In Memory of Rev. Don Adickes
Oct. 30, 1932 - May 1, 2021
Donald Adickes, 88, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 1, 2021. He was born on October 30, 1932 and was the only child of Hermann and Anne Adickes of New York, New York. While he was in Seminary in Philadelphia, Don married the love of his life, Marjorie Stong, on June 16, 1956, and together they have modeled a life of love, devotion and service to others.
Don served his country with 26 years of active duty as an Army Chaplain and received numerous awards and decorations, including three Legion of Merits. During his time in the military, he ministered to soldiers on the battlefields of Vietnam and to troops and their dependents in the United States and Germany. Don retired as a full Colonel in 1982 and spent the next 14 years as the senior Lutheran pastor at two churches in Waco and Dallas. Following his retirement and move with Marj to Fair Oaks Ranch in 1996, he was called to serve as an interim pastor to many Lutheran churches in San Antonio and throughout the Hill Country.
Don stated that the highpoint of his life was when he met and later married his wife Marj. Together, they shared 65 years of happiness, growth, adventure, challenges, joy and sorrow. Don will be greatly missed by his beloved family. He rejoiced in his three children, daughter, Donna Adickes Johnson of Edwards, CO; sons Mark Adickes and wife Jackie of Houston, TX and John Adickes and wife Lisa of San Antonio, TX. The joys of his life were his grandchildren – Trent Johnson, Will Johnson and Diana McShane; Sophie, Micah, Gabriella, Elijah and Eva Adickes; and Spencer Adickes.
Don loved being around soldiers, he knew that is what his ministry was all about. Don and Marj were always seeking to serve the Lord and His people in meaningful ways. He often wondered about the opportunities and challenges that God would set before him tomorrow. Don believed that a sense of humor and a positive outlook go a long way in life. His High School nicknames were “Sunshine” and “Beamer”. He was known far and wide for his big smile and cheerful disposition.
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 2 from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North at 3401 Cherry Ridge. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 3 at 11:00am at Concordia Lutheran Church with burial to follow at 1:00pm at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
We remember Rev. Adickes' family in our prayers and trust that the promise of the Resurrection is true and sure.
Bishop Sue Briner