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Elton "Al" Adam, 87, of Langdon, ND passed away suddenly on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Cavalier County Memorial Hospital in Langdon.
Elton Edwin "Al" Adam was born on December 29, 1931, on the family farm near Streeter, ND, to Edwin and Christine (Henke) Adam. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and carried that faithfulness through his entire life. His early years were spent on the farm the family purchased near Montpelier, ND, with his older sister, Ellenora, and his younger brother, Lee. Al graduated from Jamestown High School with the class of 1952. His early employment was with the Northern Pacific Railroad as Depot Agent. It was while Al was the Depot Agent in Esmond, ND, that he met the love of his life, Dorothy Reierson. They were engaged to be married when he was drafted into the Army. Inducted in 1956, Al spent 18 months of his two-year service in Germany as a radio specialist and telegrapher for the General. He was honorably discharged on May 7, 1958. Al and Dorothy were married on July 19, 1958, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Esmond. Thus began a love story of more than 60 years.
Al and Dorothy were blessed with a son, Jay Elton, in 1960, followed bya daughter, Stephanie Jeanne, in 1966. They moved their young family from Esmond to Langdon in 1968 when Al took a position as the Farmers Union Insurance agent. He continued in this capacity until 1974 when he became the branch manager for Metropolitan Savings and Loan, later named Metropolitan Federal Bank. He retired from the bank after more than 20 years.
Al was widely known in Cavalier County and far beyond. It seemed they couldn’t go anywhere without running into someone he knew…or was related to somehow! Al never knew a stranger, just friends he hadn’t met yet. He was well-known for his ready smile, quick wit, and huge heart. He had many hobbies and interests over the years. He was an excellent marksman and would shoot competitively. He enjoyed billiards and hunting waterfowl and upland birds with family and friends for many years, but his real passion was golfing. He was very proud of his status as “2nd oldest” on the senior golf tour. Al also refereed high school basketball for 17 years. If there was a strong rivalry game in Cavalier County, Al was called to ref. He could be counted on to be fair and impartial on the court. In 1980 Al fulfilled a life-long dream when he attended Reisch College of Auctioneering. His son, Jay, followed in 1981, and Double A Auctioneers was born. With Al and Jay handling the mic, Dorothy, Stephanie and Mary handled the money with Adam Clerking. Stephanie attended auction school in 1997 so Al could hand off some duties. The family continued this business until 2013 when they closed the business. With a deep and abiding faith in God, Al and Dorothy have been members of United Lutheran Church and its choir since the family moved to the area in 1968.
Left to carry on his legacy are his bride of more than 60 years, Dorothy, of Langdon; son Jay (Mary) Adam of Langdon; daughter Stephanie (Ed) Van Beek of Pollock, SD; grandchildren: Keeley (Matt) Witzel of Shakopee, MN, Tanner Adam (Kelsey Christiansen) of Fargo, ND, Chad Van Beek of Lincoln, ND, Breanna (Sean) Forster of Evans, CO, and Alistair (Jared) Kuss of Lincoln, ND; great-grandchildren Regan and Weston Witzel, Reier Forster and baby Forster due in July, and baby Kuss due in September; sister Ellenora Todahl; sister-in-law LaVonne Bengson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dwight and Mary Jelsing and many nieces and nephews. Al was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Lee and Beverly Adam, brother-in-law Oscar Todahl, brothers and sisters-in-law Merton and Virginia Reierson & Basil and Ellen Truax, brother-in-law William (Bud) Bengson, nephews Arden Todahl and Terry Adam, and Chad’s daughters Caidlyn and Madison.
A celebration of Al’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at United Lutheran Church in Langdon, ND. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, March 22, 2019, at United Lutheran Church in Langdon and for one hour prior to service time at the church on Saturday. Burial will be held at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND, on Monday, March 25, 2019.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
United Lutheran Church
1216 9th Avenue
Langdon, ND 58249
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service on Friday, March 22, 2019, at United Lutheran Church in Langdon and for one hour prior to service time at the church on Saturday. Burial will be held at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND, on Monday, March 25, 2019.
So sorry for your loss. Your dad was always so nice to everyone and always had that great smile. You have my prayers and deepest sympathies. Patti (Delvo) Sell
Patti (Delvo) Sell Apr 3 2019 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy Stephanie to you and your family.
Sherry (Hoffarth) Hildebrand Mar 31 2019 12:00 AM
Dorothy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. I remember him from the Langdon Country Club back in the early 70's. You were the one who signed my marriage certificate in 1973! I worked for the States Attorney's office (Bill Heiggard and Nolan Holo) and always have remembered your kindness to me. Prayers to you and your family. Becky (Westcott) Siam
Becky Siam Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM
To the Adams family so sorry for your loss of such a great man to me I always remember the american legion baseball days he was such a great coach and such a great person sorry for your loss.
Dale and Ranae Clover Mar 24 2019 12:00 AM
Reflecting on my memories having Al, just one of those people that always made a person feel "he cared", I remember his smile no matter where you saw him. He loved his family and community.I have been fortunate to know such a kind person. Blessings to you all as you continue your life's journey with him gone on ahead. Betty
Betty Fetzer Mar 23 2019 12:00 AM
Sympathy to Dorothy and family. Very good friends
Kerwin and Flora Borgen Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM
I am so grateful that i have had the opportunity to get to know my cousin Elton and Dorothy during the past 15 years of Adam Family Reunions. He was always the auctioneer and Dorothy always brought her specialty! You will be MISSED! My condolences to the entire family.
Janet (Adam) Bricker Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM
My sympathies to Dorothy, Jay, Stephanie and all of Al's loved ones.
Lori Halvorson Schlieve Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM
Al was a good guy and I will miss him. We had many good times together throughout the years. Al and family were very faithful church choir members(1968-present), and more recently, Al and I enjoyed many special days golfing. God bless his memory.
John and Kathie Johnson Mar 21 2019 12:00 AM
Our deepest condolence to the Adams family. He will be so missed by his family, friends and his community . Bless his memory .
Richard and Marvis Truax Mar 21 2019 12:00 AM