Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 26, 2013

Reta "Jean" Adams Died March 19, 2013

DETOUR VILLAGE — Reta “Jean” Adams, age 87, of DeTour Village, Mich., died March 19, 2013, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. She was born Sept. 2, 1925, in Buckley to George and Eva Mae (Williams) Manchester.

Jean grew up in Buckley where she graduated from Buckley High School. She married her high school sweetheart, LeRoy H. Adams, on Dec. 20, 1945, upon his return from serving in the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. They lived in Buckely for a few years and then Paradise, DeTour Village, and Norway, Mich., moving with LeRoy’s work with the Department of Natural Resources. When LeRoy retired, they made DeTour their home once again.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Charlene (Russ) Fountain of DeTour; sons, Michael (Diane) Adams of DeTour, Gerald Adams of DeTour, Brian (Cheryl) Adams of Naubinway, and Scott (Ann) Adams of Norway, Mich.; 16 grandchildren, Sean Fountain, Ben Fountain, Eric Fountain, Cari Adams, Jason Adams, Tara Adams, Martin Adams, Amanda Kivasaari, Brenda Adams, Brittany Cevallos, Tiffany Clayton, Dominic Adams, Jared Adams, Sarah Adams, Andy Adams, and Jenny Howell; and 18 great-grandchildren, Alexa, Kira, Kylie, Leah, Deacon, Kegan, Justin, Rachelle, Dane, Tyler, Hunter, Grace, Declan, Jolie, Isabella, Aliya, Allison, and Liam. She is also survived by her inseparable twin sister, Rhea “June” von der Hoff of Interlochen.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy, in 2008 after 63 years of marriage; sisters, Glada Manchester and Gerry Smith; and granddaughter, Stacey Adams.

Private family services are being planned for the spring.

Memorials may be made to the DeTour Senior Dinners, c/o DeTour Village, PO Box 397, DeTour Village, MI 49725.

Reamer Galer Funeral Home, 24549 S. M-129, Pickford, Michigan is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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