BARAGA — Paul Adams, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday January 4, 2020 at Omega House in Houghton, from long-term heart disease and recently-diagnosed acute myelogenous leukemia. In the last week of his life he was surrounded by family and friends, many of which traveled long distances to be with him.
Paul was born on July 8, 1936 in Hazel Park, to Lempi (Parkkila) Adams (later Kemppainen) and Clayton Adams. He graduated from Graveraet High School in 1954, and served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 and was stationed in Germany.
He married Phyllis (Pulkki) Adams on August 2, 1958. His career was primarily in the trucking and ornamental iron industry. Paul was a lifetime member of the Finnish Association in Farmington Hills, Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie, Baraga American Legion Post 444, Otter Lake Sportsmans Club, Baraga Lions Club and a volunteer at the Hanka Homestead. Paul’s engaging personality made everyone who knew him feel welcome and loved. Paul especially liked to meet and make connections with people wherever he traveled. When he and Phyllis entered the room, the room was immediately full of friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Phyllis (Pulkki) Adams in 2011; father, Clayton Adams in 1947; mother, Lempi Parkkila Adams Kemppainen in 1979; stepfather, Lauri Kemppainen in 1979; brother, Clayton Adams (Donna) in 2015; brother, John Adams (Lorraine) in 2018; and sister, Nancy Adams Neuman Palmer (Ron) in 2005.
He is survived by son, Mike Adams (Gail) of Baraga; daughter, Tammy Damrath (Will) of Englewood, Colorado; grandson, Tyler Adams (Emily) of Novi; grandsons, Luke and Clayton Damrath of Englewood, Colorado; sister-in-law, Kathryn (Pulkki) Kokkila of Hancock; special friend, Janet Penhale of Negaunee; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Paul will be held on June 6, 2020, at Mission United Lutheran Church in Pelkie, Michgan. More details will be provided in late May.
Paul’s obituary may also be viewed and condolences sent to the family at reidfuneralservicechapel.com
The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.