William Adams (1953 - 2013)

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William "Bill" Ray Adams II

September 22, 1953 - February 16, 2013

SALEM - Bill was born on September 22, 1953, in Portland, OR, to Margaret (Bozorth) and William Adams. He passed peacefully at 59 years of age on February 16, 2013, after a three year battle with early onset Alzheimer's.

Survived by his wife of 35 years Virginia (Bauman), his three children, Christine Boyington (husband Justin), William "Billy" Adams III (wife Rebecca), and Mary Adams (fiancée Joe), and his four precious grandchildren Annabelle, William "Liam" IV, Madeleine, and Mason.

Bill was a strong advocate for higher education and was immensely proud of his children's educational and professional pursuits. He graduated from Evergreen State College in 1975, going on to attain his master's from Willamette University in business administration in 1982. He used his degrees to pursue a passion for serving others, which was reflected in his career pursuits including working for Hillcrest, Oregon State University, Fairview, University of Wisconsin Madison, and No Meth. His strengths in organizing culminated in his co-creation of Serving Our Veterans At Home (SOVAH), a non-profit aiding community veterans in accessing services and benefits.

Bill was a passionate man who loved life. He was an accomplished cook, a tremendous vocalist, a devoted husband, and a loving father. He served his church through parish council and sang on the church choir. He diligently pushed himself and those around him to challenge the status quo, to fight for peace and justice in our families, communities, and the world we live.

Mass will be held at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Keizer, OR, on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 10:30am, a reception in the parish hall will be held immediately following. Bill will be buried at Calvary Cemetary, Mt.Angel, OR. Memorial contributions can be made to the Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center, OHSU Foundation, Mailstop 45, PO Box 4000, Portland, OR 97208- 9852, or to SOVAH, PO Box 13054, Salem, OR 97309.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 21, 2013
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