Hillside Free Methodist Church, 2727 Crawford Ave., Evanston, Ill. His cremains will be laid to rest in the Adams’ family plot at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Parsons, in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to World Relief, 3507 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago, 60625, (773) 583-9191. DuPage Cremations Ltd. and Memorial Chapel, (800) 588-1132, were in charge of arrangements.