Adam Brigner, Jr. of Minford, Ohio, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Hillview Retirement Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, after a long period of declining health. He was 90 years old. Born February 7, 1928 in New Boston, Ohio to the late Adam Otto Brigner and Edith Leona (Keppler) Brigner, Adam was a later resident of Clarktown, Ohio, and a graduate of Valley High School in the Class of 1948. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Bettie Jean (Kenneth) Rucker in 1973, and Ruth Opal (James) Arthur, in 1997. Retiring in 1990 after 42 years of service with the Norfolk & Western and Norfolk Southern Railways, he was a life-long resident of Scioto County, and resided in Minford for over 60 years. Stationed at Camp Stewart, Georgia, Adam served in the Army during the Korean War era. He was a member of the Minford United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee and Sunday School Superintendent for several years. A Mason, he belonged to Lucasville Masonic Lodge No. 465. When he was able, Adam enjoyed singing in the church choir, playing harmonica, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, and gardening. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and will be sorely missed. Adam is survived by his wife of 60 years, Donafaye S. (Smith) Brigner, son David Bryan (Andrea) Brigner of Dallas, Texas, daughter Karen Sue (Steve) Byington of Greenup, Kentucky, grandson Wesley Hayden “Gunther” Brigner of Dallas, and several nephews.
A Masonic service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Funeral services will immediately follow with the Pastor Dennis Bell officiating. Interment will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Military graveside rites will be conducted by James Irwin Post No. 622 American Legion. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Online condolences may be sent to WWW.EDAFH.COM.