Arthur Melvin Adamson (Art) a member of the south Devon community for 80 years, passed away on December 24th,2021. He was born October 2nd, 1941, He was the son of Gladys and Melvin Adamson who preceded him in death
Art was an Army Veteran who spent much of his Army days in Germany. He was a lifelong Farmer living most of his life on the family farm south of Devon. The poem “God Made a Farmer” covered much of his life. Art like all Farmers had projects from building furniture and his unique crafts but the largest project that he did was with Harry Benjamin! They planned, helped build (with all the dynamics of working with community members) and was one of the main water superintendents. He worked very diligently on keeping the plant running despite all the problems. He had job security until a year ago when Devon Water became part of the City of Shelby’s water system! He missed his water job a little but was happy that the people of South Devon had running clean water!! This project added value to all who lived on the South Devon Water Line!!
Art is survived by Diana, his wife of fifty-nine (59) years, a sister Valarie of Dupuyer, MT. A son Rod Adamson and wife Connie, of Billings, MT, Rod’s two daughters Katelynn and Sarah of Seattle, WA. Daughter Karyn and husband Mike, of Kenosha, WI, and their two children Shelby and Michael also from Kenosha. Lisa and her husband Lance Ballantyne, Shelby, Mt, and their two sons Brandon and Chase and his wife Kasidy), of Shelby and a special friend Kimmie of Shelby. Including cousins Steve and Leann Wymer; Gail and Dave ‘Melano’. Art also had several nieces and nephews.
Art attended Northern State College in Havre, Mt completing a 2-year degree in auto mechanics. It is also where he met his wife Diana (Bagnell) Adamson, and they were married Nov 29th, 1962.
No job was out of his reach for Art. He simply looked at each project as an opportunity to learn. He became an expert in fixing sewing machines to support the “Creative Needle” business in Shelby with his wife Diana. He became an expert in wood working making things for the home, but also products to sell or give away as gifts. As the song God Made a Farmer Says, “I need someone who can shape an axe handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe straps.” The ideas came from somewhere inside of his mind.
Art enjoyed hunting earlier in his life and became an excellent silhouette shooter. He was also a top-notch horseshoe pitcher seldom losing a game.
He was well known for his musical talents playing his 12-string guitar. He and his wife Diana made an awesome duo and used his musical talents supporting children’s programs, church services and other gatherings when requested.
Services will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church on January 8th,2022 in Chester at 2:00pm with a reception following the service at the church. Grave side service will be on Monday January 10th,2022 at the Valley View Cemetery in Shelby at 10am.
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