Kevin Anthony Adams, #665, 1964 – 2003

Kevin Adams at the 1983 Michigan Wing encampment, where he served as cadet commander.

Ed Sackley, #225, writes:

“Our friend Kevin Adams was buried today (Saturday, September 6, 2003) in Livonia, Michigan. His funeral attracted several hundred family members and friends. Kevin’s life touched hundreds within the Michigan Wing–including those of us who worked and nurtured him as a cadet–and cadets who were, in turn, nurtured by Kevin. The Civil Air Patrol turnout was significant and following the funeral mass, many uniformed members participated in a touching flag ceremony.”

The following obituary was prepared by Kevin’s best friend, Leo Burke, #749:

“Kevin Adams, 38, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at 10:55PM. He is survived by his wife Michelle, his daughter Kaitlyn, age 3, his mother Mary Holley and many, many loving friends. He was born on September 7, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan.

“Kevin joined the Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in 1977. He progressed through the cadet program, earning the General Carl A. Spaatz Award in 1983. Kevin joined the US Air Force and served on active duty for six years. After an honorable discharge, he returned to college. During his USAF service and afterward Kevin remained active as a Senior Member in CAP, progressing to the grade of Major and holding numerous positions, including Director of Cadet Programs in Michigan Wing. After graduating from Oakland Community College and then Eastern Michigan University, Kevin worked in the Information Technology field.

“Along the way he met, fell in love with, and married Michelle (Vitkay). He became the proud father of Kaitlyn, less than two years later. Kevin and Michelle recently realized their dream and opened their own business, a Coldstone Creamery Ice Cream store in Novi, Michigan.

“Kevin lived a short but full life. He was a black belt and international competitor in Tae Kwon Do before turning 16. He actively participated in all manner of physical fitness activities. He was a licensed airplane pilot and an active scuba diver.”

Glenn Overby, #437, writes:

“The 2003 death of Kevin Adams (#655) brings back memories of the 1981 Michigan Wing and Great Lakes Region drill team, which might well be called “The Team The Diamonds Fell On”. Kevin was a cadet 1st lieutenant when they marched in Alabama at the 1981 NCC. He would be the ninth and last team member to win the Spaatz Award, out of 16 members.

“When the team won the Michigan Wing competition in May of 1981, its only Spaatz winner was Alan Dickinson (#524) of Five Points Composite Sq, the 1979 National Cadet of the Year. But that would soon change. Team commander Bob Hazey (#586) and squadron-mate Robert Sunman (#585) of Independence Cadet Sq would follow just a few weeks later. Summer personnel changes would add Michael Dobies (#574) of Utica-Sterling Cadet Sq.

“In December, the team would put five cadet colonels on the field for Nationals. Julie Jankowski (#588) of the Bay City Composite Sq was notified when the team plane landed at Maxwell AFB that she had passed her exam. The team won the Special Team Award and the written examination event, and finished third overall.

“The team also included four future Spaatzen: Edith Disler (#590) from Five Points, Greg Hudas (#592) from Utica-Sterling, Paul Harris (#600) from Dearborn Cadet Sq, and finally the late Kevin Adams, also from Five Points. Paul would also go on to win the 1982 national Frank G. Brewer Award for aerospace education. Major Glenn Overby (#437), another future Brewer Award recipient, was the team’s coach and male escort officer.

“Seven of those nine Spaatz Awards were earned within a year of each other. It was truly a case of good young men and women inspiring each other to excellence.”

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    Mike Hower - Dec 20, 2011

    From Capt Mark Davalos, #790, Ann Arbor, MI – Monday, September 20, 2010

    I am pleased to announce the Charter of the Maj. Kevin A. Adams Memorial Squadron (GLR-MI-655), in loving memory of Kevin A. Adams (Spaatz #655). The Charter took place on 09/07/10, the day of Kevin’s birthday. Founding Charter Members include 2 Spaatz Award recipients. Charter Presentation Ceremony will take place on 23 September, 2010 in Ann Arbor Michigan, and will be attended by 75+ guests & friends/family of the Late Kevin Adams, including more than 1/2 a dozen Spaatz Award Recipients, as well as a number of distinguished guests. Maj. Kevin Adams was a tower of leadership and inspiration for Michigan Wing for several decades, and set the example of the highest standards possible. The GLR-MI-655 will operate with that standard always at the forefront. Capt Mark Davalos (#790)

    (Transcribed from the Guestbook Archive, 1997-2011)

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    Mike Hower - Dec 20, 2011

    From Lt Col Norm Zett , CAP , Farmington Hills, MI – Sunday, September 05, 2004

    This is a a great site although I am not eligible to be a member. This weekend marks the 1 year anniversary of my dear friend’s death, Kevin Adams, #655 from Michigan Wing. He passed from cancer at age 37. I am proud to say that I’ve known him and he always bragged to others that I coached him to his Spaatz. I kept him motivated and fired up for the Spaatz test, the most difficult in CAP. Kevin always loved CAP throughout his cadet career, he molded and shaped younger cadets who will be forever changed by his direction and guidance. It’s a tough weekend for me, knowing he is no longer with us and I cannot share things with. I was bestowed the honor of receiving his Spaatz Award from his wife after his funeral, and will maintain it proudly in his memory. I am glad to share some of my thoughts of him and wish that he was here. To all of the current and former Spaatz cadets, be proud of your diamonds!

    (Transcribed from the Guestbook Archive, 1997-2011)

  3. Mary Read - Dec 20, 2013

    I’m so sorry to have just learned about Kevin’s death. My thoughts are with his family and friends. I know he is still deeply missed.

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