A Gentle Man
With family at his side, he peacefully ended his long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Survived by his devoted wife of 25 years, Dr. M. Sandra Casper – “Sandy”, daughters Nancy (Michael) Trauffler, Kerry Ramirez and Margaret (Thom) Geshay, cherished grandchildren: Ryan, Lexton, Kyle, Jenna, Cooper, Nicholas, Madeline and Gabrielle. Further survived by his brother Joseph Adamson. David joins his parents Joseph and Helen Adamson, sisters Gertrude Adamson, Alice Huber, sons Brian Adamson and an infant son.
Born and raised in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. David actively served as a Captain in the United States Air Force and obtained an Engineering Degree and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He spent over 42 years in the Steel Industry and moved to Milwaukee 32 years ago to become President of Bell Steel Inc.
He loved tennis and was proud to participate in the 2001 Senior National Tennis Championships. He met his wife on the tennis court and always called it a “Love, Love Match.” He valued his friendships and will be remembered for his calm demeanor, logical approach and his love of humor.
A Gathering at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 4th, 2020 4-5PM. Vigil Service at 5PM with a reception to follow celebrating David’s life. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Joseph Catholic Church. The family wishes to thank Neurologist Karen Blindauer, M.D. and Zilber Family Hospice. Memorials in his name can be made to Zilber or the Wisconsin Parkinson’s Association.
David Anthony Adamson, formerly of Washington, PA, passed away peacefully, Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the age of 85. He was a current resident of Brookfield, WI.
A son of Joseph Regis and Helen (Anthony) Adamson, he was a 1952 graduate of Canonsburg High School, and obtained an engineering degree and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He actively served as a Captain in the US Air Force from 1956 – 1959.
He spent the majority of his career in the steel industry beginning at Jessop Steel Co. and later Precision Industries both in Washington, PA; Al Tech Steel, Dunkirk, NY, and as President of Bell Steel, Milwaukee, WI.
David valued his friendships and anyone who would share a laugh. He was an avid tennis player and proud that his team participated in the 2001 Senior National Tennis Championships. He was a long-time member of Immaculate Conception Church serving as a lector and President Catholic Social Services.
He was passionate about his volunteer positions and held many: Chairman Washington County Red Cross, President Jessop Management Association, President Washington County United Way, Director Washington County Industrial Development Corporation, President Greater Washington Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Lincoln Savings Bank - Carnegie, PA, Treasurer Trinity School Building Authority, Washington Jaycees and Instructor at Bethany College.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Dr. M. Sandra Casper as well as his daughters Nancy (Michael) Trauffler of The Woodlands, TX, Kerry Ramirez of Phoenix, AZ, and Margaret (Thom) Geshay of Marietta, GA; 8 grandchildren: Ryan, Lexton, Kyle and Jenna Trauffler, Cooper Libenguth and Gabrielle Ramirez, and Nicholas and Madeline Geshay. He is also survived by his brother Joseph R. Adamson of Canonsburg, PA. Preceeding him in death is his first wife Joan Taper Adamson, his son Brian D. Adamson, an infant son, and his sisters Gertrude Adamson and Alice Huber.
Friends and family will be received at the Becker Ritter Funeral Home, Brookfield, WI on Friday, September 4th, from 4 – 5 pm. Vigil Service at 5pm with a reception to follow celebrating David’s life. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am, Saturday, Sep 5th at St Joseph Catholic Church, Wauwatosa, WI. Memorials in his name may be made to Zilber Family Hospice, Wauwatosa, WI or to the Wisconsin Parkinson’s Association, Brookfield, WI.
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