Charles "Chuck" Adams

Thursday, January 11th, 1934 - Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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Charles Wesley Adams, 87, joined his son, Howard, who predeceased him December 5th, 2020.

He was surrounded by his surviving sons Jeffrey and daughter in law, Trish; Christopher and daughter in law Carrie; daughter Theresa; grandchildren, Nicholas, Mikey, Ashlee, Avery, Riley, Annabelle, Joey, and Logan. 3 other grandchildren, Wes, Sophia, and Alex live in California.

Charles (Chuck) Wesley Adams was born January 11, 1934 in Sturgis, Michigan to Howard and Freda Adams. Chuck graduated from Sturgis High School where he majored in track and football and enrolled at Western Michigan University. He was drafted by the US Army but because he was a member of the Naval Reserve served in the Navy instead. After discharge he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Spaniola, and finished Western with a degree in accounting.

Upon graduation, Mary and Chuck moved to S. Bend where Chuck traveled as a member of the Bendix audit staff. For the next 5 years the growing family traveled with him whenever possible in their Holiday Rambler. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and when they moved to St. Joseph and Chuck’s new job at Heathkit, bought a Lake Michigan boat to go after the coho! Dad has been the topic of many fish stories. The dreaded trolling and fishless fishing to the point that fishing has skipped a generation to grandson Nick who always caught more than Gramps.

The dream of farm living became a reality when the now family of 6 bought historic White Gate Farm in Buchanan. Farm life agreed with the “city slickers” who excelled at 4H horse events and loved winters snowmobiling with great neighbors. Raising kids, a cow, horses, and cats, he once had 26 barn cats. He had them all named and when he gave them away would make a follow up visit to see if they were thriving. During 30 years at White Gate Farm, Chuck worked as comptroller over the Heath Company’s retail stores, retiring about the time Heath closed their doors.

He rode his Gold Wing motorcycle to work from the farm to St. Joseph everyday, weather permitting and was thrilled when Mary agreed to take a trip to New England provided they antique and visit historic restorations. Following was the car trip to pick up the antiques. Chuck loved athletic events in which his children excelled, and as his grandchildren began playing high school sports, he never missed a game.

Moving to the lake, 16 years ago, into a house Howard built for them, Chuck has enjoyed grandkids, boating, the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club, friends, dining out, and the Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph’s Church in Watervliet.

A Mass will be Celebrated at 11:00 A.M., Friday, February 26, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church Watervliet, 157 Lucinda Lane, Watervliet, MI 49098 with Fr. John Ambrose officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Watervliet. Memorials may be made to Sarett Nature Center, Fernwood Botanical Garden or St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in New Buffalo. Those wishing to share a memory of Charles online may do so at
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    Friday, February 26th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 26th, 2021 11:00am
    St. Joseph Catholic Church - Watervliet
    179 Lucinda Lane
    Watervliet, MI
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Andrea L Struble

Posted at 10:01am
My deepest prayers and condolences for all. I’m completely overwhelmed with thought your family has lost both the Patriarch in MrAdams and a precious son, Howie. I thankful for the joyous memories of knowing your family. Dearest Mrs Adams, I send my prayers and love.

Maureen Ovington

Posted at 09:01am
Mary and family, my deepest condolences in the loss of Chuck! I will miss riding by him in the neighborhood and poking fun with him!

Mary Adams Posted at 11:00am

Thank you, Mo!

William Martindale

Posted at 08:54am
Heartfelt Condolences to the Adams family. While at Ferris State, Mary and I met Howard and Kelly Adams. Towards the end of our days at Ferris, I gave my resume to Howard and he passed it along to his father. Chuck was able to setup a job interview through HR and I was hired into Heath Company. I will forever be grateful to Chuck and Howard, and what they did for me and my family. God Bless and may Chuck and Howard Rest in Peace.

Mary Adams Posted at 11:00am

Thank you, Bill. Nice to know.

Eric Wolff

Posted at 06:55pm
I feel fortunate; I remember the Holiday Rambler, the lake boat, the Gold Wing and Mr. Adams going hunting in the fields off of Cleveland Ave with the family dog, Ava. My family was very fortunate to have the Adams’ as neighbors and life long friends. With heartfelt sympathies, Eric Wolff

Mary Adams Posted at 11:02am

Good times, good memories!

Theresa Bruza Posted at 11:28am

Haha! Can you still hunt off of Cleveland?! My dad would if given the chance. Ahhh sooo fun!

Larry Knapp

Posted at 09:51am
I and Chuck's new found 'Pizza Hut' gang are sad. He was a welcome member of the group at the St. Joseph Pizza Hut. My specific memories go back to Heath Co. where besides playing cards at lunch we also worked together to create the VEC store accounting system. Chuck's humor was subtle; he and I joked a lot; he always said he would invite me to come on his boat at Paw Paw lake; he picked up a member of our group, Warren Haynes, so Warren could continue seeing his friends at the Pizza Hut. He loved his family and talked often of his grandson who played football at Lakeshore High. I personally will miss my old friend and miss the banter that we had and all his stories. May you rest in peace olde will be missed. I am better for knowing you. Adios.

Mary Adams Posted at 11:04am

He always looked forward to Fridays. Especially the 10th freebie!

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