William ”Bill” Earl Adams
William Earl Adams was born in Columbus, OH, August 5, 1945 and left the Earth at the age of 67 on September 14, 2012 after a long illness.
William graduated from Pleasant View High School in Galloway, OH then attended OSU before joining the Air Force during the Vietnam War where he served as a Communications-Electronics Specialist. After leaving the Air Force, he worked for Columbus and Southern Electric before starting his own business as a Computer Programmer/System Analyst.
His loves were fishing, wood cutting, photography; anything that got him onto the land to “play” with Ray and Andy. He was also brilliant. When the Brennemans first met Bill, they thought he was “full of himself”; he seemed to think he knew everything. Realization was that, he was extremely intelligent and usually did know what he was talking about until “chemo brain” destroyed his ability to think and function. Why stay if you can’t fish and have lost your hunger for knowledge?
He was preceded in death by his parents, Silas and Geraldine Tracy Adams. He is survived by wife, Phadia Cindy Brenneman Adams of Powell, OH, brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Sherry Adams of Columbus, OH, son and family, Sam and Cathy Adams and grandson Calvin of Blacklick, OH and daughter and family, Doctor Beth Adams Jansen, Corey Jansen and two grandsons, Cameron and Connor of Mead, Washington. He is also survived by the “Brenneman/Nikolaus” clan that loved him dearly and will miss him greatly.
Bill’s wish was to be cremated with no formal ceremony. Family and friends gathered on beautiful Sunday, Sep. 30th at the Brenneman Farm to celebrate Bill’s life. A Sugar Maple will be planted by the lake so we can sit by the water in the shade and feel his presence at our Sanctuary. Much appreciation and love goes to Dad, Ray Brenneman who is the land steward and shares the heart of the land that will always be home. Bill is Free and Bill is Home!
If you would like to make a donation in William’s name, please write “in memory of Bill Adams” on the memo line and send to Highlands Nature Sanctuary, 7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612.