Frederick David Adams, Sr.

1947 - 2020

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Frederick David Adams was born April 20th, 1947 in Findlay, Ohio to Frederick O. Adams, and Sarah E. (Allen) Adams. Fred died of complications due to Congestive Heart Failure at Blanchard Valley Hospital early Monday morning, February 17, 2020. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Adams; mother, Sarah Adams; ex-wife, Rita Adams; and granddaughter, Johnae Jones. He is survived by his sister, Vici Adams-Hill; daughter, Tisha M. Adams (Joe Thames); sons: Frederick D. Adams Jr, (Wendy Adams), Scott P. Adams (Teasha Adams), and Barry Adams; lifelong companion, Jan Ickes; 14 Grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Fred graduated in the second class of the new Findlay High School in 1965, at the age of 18. He worked for the Ohio State Department of Highways for one year before enlisting in the Army. He completed basic training at Ft. Benning and was assigned to the heavy equipment school at Ft. Belvoir, VA. In 1967, Fred was sent to Ft. Knox and assigned to the US Army Armor and Engineer Board, where the Army tested prototype weapons and equipment before being used on the front line. Fred worked with the Sheridan M551 tank, the Raider, and the new 715 Jeep/truck. He would stay there until October of 1967, when orders were cut for him to go to Vietnam. Fred arrived in Pleiku in December of 1967 with the 62nd Maintenance Battalion, providing direct support to various units stationed at Engineer Hill, Pleiku, Vietnam. (In his little free time, Fred used a Fujica and then a Pennee camera to capture amazing pictures of daily military life in Vietnam.) Upon his return to civilian life, the military life was still in his blood, however, and Fred enlisted in the Ohio National Guard, where he served with the 837th Engineers from 1973 to 1983. He transferred to the Army Reserves in Toledo and served until 1990. He left the Army with the rank of Sergeant First Class. Fred stayed active in his community, working closely with the Junior Achievement program at Marathon and being a Cubmaster for Pack 322 for more than ten years. He has spoken for years at local schools about his Vietnam war experiences. He was a member of the Amvets, DAV, and the VFW. He was head steward, trustee, and lifelong member of Mason Chapel AME church, and was instrumental in getting the church recognized as an Ohio historical edifice. Fred has achieved many awards and accolades, including Hancock County Veteran of the Year. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME and services will be held at Mason Chapel AME church, 845 Liberty St., Findlay, Ohio. Visitation will be Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm, and the funeral service from 1:00-2:30pm. Graveside service will be at Knollcrest Cemetery 18085 SR 12 Arcadia, Oh. The Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad will present military rites at the cemetery. Flowers and other funerary gifts can be sent to Mason Chapel AME church. Online condolences may be expressed at The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and goodwill during this time of mourning. God Bless.

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    Mason Chapel AME Church [Map]
    845 Liberty St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Saturday, February 22nd 2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, February 22nd 2020 - 1:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    Mason Chapel AME Church [Map]
    845 Liberty St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Cemetery [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, Ohio 44804

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To : Fredrick David Adams Sr Family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : Kenneth E Adams
I'm sorry for your lost, I will miss my cousin David and fellow Vietnam Veteran too! One of my favorite memories of David is, when me cousin David and cousin Michael walked from Findlay to Fostoria along the old Nickle Plate Railroad tracks, in the
early 1960's. I also called and talk to David from my radio van while we were in Vietnam. I salute you David and Thank You for your service too!God Bless You!

To : Frederick Adams family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : Darrell Huber US Army ret
Condolences and prayers during this difficult time. Fred was a mentor, friend and one of the best people I've had the honor to call my friend. Till Valhalla Fred, where all Heroes gather.

To : Adams family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : Mary Aldrich
Having known Dave nearly my whole life, as kids, and neighbor for many years, it’s so hard to think of him as no longer my neighbor! I can still hear that booming voice across the street, hear him yelling to me as I helped my kids and grandkids learn to ride bicycles. One day as he was moving from the neighborhood he drove past my house, backed up then drove into the driveway just to give me a hard time! Yes, he will be missed by many! He left a footprint for family members to follow. As you walk through the days, months and years ahead keep those memories alive and know how much he loved each and every one of you! 😇

To : Adam's Family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : John Wells
I'm very sorry about your loss! I was with Dave inthe Ohio National Guard in Findlay .Dave was a thoughtful caring person with a great sense of humor! I was also at Pleiku Vietnam@

To : Adams Family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : Elaine Parrish
I am so sry to hear of your fathers' passing we have known each other for many many uyears he and my father use to go fishing together. He will be truly missed if there is any thing I can help you with please feel free to contact me and again I I deeply sry for your lost.

To : Adams Family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : Chester England
I remember all the good times Dave and I had growing up. We did a lot of things together then. We graduated as classmates from Findlay High School. The last time I saw him was at the 50th year class reunion and we talked for quite a while. He was a good man and will be missed.

To : Adams Family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : Gary Dindal
I wish to express my condolences at the passing of Dave. I remember him well from high school and I’m sure he was loved and will be very much missed. He was a fine man. So long Dave.

Gary Dindal

To : The Adams family Jan Ickes
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : Ohio Motorpool Inc
Ohio Motorpool officers and members would like to send you their very sincerest of Sympathies in this rough time. Dave was a guy with a heart of gold and was always willing to lend a helping hand. We will miss him very much but God has a new right hand man now!

To : The Adams Family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : John Hawk
I first met Fred when I joined the Army National Guard in Lima! I served 2 tours in Vietnam,needless to say Fred and I a long with Terry Starr hit it off from day one! I will always remember the great times we had at Annual Training at Camp Grayling Michigan!He will be missed! We will meet again in Valhalla,Warrior!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

To : David and his family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : Richard Shelley
Growing up David and I were friends. We lived on Crystal Avenue very close to his home. He was a great classmate and I celebrate his life. God bless him and his surviving family.

Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
To the family, I am very sorry for your loss. David was a dear friend of many of us from Findlay. May God Bless him and his family. R.I.P. Vietnam bROTHER

To : Adam's Family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : Helen K Stahl
Condolences to the family on the passing of David.
He was a friend that goes all the way back to Jr High School, and graduation class of 1965. He will be missed by many

To : Vici and Frederick Adams Family
Date :Thursday, February 20th 2020
From : Alan Chortie
I Knew Dave thru His cousin Mike...I lived on Winfield..Dave always had A smile and good words for everyone..And How many Records had Dave and Vici collected ?? God Bless you Dave was great to know you..2

To : Adams Family
Date :Friday, February 21st 2020
From : Joe Carolyn Frost
Oh man, Dave was such a great guy. A salute to a great veteran. Always a smile and a hello. Sorry for your loss.

To : David Adams' Family
Date :Friday, February 21st 2020
From : Colonel Roger Wise
My deepest condolences to the family for their untimely loss. Dave was a classmate and fellow Vietnam Veteran. I salute his service to our country. May he rest in peace.

To : Family of David Adams
Date :Friday, February 21st 2020
From : Sally Dorsey Guilford
Please accept my condolences for your loss of David. He was a valued member of the Class of '65. I thank him for his service to our country and God grant him eternal peace. (I was a classmate of his at FHS.)

To : David Adams Family
Date :Friday, February 21st 2020
From : Karol Dean Lee
So sorry for your loss
I worked as the Secretary at the Marathon Garage the last 10 years we were all there.
He will be missed by many, I know his Family was the most important of his life
You have all our Sympathy and Prayers

RIP Davey!

To : The Family of David Adams
Date :Friday, February 21st 2020
From : Jayne Roberts Young
I am so sorry for your loss! Having known David all of my life as members of Mason Chapel and our parents friendships. I always enjoyed waving to him in the local parades. Thank you for your service David, may you Rest In Peace!

To : Adams Family
Date :Friday, February 21st 2020
From : Sue and Dennis Bowers
Our sincere condolences to Dave's family. We knew him to be a good son to his mother and a great uncle and father for his family. God bless Dave, and all his family.

To : The family of David Adams
Date :Friday, February 21st 2020
From : Butch Roberts
You all have my sympathies. David was for sure Heaven sent. Growing up in Findlay at the same time we hung out a lot, especially in our teen years. I smile thinking about those days, we had big bunches of good times and innocent fun. He was a good friend and a fine man and he will be missed by all. Thank you David for your friendship and your service to our country. Rest in peace my brother!

To : The Adams Family
Date :Saturday, February 22nd 2020
From : Joshua Zellers
Dave was a true man of valor. He served his family and country with am everlasting impression. I am blessed to have known him and I will never forget him. He will be missed by many but his legacy will certainly live on through his wonderful family. Rest in peace my friend.

To : Tisha Rickie Scott all of Dave's family
Date :Saturday, February 22nd 2020
From : Mike Jill Ring
We are so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers A nicer guy there never was and he always had a big smile for you when you saw him. Neighbored with Dave & Rita in the 70's and sorry we could not make it to see everyone. God bless you all. Mike & Jill

To : Dave Adams Family
Date :Saturday, February 22nd 2020
From : Debra Latham
I am so sorry for your loss. Our families had a lot of fun back in the day hanging with his family. I also reconnected with him through church for awhile. Just seen him about 2 weeks at Kroger’s before he passed. Dave was a friend, friend in Christ and a neat guy. I am sorry I couldn’t be there but just know you are all in my prayers🙏🏽 Dave is now sitting with Jesus talking to Him face to face🙌🏼 Dave we will see you again one day😛

To : Family
Date :Monday, February 24th 2020
From : Chaplain Linda Davison
So sorry for the loss of Dave. We knew him from the Scouting program. Our boys were in cub scouts when Dave was the cubmaster. We have many fond memories. Our condolences to all of you. He was a faithful servant of God and humanity.
Chaplain Linda Davison