David Charles Adams
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David Charles Adams, 58, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at his home. He was born February 15, 1955 in South Elmsall, England the son of Charles and Phyllis (Stanfield) Adams. Dave emmigrated to the United States at the age of 17 where he obtained his US citizenship. He married Melinda Varner on August 11, 1984 in Battle Creek. In August of 1985 Dave and Melinda welcomed their precious daughter, Megan in to the world. Dave served in the United States Army from 1974-1977. Upon his honorable discharge from the US Army he went to work for the VA Police Force in Battle Creek and then became a Pennfield Township Police Officer. Dave joined the Battle Creek Police Department in 1981 as a Patrol Officer and earned the rank of Detective in 1993. Dave was a Detective for the PD until retiring in 2003. He received many awards during his time with the BCPD; Officer of the Year in 2003, 28 unit citations, 16 awards for professional excellence, 6 meritorious service awards, and 2 medals for Bravery. He spent 2 years assisting the Barry Township Police developing a drug unit. He worked as a government contractor for a year and a half training the Iraqi police and a year in Afghanistan training the Afghan police. He was a member of the American Legion #298 and the FOP #121. He enjoyed golfing, riding his motorcycle, Monday Night Football nights at the Lakeview Lounge where he rooted for his Philadelphia Eagles. Dave, Melinda and Megan loved to travel to Europe to visit family. Dave was a loving and devoted husband and father who never missed his daughter's dance performances at WMU. His dogs, Britton and Jack (Boxers), hold a special place in his heart. He cherished every moment he had with his family and friends.
Dave is survived by his wife, Melinda Adams; daughter, Megan (TJ Hagist) Adams; siblings, Jacky (Roger) Slade of England, Jeanette (Hadge) Watkins of Cyprus, Neil Adams of England, and Beverly (Al) Reilly of Philadelphia; father in law, Richard Varner; mother in law, Jean (Ray) Johns; brother and sister in laws, Dan (Sandy) Varner, Greg Varner, and Jackie (John) Walbeck; best friend, Esteban (Theresa) Rivera; cousin, Heidi Fuhrman; a host of nieces and nephews and his many brothers and sisters in blue.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Memorial services will be held Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Assembly of God located at 800 S. 24th Street in Battle Creek. A private family burial will be held at a later date at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. Memorial tributes may be made to the David C. Adams Scholarship Fund for Law Enforcement Education. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145 www.bachmanhebble.com
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Dec. 13, 2013