Wilbert Franklin Adey, 77, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at at Phelps County Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 8, 1934, in Prescott, son of Wilbert Vance and Elvesta “Ella” Beale Adey. He and Mildred Lankford were married July 9, 1958, in Houston.
He grew up in Ellis Prairie, where he also attended school.
He joined the Navy on Aug. 3, 1953, and served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged Aug. 2, 1957. He served in the reserves until Aug. 2, 1961.
After his military service, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for James H. Drew for 18 years. He was also a member of the Local 513.
In 1969, he and three of his children were baptized at Flat Rock — the same place he his children learned to swim. He was a member of the Gladden Freewill Baptist Church.
He loved to fly model airplanes and build anything mechanical, such as dune buggies for his children. He enjoyed flying his ultra light airplane, fishing at the lake, hunting and raising his garden. He went to town every morning to eat breakfast.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Adey.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mildred of the home in Bucyrus; two sons, Steve Adey of Bucyrus and Dwaine Adey of Houston; three daughters, Janet McCown of Licking, Connie Umfress of Success and Beverly Mays of Lebanon, MO; 13 grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Sue Burdick of Cabool.
Services were Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Ellis Prairie Baptist Church with Pastor Ted Moore officiating. Burial was in Ellis Prairie Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.