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Obituary: Adamson, Joseph William Patrick

Age 67

(Age 67)

Of Chipley, entered Heaven on March 17, 2016.

Fair winds and following seas.

Services will be held this fall in his hometown.

Joe was born June 1, 1948 in Sunnyside, WA to the late Robert Earl and Marguerite (Chavet) Adamson.

As a teen, Joe worked for Herritt Trucking and Star Custom Trailers.

Graduate of Sunnyside High School, Class of 1966.

Attended Gonzaga University for a year.

His dream was to be part of the ballistic missile submarine forces.

Master Chief Adamson retired in December 1993 with 26 years.

Joe finished Submarine School 1968 and qualified in submarines 1970 on the GOLD crew of USS LEWIS & CLARK (SSBN644).

Other ballistic missile submarines he served on were USS HENRY CLAY (SSBN 625) GOLD and USS MICHIGAN (SSBN 727) GOLD.

His shore duty assignments were TRIDENT Training Facility, Commander Submarine Group Nine, Strategic Systems Programs and Military Sealift Command Cape Canaveral, FL.

Joe is survived by his life partner, Maria (Ri) McGlamery of Chipley, one son, Joseph Michael Adamson and wife Victoria of Renton, WA, one daughter, Kaelee Marie Harper and husband Shawn of San Antonio, TX, one grandson, Kieren Adamson, four granddaughters, Kiara, Makiah, Lila and Finley Harper, two sisters, Susan Manfred and husband Gerry of Spokane, WA, and Dianne Leger of Charlotte, NC, three brothers, Rob Adamson and wife Kathy of Auburn WA, Jeff Adamson and wife Jackie of Wenatchee, WA and Mark Adamson of Salem, OR.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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