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David was born on July 20, 1933 and died of natural causes on February 17, 2022. He was born in Virginia, Minnesota to Cedric and Bernice Adams. David is survived by daughters Kimberly Adams-Plehal (Michael Plehal), Laura Adams (Al Szczepanski) and Kelly Kelly (Brian Kelly); grandchildren Lauren Adams-Plehal, Grace Kelly and Maureen Kelly; brother Stephen Adams (Denise), sister-in-law Lee Adams; former wife, CJ Lee; many nieces, nephews and cousins; best friend and caretaker Korjah Kinapoe (aka Ironsides, Kojak, Einstein, or Eisenhower); and Jennifer Jacobson and Jessica Johnson. He was preceded in death by grandson Tyler Adams-Plehal; brother Ric Adams; first wife Marilyn Johnston; cousin and dear friend Chas McNeil; and his faithful canine companion Brady (aka Knucklehead).
David grew up in Edina and graduated from Blake School in 1951. While there, he played football, baseball and basketball. He was also involved in drama, and writing for the school newspaper. He then attended Yale University and graduated in 1955 with a degree in American History and a minor in Spanish. After Yale, David enlisted in the US Marines and served two years stateside as a First Lieutenant. He then finished his education at Harvard Business School in 1960. David spent much of his career in medical group management.
In June of 1955 David married high school sweetheart Marilyn Maynard and they were fortunate to have three girls to complete their family: Kim, Laura and Kelly.
David played golf and tennis throughout his life. In his later years, while married to CJ Lee, he lived in northern Minnesota at Eshquaguma Country Club, spending much of his time on the golf course with cousin Chas.
David was an avid reader and especially enjoyed books and documentaries about World War II. He also enjoyed traveling. His journeys took him to Africa, France, England, China, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe; with cruises to Hawaii, Tahiti and Alaska, as well as many trips throughout the United States and Canada.
Dave was also a great host. He loved to throw big get-togethers such as barbeques, skeet-shoots, square dancing, ice skating and tennis parties. The family will receive friends at 12:30pm on Friday, February 25 at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel in Minneapolis. Memorial Service in the Chapel at 1:00pm, followed by a private burial for family members at Lakewood Cemetery. Following the interment a reception for family and friends will be held at the Minikahda Club.
The family would like to thank the staff at both Trillium Woods and LifeSprk Home Health Service for the loving care and support you have given David. We would also like to thank Korjah for being there every single day for David for the past couple years. Korjah: not only did you give him the best care, you gave the family great comfort knowing you were there with him. You are a true angel. Finally, thank you to Stephen and Denise. We are deeply grateful for your constant support, generosity and understanding.
The memorial service will be live streamed at: www.twincitiessound.com/davidrayadams