Services held for Fr. Adams, oldest priest serving diocese

Father Edmond F. Adams of Fort Dodge – the oldest priest of the Diocese of Sioux City – died Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. He was 98.Father Edmond Adams

Services were Oct. 29 at Sacred Heart Church, Fort Dodge, with Bishop R. Walker Nickless officiating. Burial was in Corpus Christi Cemetery, Fort Dodge, under the direction of Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home, Fort Dodge.

Edmond Francis Adams was born Nov. 8, 1919, in Fort Dodge to Raymond and Katherine (Brenner) Adams. He attended Sacred Heart School. After graduation, he attended college and seminary at Trinity College, Sioux City. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he attended Loras College, Dubuque, then St. Louis (Mo.) University and concluded studies at St. Mary Seminary, Baltimore, Md.

Father Adams was ordained a priest June 7, 1952, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City.

He first served as assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception, Sioux City. In 1954, he became an assistant pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish, Bancroft. In 1958, Father Ed served as the assistant pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Carroll. He was named pastor of St. John Parish, Gilmore City, and St. Patrick on the Lizard from 1960-1963. Father Adams served on duty outside of the diocese from 1963 to 1972 as a missionary priest in South America for the Society of St. James the Apostle. Upon his return, he was vicar adjutor and pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Wall Lake. In 1974, Father Ed was the pastor of St. Mary Parish in Larchwood and his final assignment was pastor of St. Mary Parish in Hawarden. In 1994, Father Ed retired and made Fort Dodge his home.

When asked at age 95 to what he attributed his longevity, Father Adams replied, “I attribute it to breathing – every day, I breathe, and that’s how I lived this long.”

He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.

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