Patrick C. Adams

March 17, 1925January 24, 2014
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Age 88 of Miami Township passed away Friday January 24, 2014 at Kettering Medical Center. Patrick is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Patricia Anne Reaves Adams; revered children, Dee (John) Giordullo, Tim (Tracey) Adams, Mark (Judy) Adams, Dan (Gail) Adams, Sandy (Jim) Carter, Steve Reaves, Shari Erb, Scott Reaves, Stewart Reaves (deceased), Shirley Isaacs, and Shawn (Felicia) Reaves; first wife Dottie Adams Fogus; 29 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. Patrick was born on March 17, 1925 in Peaselburg (Covington), KY to Nathalie and Charles Adams. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp the day before his 18 birthday and began active duty immediately after graduating St. Xavier High School. He completed boot camp at Parris Island, SC, then served aboard the USS Hornet aircraft carrier during WWII. Under Admiral Halsey’s command, Patrick was an anti-aircraft gunner specializing in neutralizing Kamikazes in the South Pacific Theatre. Following the war he received his BS in Biology-Chemistry from Villa Madonna Academy (now Thomas Moore College). Pat worked for General Electric for 9 yrs and had a distinguished 38 yr career in nuclear physics at Monsanto Mound Laboratories. He retired from Mound in 1989, but continued to serve as consultant for an additional 10 yrs. Patrick loved life and showed by example how to enjoy every day. He was a man of faith who dearly loved his family, possessed a great Irish Wit and wisdom, and enjoyed happy hours with “Papaw’s Medicine.” Known to many as “Coach,” he loved sports, and served as a long-time football coach at Our Lady of the Rosary School. He also served as an impromptu “Life Coach” sharing his wisdom not only with family and friends, but for any who expressed a need. He had varied interests that included financial planning, gardening, poetry, big band music (in particular Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey), and fitness (regularly visiting the YMCA for more than a decade). Patrick was a life-long devout Catholic and in his final years started a “Lift High the Cross” ministry. “May the angels lead you into paradise,” led by St. Patrick and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass of Christian Burial 11 am Friday January 31, 2014 at St. Henry Catholic Church 6666 Springboro Pike Miamisburg, Ohio 45449. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 pm Thursday at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL 5471 Far Hills Ave at Rahn Rd. On line condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Thursday, January 30, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 31, 2014

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Roger Fitzharris

February 8, 2014

Mrs. Adams, please accept our heartfelt condolences for your profound loss. My wife and I met Patrick while working at the Mound Facility. And during the past several years, we would chat with him in the of the Springboro Y after our respective exercise classes. I can truthfully say that his presence will be missed and that we will keep Patrick and the entire Adams family in our prayers. Roger and Pat Fitzharris

Luke Agee

February 1, 2014

I am very sorry for your loss. I did not know Pat that well but I did come to your home a couple years ago to do some work. Mr. Adams was a very kind man and we talked a lot about his days at the mound and how he worked with my dad. I pray that you and your family find healing in this time. God bless.

January 31, 2014

My heart goes out to you for the deep loss you must be feeling for your beloved Patrick. How sad to lose someone so loved and so needed. May you find comfort in prayer in one another. (Jeremiah 29:12,13)

January 30, 2014

Dear Adams family,
I am very sorry to hear of your recent loss. I was blessed to work directly for Pat at the Mound Facility for several years. He was a great boss, man and human being and obviously a great father and husband. I thoroughly enjoyed working for Pat and my only regret is that I did not get to know him even better than I did but I was very blessed to have known him. I am very thankful to hear of his work with the Church and for Christ. I hope you that you take great comfort in knowing that Pat lived life to the fullest and set a great Christian example for others while doing so.
May God continue to bless the Adams family,
Bill Fugate

Jerel Walker

January 30, 2014

I did not know Patrick personally, but I work closely with Mark. Mark knows how to bring life into a room, and if Mark is this amazing, then I know his father has been and always will be a wonderful part of his life. God speed!


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Mike Haverland

January 29, 2014

God bless you Mr. Adams and May The Lord now hold you in the palm of his hands. I was honored to know you and enjoyed the many visits with you and Pat in Dayton. You always had a kind word and opened your house with true Irish hospitality to me. Prayers of comfort of support to pat and the Adams family

Mike and Tonya Oberer

January 29, 2014

We never had the pleasure of meeting the man but we have had the pleasure of knowing his son Mark and his family. Thank you Patrick for the trail you blazed yesterday that lead to the friends we have today.

Mark, you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Weisenbach

January 29, 2014

To the entire Adams Family, you have my deepest sympathy in your great loss. I knew Patrick through my relationship with Mark and his family. I know Patrick will be missed beyond words. May all of your wonderful memories and faith in God help you through this difficult time.

Mark Adams

January 29, 2014

Thanks Dad for your lifetime examples of wisdom, coaching, listening, discipline, competing and loving. You influenced my life more than anyone and while I miss you I am so grateful that God gave me you as my Dad. By your example of how to live and die, I hope to see you again.