Richard Fulton Adams

February 9, 1942November 8, 2011

Richard “Rick” was born February 9, 1942 in Evanston, Illinois to Robert F. and Ruth Adams. Most of his childhood was spent in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with summer breaks in Wapacca Wisconsin at the family cabin which his father designed and built. Also in the summer the family took a trip which took them to camping destinations throughout the United States. It was on one of those trips that he decided to one day live in Colorado. Rick graduated from Glenbard High School in 1960. He attended Iowa State University studying biochemistry and psychology and was a member of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Rick did do the course work for his classes, but he also spent much time painting, drawing and running. In 1963 he left Iowa State to attend the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1964 he joined the Army and served as a member of the Army Security Agency during the Vietnam War. Stationed in Hokkaido, Japan he took every opportunity to explore the country on foot with camera in hand. After his discharge he spent time in Florida before returning to the Art Institute of Chicago. In August of 1972 he moved to Idaho Springs. 1978 was the year he met Susan in Colorado Springs. They were married in August of 1982 surrounded by friends and family.

An Artist and prolific photographer his entire life Rick served as the Art Director of Saxon Mountain Gallery; with Blackwell Oil Company; as a commercial janitor; as a member of the Clear Creek School District Accountability committee; as a founding member of the Rock House Board. Most recently Rick served as an Idaho Springs Councilman until his resignation in January, 2011.

Preceded in death by his father and mother, he is survived by his beloved wife Susan; their daughter Theresa (Jason) Cutright and granddaughters Brittany, Tiffini, Tiffani and Rebekah; their sons Timothy (Lindsey) Adams and Travis Adams; Rick's brother Donald (Diana) Adams and sister Barbara Hill.

Rick leaves behind a well worn Bible and a legacy of fervent prayer for his family, friends and everyone he met; our community, nation and world. “...The greatest of these is Love.” I Corinthians 13:13 He loved abundantly and was dearly loved.

Celebration Memorial will be on Saturday, November 19 at 1:00pm at Bergen Park Church in Evergreen, Colorado. Directions are available on the Memorial website linked at

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in honor of Rick's life to the following organizations: Clear Creek Rock House, P.O. Box 1256, Idaho Springs, CO 80452

Mt. Evans Hospice & Home Health Care, 3801 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439

Bergen Park Church / Missions, 1318 County Road 65, Evergreen, CO 80439

First Baptist Church / Missions, PO Box 840, Idaho Springs, CO 80452

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation,

or an organization or missionary of your choice.


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jamie nixon

December 6, 2011

To the Adams family. I send hugs and prayers in these sad times. Yall were a big part of my childhood as Tim, Travis and I grew up together. Rick was an amazing person. I remember all the times I spent at your house and all the things I learned. Rick and Tim and Travis would pick me up to go to the shooting range or to church or even just to hang out. Rick will be greatly remembered in my heart and I will miss him. I pray that God wraps his arms around all of you and provides strength for you.

Love always,
Jamie Nixon

Janet Schroeder

November 25, 2011

Our family grieves with you. We miss Rick very much. We weep with you. Please know that all of Rick's family (including Rick

November 25, 2011

Janet Schroeder said...
Our family grieves with you. We miss Rick very much. We weep with you. Please know that all of Rick's family (including Rick

November 23, 2011

Dear Susan,
I"m sorry to hear of Rick's passing. Although I never met him, he sounds
like he was a wonderful person- he would have to have been for you to
love him. I know you will miss him greatly but you will see and be with
him again. I lost my husband last year on the 22nd of Nov.- I know
what you are going through at this time. Please contact me if you think
I could help in any way. Cindy Cox Young (Salt Lake City, Ut.)

Nora Christensen

November 21, 2011

To Susan, Theresa, Tim, and Travis. My love and prayers for you during this time. May our Lord hold you in his lap and surround you with a warm blanket of His comfort. Ricky was such a testimony of what it truly means to trust God in the fire. I am so thankful to have been a friend of his and to experience the love that he had for his precious Jesus. I know that when he entered the heavenly gate there was much rejoicing- I can't even fathom the joy among all th saints when he arrived- totally healed- I love you all so much. Love, Nora

November 20, 2011

Dear Susan,Theresa, Tim and Travis, The years may have kept us apart physically but prayer has always kept us connected. Thank-you for all the effort in keeping us connected in the blog and e-mails. Rick has left a legacy of faith and prayer with Jesus fingerprints all over it. He is truely rejoicing in the presence of our Lord Jesus. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you as you journey throught this growing time called grief. God is indeed faithful to all his promises even in your pain He will comfort and guide you. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Wish we could have been at the celebration of a life so well lived. We are only a phone call away. Love, Nina and Howard Swanson

Carolyn Anello

November 20, 2011

I didn't know Rick, but I know Tim. And Tim is a wonderful caring man of God. Rick's character shows through in Tim. I'm so sorry for your loss.

November 17, 2011

Dear Susan and family

Becky Blackwell

November 15, 2011

Dear Family, I am forever grateful for the influence that Rick had on my Brian, who is a far more godly man than he could have thought. I'm wondering to whom Rick's mantle will pass... I love you all!

teddie Pillon

November 15, 2011

Pooh Family,My love & prayers are with you. So many wonderful memories of my dear brother, a man after God's heart. I can see him up there worshping with banner in hand. I'll never forget when a group of us went to Cal. for Vineyard conference and you had us singing "Shine Jesus Shine" all the way home. I'm thankful during my last visit to Colo. to spend time with Rick & Susan. He cooked up the best burgers & the fellowship was awesome. In loving memory of you!!! You will be missed but I'll see u again!!!