Rockford-Maynard R. Adolphson, 88, of Rockford passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in his home with family by his side.
He was born June 12, 1923, in Rockford to Axel and Della (Johnson) Adolphson. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, he served as a Staff Sergeant in the 106th Infantry Division. He was taken as a prisoner of war during the Battle of the Bulge. After his liberation, he married Joan Hatcher on June 2, 1945. Maynard worked for Woodward Governor, retiring after 44 years of service. He enjoyed spending time in his workshop working on all types of projects including, refinishing furniture and his collection of kerosene lamps. He was a lifetime member of the 106th Infantry Division Association and attended the reunions every year. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, whether it was at his cabin in Northern Wisconsin or lending a helping hand to his children. He is survived by his children, Julie (Dan Miller) Kosinski, Dean (Marlyn Gustafson) Adolphson, Mark (Jonna) Adolphson, and Nancy (Randy) Rainwater, all of the Rockford area; grandchildren, Jenny Kosinski, Katie (Mark Caruana) Kosinski, Taylor Adolphson, and Max Adolphson; his sister, Inez Davis; many nieces and nephews; and many loving family members in Sweden. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; his parents; his sisters, Doris Adolphson, Violet Erb, and Arlene Huntley; his brother, Helge Karlsson; and his brothers-in-law, Harry Davis and Elmer Huntley. Special thank you to Dr. Peter Phelan and Heartland Hospice. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd. Visitation will continue from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, at Broadway Covenant Church, 3525 Broadway, Rockford. The service will be at 11:00 a.m. Private burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Broadway Covenant Church or to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter in honor of his wife, Joan.