Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 2, 2014

Jerry Samuel Adams

KINGSLEY — Jerry Samuel Adams, 72, of Kingsley, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at home. He was born on Nov. 29, 1941, in Traverse City, the son of Samuel and Joy (Swainston) Adams.

After high school Jerry joined the U.S. Army. He served in the South during the Civil Rights movement.

He returned to Traverse City and worked as a resident care aide at the Traverse City State Hospital for over 19 years. After the State Hospital closed he and his wife moved to Grand Rapids, where he worked for the VA Hospital. He then worked for S. Abraham’s in Grand Rapids.

Jerry was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved birds and animals of all kinds, domestic and wild. He was an awesome gardener and enjoyed growing all kinds of vegetables, especially his 15-foot tomato plants.

Jerry will be greatly missed by his wife, Cynthia (Roddy) Adams, of Grand Rapids; children, Kelley (Chris) Adams, of San Antonio, Texas, Shane Adams, of Kingsley, and Heather (Marty) Oczkus, of Aurora, Mo.; grandchildren, Hannah and M.J. Oczkus; gardening buddy and sister-in-law, Katy Hedden, of Kingsley; friend since childhood, John Dobson, of Kingsley; and longtime friend, Jerry Neuman, of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Adams.

Cremation will take place. An informal gathering will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Please visit Jerry’s webpage at to sign the guestbook and share a message with his family.

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