Lake County assessor Adams remembered for commitment to public life, family
By Christin Nance Lazerus email@example.com October 9, 2013 5:02PM
Updated: November 11, 2013 12:25PM
SCHERERVILLE — Former Lake County Assessor Hank Adams was remembered for his commitment to hard work, life in public service and love for his family on Wednesday afternoon.
Adams died in his sleep Sunday morning after battling bone cancer for more than a year. He was 77.
Adams served on the Schererville Town Council and as the St. John Township assessor before launching his underdog campaign for Lake County assessor in 2010. Defying the odds, Adams was elected by 610 votes, becoming the first Republican in 50 years to win countywide office.
In his eulogy, Black Oak Baptist Church senior pastor Bob Parnell said Adams’ dedication led him to retire from public life less than a week before his death.
“He worked hard until he couldn’t work any more,” Parnell said. “He wanted to get those tax bills out on time. He cut his own grass when he was in his 70s.
“He just enjoyed the work and the people. And he was always concerned for Jean (Shepherd, Adams’ wife).”
Shepherd, who is the St. John Township trustee, and Adams had been together 10 years before marrying in May.
A recent chemotherapy stint left Adams weak and he had to be hospitalized. On Sept. 29, Shepherd had picked Adams up from the hospital and took him home to receive hospice care. Parnell urged mourners to cherish their loved ones while they are still here.
“Seventy-seven years ago, God gave us a baby boy, and now we’re being asked to give him back,” Parnell said. “I know it’s not easy. Remember that peace, hope and comfort is available in God.”
After the funeral, a procession traveled to St. Michael Cemetery in Schererville for burial.