Lt. Col. Donald Adolph Adam (Ret.)


July 5, 1927 - Dec. 4, 2012



Lt. Col. Donald Adolph Adam (Ret.) was born July 5, 1927, to Albert and Frieda (Huess) Adam in Waukesha. He took his final flight Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, and joined his wife, Patricia (Leiendecker) Adam, along with his parents and brother, John Adam, in heaven.


He is survived by his sister, Mary (Adam) Hampton of Waukesha. He is further survived by his nieces, Diane and Kathleen,  both of Wisconsin, and nephews, Richard (Wisconsin), Michael (Tennessee), Robert (Arizona) and Anthony (Wisconsin).


He was preceded in death by a nephew, Donald, and a niece, Peggy, along with brother-in-law, Bob Hampton.


Lt. Col. Adam proudly served 36 years with the Army Air Corps. and U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot. He flew in several conflicts, including World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He served with NATO as well as with the United States Pentagon. He was proud of his service to his county and would readily share his stories with anyone who would listen. He traveled the world throughout his career with his beloved wife, Lt. Col. Patricia, and received numerous accommodations for his dedicated service. He and his wife, Pat, retired with friends and colleagues to  Air Force Village in San Antonio, Texas, where he resided for the past 18 years. He enjoyed conversing in German with several of his friends while residing at the village.


Special thanks should be given to the staff of Air Force Village, particularly, Freedom House, who assisted him in his final days. Special thanks to staff and physicians at Lackland Air Force Base (Wilford Hall) for their exceptional care during his retirement years.


A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 7, at Air Force Village. A memorial visitation/service will be held in Donís honor from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Prairie Home Cemetery Chapel in Waukesha, with interment to follow. Service will be provided by the Revs. Dave and Cristy Schoob.


Memorials  appreciated to the Waukesha VFW Post 721, where he proudly contributed to scholarships and charities.


Porter Loring Mortuary, 210-227-8221 is serving the family. You are invited to sign the guestbook at