Joseph P. Adkins, 89, of Bloomington, Indiana, formerly of Huntsville, passed away January 18, 2017, at Golden Living Center.

Born in Huntsville, February 24, 1927, he was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Alma Collins Adkins; and sister, Violet Sturgeon.

He joined the United States Navy, where he became a Seaman First Class during World War II, serving on several vessels, including the USS Pensacola, USS Coos Bay, and USS Pine Island. Following the war, he assisted with the de-militarization of Japan and was honorably discharged in 1946. He worked as in electronics manufacturing and engineering for RCA in Bloomington. Following his retirement from RCA, he worked for the American Red Cross for over 15 years, delivering blood to hospitals several times a week. He was a member of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church and loved playing music with his guitar, banjo, and dulcimer. He enjoyed reading and learning about electronics, engines, science, and math. He taught basic electronics at Hoosier Hills Vocational Schools and volunteered with the Junior Achievement non-profit organization.

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He is survived by his son, Donald (Cynthia) Adkins; daughters, Dina (Stephen) Finnerty; and Jodi (Steve) Adkins; grandchildren: April Adkins, David Adkins, Sarah Francis, and Ian Finnerty; great-grandchildren, Heather and Cordelia; sister, Janet Chaffin; and several nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

Military service was conducted February 18, at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory, Bloomington, Ind.

Arrangements by Allen Funeral Home and Crematory.

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