Peoria, IL – Nicholas L. "Nick" Adkins, 79, of Peoria passed away at 4:35 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 in Winston Salem, NC. He was born Sept. 8, 1934 in Peoria, IL to Clayton and Neva (Gray Oehrlein) Adkins. He married Roberta L. Johnson in 1962. He later married Sandra L. Clay in Peoria in 2003. She survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Nikki Adkins of Peoria; 2 sons, Jeff Adkins of Little York, Scott (Maria) Adkins of Peoria; 4 step-children, Debbie (Terry) Green of Asheboro, NC, David (Chris) Clay of Gillespie, Tim (Vanessa) Clay of Lake Worth, FL, Andy (Chrissy) Clay of Rochester; 12 grandchildren and several...
Peoria, IL – Nicholas L. "Nick" Adkins, 79, of Peoria passed away at 4:35 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 in Winston Salem, NC.
He was born Sept. 8, 1934 in Peoria, IL to Clayton and Neva (Gray Oehrlein) Adkins. He married Roberta L. Johnson in 1962. He later married Sandra L. Clay in Peoria in 2003. She survives.
Also surviving are his daughter, Nikki Adkins of Peoria; 2 sons, Jeff Adkins of Little York, Scott (Maria) Adkins of Peoria; 4 step-children, Debbie (Terry) Green of Asheboro, NC, David (Chris) Clay of Gillespie, Tim (Vanessa) Clay of Lake Worth, FL, Andy (Chrissy) Clay of Rochester; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Vonne Gorman.
Nick started working at Bond Loan Company in Peoria before becoming a branch president of the First State Bank of Pekin. From there he opened a collection agency in Peoria. His next business venture was Adkins Commercial Brokerage, where he helped develop many facilities for persons with developmental disabilities, nursing homes and healthcare campuses, including Pekin Manor and Liberty Village. A side business he developed was Eagle Mortgage.
Nick had a belief that every individual should give back some of what has been given to him/her and expresses this belief in terms of time, talent and treasure. He especially finds satisfaction in helping young people to achieve adult lives that fulfill the dreams and promises found in each one.
Nick served on the Board of Directors for East Seals from 1986 – 2006. Of his time and talent Nick spent many hours in meetings, fund raising, and encouraging the children and families who receive services through Easter Seals. His treasure has been shared in annual contributions as well as a one-time donation to stimulate others to give by matching contributions from first-time donors during the Easter Seal Telethon in 2008.
Nick has been active with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Peoria since 1993 when he joined the Board of Directors of the organization. His has been a mission to create a safe place for children that offers hope, education, and activities to nurture the development of responsible citizens of tomorrow. He found the time to not only attend the meetings required, but enjoyed spending time whenever possible at the Club visiting with the boys and girls who come there. He worked tirelessly at the fund raising activities sponsored by the Club; he was one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave. Through his efforts the Club has initiated basketball and baseball teams so the members could participate in league play. Not only did he work to advance the Club as a whole, but he saw a need for a teenager who had been a member of the Club for some years who was an excellent student at Peoria Central High School. Nick contacted people at Bradley University and was able to locate a full scholarship for the student. As everyone who knew Nick would agree, the Boys & Girls Club was a passion of his and he continually encourages everyone in the entire community to recognize the positive outcomes of the Club for boys and girls in our community who do not have opportunities elsewhere.
He was an avid sports fan, especially the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Bears. He was a great artist completing numerous projects throughout his life.
Additionally, Nick's interest in helping young people included Bradley University. He has been a loyal fan of the University, a member of the Chief's Club, and sponsor of a student athlete through the Braves Scholarship Society. He finds satisfaction in watching the students develop in their careers and lives.
An example of his compassion for others included his actions, when he read in the newspaper that a person he had known when he was younger was having medical problems, he called to give encouragement. During the conversation she mentioned some of the problems she was having, so after talking to her Nick called a medical supply company, ordered the equipment she needed, and paid for the delivery. She hadn't asked him to do it; he saw a need and filled it.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Funeral Home with burial following at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria, Easter Seals, or EPCHS Class of 1952 Assistance Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.woolsey-wilton.com.