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Donald Dean Adams

June 28, 1943 — August 9, 2023

Maple Hill

Donald Dean Adams, 80, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus in Topeka.

Dean was born June 28, 1943, in Wamego, the son of T. Vernon and Ruby E. (Maes) Adams. Dean was raised and lived in the Maple Hill community. He graduated from Maple Hill High School in 1961.

Dean was a sheet metal worker who worked for Kansas Sheet Metal in Topeka for 18 years and Stevenson Sheet Metal in Topeka about 21 years and was a member of Sheet Metal Union Local 77.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, John, and a sister, Melba Jo Raine.

Dean and Theresa Ferguson were married on November 29, 1963, in Topeka.  She survives at their home.

Other survivors include his children: Scott (Julie) Adams, Overbrook; Cindy (Rex) Kraus, Topeka; and Joni Adams, Wichita; a brother, Paul Adams, Topeka; four sisters: his twin, Jean (Dan) Pipkins, Wiggins, MS; Eula (Dale) Schneider, Topeka; Beulah (Jerry) Grant, Hoyt; and Gayle (Steve) Schultz, Topeka; Ten grandchildren:  Mallory, Chelsa, Paris, Korey, Kasi, Kameron, Breanna, Rickey, Olivia, and Lucas; five great-grandchildren: Keagan, Karsyn, Hayden, Maelyn, and Emmett, with a sixth one due to arrive in October.

Memorial Graveside services and inurnment will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 18, 2023, at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Maple Hill, Kansas.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  To leave online condolences, go to


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