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Kenneth Douglas Adams, 71, of Belmont passed away on December 25, 2019 at  home under the loving care of his family.

The son of Thomas Alfred & Grace (Patrick) Adams, he was born on June 12, 1948 in Detroit. On November 2, 1973, in Southfield, MI, he married Cynthia Tobola, who survives him. Together, they enjoyed 46 years of marriage and raised 2 daughters.

He had a passion for golfing and loved his furry companions, Cohen, Dexter, and Lucky. Ken cherished the visits at the family cottage, and treasured time spent with his family.

Ken is survived by his wife, Cynthia Adams; daughters, Jennifer Fowler and Kristen Adams; grandchildren, Conrad Fowler and Brennan Fowler; brothers, Jeff & Nancy Adams and Greg Adams; along with several nieces & nephews.

Instead of flowers, Ken would have appreciated contributions in his memory to either Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Dr NW, Grand Rapids 48534;
or Gilda’s Club, 1806 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids 49504, 616-453-8300

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ken’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, MI 49548.


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4 Condolences

  1. Cheri mys on December 27, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Love to you all and our thoughts are with you. Love by all. Love Cheri and Dennis

  2. Marilyn Craik on December 28, 2019 at 1:52 am

    A good life
    A great loss
    A rare soul
    Thanks for all the laughs and great memories
    Rest easy dear friend.

  3. Jack Edwartoski on January 24, 2020 at 11:00 am


    I’m a golfing buddy of Ken’s from the 80’s and 90’s, and a mutual friend of John Cz. John called yesterday to tell me of Ken’s passing. Although I’ve not spoken to Ken in at least 10 years, I’ve prayed at least monthly for my friend.

    I go forward looking to see Ken someday in the future where he waits for all of us. Let not your grief surround you, but let His light shine upon you and the family and take comfort in the presence of our God’s mercy surrounding Ken in his new home in heaven.

    Peace and blessings!


  4. Rudy Vaquera on January 26, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Cindy and Family,

    I recently was contacted by John Czarnecki to the passing of Ken Adams. I was deeply saddened to hear of Ken’s passing.

    I was introduced to Ken by John Czarnecki while working at Barton Malow Company and playing on the golf league in the 80’s.

    Ken, John Czarnecki, Jack Edwartoski and I played on the same golf league. Those were some fun days and we all had a great friendship. Those memories will be forever.

    The last time I talked to Ken, if I remember well, was a golf day in the year of 1997. John Czarnecki was so kind to invite Ken, Jack and myself for a day at the TPC in Dearborn, MI. That was (23) twenty three years ago since I last talked with Ken.

    Ken was a great conversationalist, good golfer and smart. Ken was always willing to give you a golf tip if you asked him for advice.

    Of all Ken’s attributes, the one that stands out to me is; he was a very nice person.

    To reference the nice person Ken was, when John Czarnecki contacted me, he noted during his conversation with Ken, two weeks before Christmas, Ken wanted John to say hello to Jack and me and expressed he had good memories of the times together with the both of us, that was very touching!

    (23) twenty three years later and Ken was remembering and reaching out to Jack and myself. This is what I mean about Ken being a very nice person. Again (23) twenty three years later, that says a lot.

    I will say hello and remember fun times to Ken in my prayers tonight, for Ken is in heaven.

    I will pray for you (Cindy) and family in this time of mourning.

    Rudy Vaquera

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