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Elwin Adams

Feb. 10, 1927-April 14, 2010

Elwin F. Adams, 83, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the VA Medical Center in Fargo.

Elwin was born the son of Delbert and Lillie (Faulkner) Adams on February 10, 1927 in Toad Lake Township, rural Becker County. He attended country school until 8th grade. As a teenager, he left home to work on the Al Eean farm near Spiritwood, N.D.

Elwin entered the United States Army in 1945 and received training at Camp Roberts in California. He then went on to Massachusetts before flying to Gander, Newfoundland, where he served as a military cook. Elwin returned to the United States by ship and received an honorable discharge in 1946.

Elwin returned to work for Al Eean for many years. In the early 1970s he began working for Clyde Johnson in Park Rapids, brushing out power lines, and also started to raise hogs. He continued in the hog business until retiring in 2004 due to ill health.

Elwin then moved from his farm to live with his niece Twila and her family until his death.

Surviving Elwin are his brother, Cecil (Elenora) Adams of Detroit Lakes; two sisters, Vera Lee of Spokane, Wash., and Margaret Pickett of Bovey, Minn.; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Elwin in death were his parents; two brothers, Earl and Kenneth; and one sister, Grace Pickett.

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. Monday, April 19 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Osage, with visitation from noon to 1 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the messages of sympathy section online at