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Walter "Jake" Adkins

July 28, 1927 — May 8, 2024

Columbia City

Walter "Jake" Adkins, 96, of Columbia City, Indiana was born on July 28, 1927, in Miami County, Indiana to the late William and Cherl (Smith) Adkins. He passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, in Columbia City, Indiana. Known for his unwavering work ethic and kind heart, Jake leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered by all who knew him.  Jake moved to Whitley County Indiana in 1932 from Miami County, Indiana

Jake's life was one filled with dedication and commitment. After graduating from Columbia City High School with the Class of1945, he embarked on a career that spanned nearly four decades at Nipsco in Columbia City, Indiana. In 1987, he retired from Nipsco after giving 39 1/2 years of service. Additionally, Jake was the proud owner of Adkins Mobile Home Park from 1966 to 2002 which he built from the ground up.

A patriot at heart, Jake also served his country with honor and bravery. He was a WWII veteran of the US Merchant Marines in 1945 and later served as a US Army Corporal during the Korean War from 1946 to 1947.  

On, August 28, 1949, he married Eileen Tanner at Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City, Indiana.

Jake was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, BPO, Elks, American Legion and VFW all in Columbia City, Indiana.  He was on the City Council for 8 years and the Columbia City School Board for 6 years.  He was also past Exalted Ruler at the Columbia City Elks.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Jake was a man of varied interests and passions. He found joy in activities such as fishing, mushroom hunting, and traveling.  Jake was an avid patron of the Nook where he enjoyed daily coffee and stories with his friends.   However, above all else, his family held the most significant place in his heart. Jake was a devoted family man who always prioritized spending time with his loved ones.

Described as honest, hardworking, generous, and a loyal friend to all, Jake's warm personality endeared him to many. His proudest accomplishments included being a loving father to his four daughters – Victoria K. Adkins, Susan J. Bills, Catherine M. (Chris) Johnson, and Julia E. (Mark) Phegley. He would often boast about them with immense pride.

In addition to his daughters, Jake is survived by his ten grandchildren; many great-grandchildren (with three more on the way); and one great great grandchild who brought him immeasurable joy throughout his life. He also leaves behind his beloved sister, Cathaline Ressler.

Jake was also preceded in death by his loving spouse Eileen B. (Tanner) Adkins and his brother, Victor Adkins.

Throughout his life's journey, Jake touched the hearts of those around him with his kindness and unwavering love. His legacy will live on through the memories shared by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace knowing that he made a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him.

Visitation will be 10:00 am - 12:00 pm with Funeral Service at 12:00 pm Monday, May 13, 2024, at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Burial with military honors will take place at Greenhill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given in memory of Jake to Grace Lutheran Church Food Pantry or Stillwater Hospice.  Visit to send Jake's family online condolences or sign the online guest book.
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Monday, May 13, 2024

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