Died: Sat., Oct. 10, 2020

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10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Mon., Oct. 19, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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Ralph Wesley Adams Jr., affectionately known as “Juggie, Uncle Jug, or Daddy Ralph” to his family, departed this life on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the age of 69. Born September 6, 1951 to Ralph Wesley Adams Sr. and Alice Rose Burnett Adams, he was the brother of John Adams (Connie), Michael Adams, David Adams (Jacqueline), Jeffrey Adams, Rodney Adams (Carol), and Marsha Kirk. He attended Holy Angels Catholic Church as a child, where he also completed primary school. A 1969 graduate of Cardinal Ritter High School, he was drafted at the age of 19 and served 24 years and 1 month in the United States Air Force before retiring in 1995. During his time in the Air Force, he served at Chanute AFB, Illinois; Incirlik CDL, Turkey; McGuire AFB, New Jersey; Zweibrucken AB, Germany; Minot AFB, North Dakota; Offutt AFB, Nebraska; and Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. He earned an Associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Wisconsin after his military retirement.

Post military service, he worked for the City of Indianapolis in the Office of Minority & Women’s Business Development as the Business Enterprise Officer, where he retired in 2017, and up until his passing, worked for the State of Indiana in the Division of Supplier Diversity as the Deputy Director of Certification.

He was the most loving and amazing father of Timika Adams-Sherman (James), KeShauna Adams Davis (Wendell Sr.), and Jayson Adams. He was the fun loving and awesomely proud grandfather of Wendell Davis Jr., Kiarré Sherman, Joshua Davis, Amari Sherman, Orandé Sherman, Kellen Davis, and Teela Hedrick. In addition to his brothers, children, and grandchildren, he leaves behind his aunts, Francis Haywood, Virginia Burnett, and Avamaria Burnett-Garner, and uncles, Phillip Burnett, Frederick Burnett, and Christopher Burnett, as well as former spouses Claudette Dale and Cozetta Hedrick-Adams, and a very large extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

An athlete to the very end, he played basketball, baseball, football, and softball over his lifetime. He enjoyed nothing more than playing softball and watching his grandchildren play sports. In addition to sports, he loved a sale, a good smelling cologne, and Invicta watches. He had a great sense of humor and a willingness to help anyone. He was a giver of his time, resources, energy, attention, affection, and knowledge.

Although he will be greatly missed by all who cared for him, his family takes comfort in knowing he has been reunited with his mother and father, brother Michael, and sister Marsha in heaven. He will rest in eternity next to his mother at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

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Frank Catamero
   Posted Wed October 14, 2020
Sorry for your loss, Ralph was a great man and will be missed.

Merri Dardy
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020

Red, White and Blue Fireside was sent by Lisa Winfrey Dardy .

My deepest sympathy to the family of Ralph "Juggie" Adams. From A Lifelong friend Lisa Winfrey Dardy & The Winfrey family. ❤

Ron V. Franklin
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
Ralph was a great friend. We worked together and he caused me to be hired by the City at the Office of Minority & Women Business Development, in the Mayor's Office. We both played sports together, starting at around 10 years old. Later, we both were members of the all-star baseball team for Riverside Park: where we won the City Championship two straight years in a row. Ralph was a man I admired my whole life. He was a man, a good man. He is irreplaceable as a best friend. I mourn the loss of Ralph as if he was my big brother, too. Because, in my mind, he was.

Ron V. Franklin

Yusuf and Fia Rashad
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
Our Sincere condolences during this most difficult time of bereavement. Our California family members are keeping you all in our prayers. Be Blessed Always.

donna montgomery
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to you and you family ♥️♥️♥️

Lee Sullivan
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Rest In Peace my Dear Friend. Your strength and courage continue to show the way. To the Family, thank you very much for sharing this kind and gentle man with his friends. May God comfort each of you, and provide healing as you remember this very special man.

Deb Downard
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
I was fortunate enough to meet Ralph while working in alumni relations at Cardinal Ritter. He was an amazing individual who truly cared about others and always enjoyed a good conversation about sports! I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing and your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. He will missed by all!

Cynthia Lopez
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Sending prayers for healing to the Adams family.

Linda Wilson
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Keeping his entire family in my prayers. Ralph was a mentor and a friend who always offered positive advice. He will be greatly miss.

Eric Gouce
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
Hard to believe brother Ralph is no longer with us. I will miss our many conversation from life to politics and of course softball. A better man you will never meet,to the family I give my sincere condolences. May he RIH 🙏🏾

Marva Chubb
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020

Tree of Life Tribute Planter was sent by Marva Chubb.

Dear KeShauna and Family; MAY THE LORD COMFORT YOU IN YOUR SORROW at the passing of your amazing father! Thanks be to God for the legacy of such a gentle precious soul. On behalf of the Illinois cousins: Marva Myers Chubb; Mike E. & Vikki Myers [Aunt Erma's kids] Love&Peace goes with this memorial planter!

Carla Brown
   Posted Thu October 22, 2020
Dear Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that you will give yourself the grace to grieve and know that God will not leave or forsake you. He's there when you cry from sadness, laugh from the memories, scream with hurt and anger, and exhale with the knowledge that God's got you through it all!!
Carla Brown - Marva (Myers) Chubb's daughter/Erma (Adams) Myers's granddaughter

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