(Tuesday - December 29, 2020) - Rodney A. Adams, age 63, of Kingsford, passed away on Friday, December 25, at his home, following a courageous battle with metastatic lung cancer.

Rod was born January 28, 1957, in Marinette, son of the late Louis "Jake" and Ada Lorraine Adams. He graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1975 and was a lifelong resident of the area. Rod attended the University of Michigan for a short time, returning home to help his mother after his father's passing. He was employed at Grede Foundry in Kingsford for 35 years.

Rod was a member of the National Honors Society at Iron Mountain High School and participated in Mountaineer football and other sports during his high school years. Rod was known by many people as "Ruthless Rod" for his sharp pool league skills. He enjoyed participating in pool league for several years with his team at Bob and Jerry's and Polly's Underground where he was a top 10 shooter in the league. In the summer and fall, Rod enjoyed camping at Lake Emily, traveling to the Keweenaw, and viewing the sunsets at Lake Antoine and Calumet Waterworks Park/ Lake Superior. One of his favorite parts of his Keweenaw travels was tending the fire at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Cabins. Rod spent much time besting others at games such as Cribbage and Pinochle and complaining when the game wasn't going his way. He also enjoyed listening to music, writing, poetry, cruising rustic roads, and tubing. Rod's favorite holiday was Christmas and through his battle with cancer, he continually had a goal to make it to Christmas.

Rod is survived by his significant other, Cheryl Johnson; two brothers, Robert Adams and Ryan Adams; four sisters, Mary (Joe) Eutizi, Sharon Adams, Ada Cespedes, and Jill (Lee) Matzen; thirteen nieces and nephews; and twenty-one great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Adams.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

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Contributions can be made in his memory to the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet at 201 East Breitung Avenue, Kingsford, MI 49802.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.


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