Adolphus W. ‘A.W’ Cares Jr.

Adolphus W. “A.W.” Cares Jr., 88, of Parsons died at 8:50 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at his home. He had been in failing health for the past two months.

He was born on May 18, 1931, to Adolphus W. Cares Sr. and Lottie W. Spurgeon Cares at their home in rural Parsons. Both parents are deceased. A.W. grew up on a farm and attended Fairview Grade School and graduated from Parsons High School in 1949.

A.W. and Peggy J. Stringer were married on Dec. 19, 1948, at her parents’ home in Parsons. They have two daughters, Terry Ashmore of Parsons and Becky Cornell of Shawnee; three grandchildren, Tammy Ashmore, Max Cornell (Molly Roberts) and Sarah Grindel (Neil); six great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

A.W. started farming when he was 14 and continued for several years while also working heavy construction. In 1955 he went to work for National P.A.C.O. of Denver as a trainee underwriter in property and casualty insurance and after two years was transferred to the claims department and worked as an adjuster for property and casualty claims. In 1961 he started working for Kansas Claims Service in Parsons.

In 1967 A.W. began working for Shelter Insurance as a casualty adjuster and was later promoted to supervisor. In 1976 he was promoted to branch claims manager in Lincoln, Nebraska, and later transferred to Topeka. A.W. continued working for Shelter Insurance as a branch claims manager until he retired in 1996. At that time, he and Peggy moved back to Parsons to be close to their children and grandchildren. Peggy survives the home.

A.W. and Peggy were longtime members of First Baptist Church in Parsons. A.W. was also a longtime member of the Elks, receiving his 50-year pin in 2011.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting and had a large garden in his younger years. When he retired A.W. began golfing and was an avid golfer for 15 years and enjoyed the many golf courses in the Southeast Kansas area.

He and Peggy were married on Dec. 19, 1948, while still in high school and enjoyed many happy years together. They enjoyed traveling and had visited 49 of the 50 states, Northern Mexico and all of the provinces of Canada.

The service will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home with Pastor Max Cornell officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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