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Kenneth Ross Adams

August 11, 1961 ~ March 24, 2021 (age 59)


Kenneth R. Adams, 59, of Dallas, TX, formerly of Germantown Hills, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Dallas, TX.

He was born on August 11, 1961, in Peoria, the son of Jack and Donna Wiese Adams.  Surviving are his mother and Stepfather Larry and Donna Maxson of Germantown Hills, IL, one brother  Brian Adams of Atlanta, IL, one sister Mindy Hopp (Kenny) of Washington, IL, and one step sister Dawn Mulligan (Chuck) of Canton, IL. Further surviving are two nieces, Abby Adams of Lincoln, NE, Maci Hopp of Washington, IL three nephews, Brock Hopp,also of Washington, IL Payton and Sammy Mulligan of Canton, IL and one great-niece Clara Lattimer, of Lincoln, NE.  His father, Jack, and one sister-in-law Lisa Kuhlmann preceded him in death.

Music was Kenny's life and passion.  His favorite song was “Imagine” by John Lennon.  Kenny was an incredibly talented musician, a gifted songwriter and a very soulful person. He loved to perform and loved to make people smile.  At the age of 10, he was recognized as the #1 organ player in Illinois. A highlight of his music career was playing the keyboards at five concerts for a tour with the Gary Richrath Band, formerly of REO Speedwagon.  Kenny truly lived his dream with those 5 concerts performing on stage in a Rock N Roll Band! With his musical talents, he was able to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Jerry Lewis Telethon, something he was very passionate about.

Kenny loved the outdoors and nature.  He was an avid bird watcher and one of his favorite things to do growing up was going on his annual goose hunting trip with his brother and dad. They also shared a love for trap shooting. Among his many God given talents, Kenny also developed multiple trades.  He was a skilled machinist like his Grandpa Adams, and had his own roofing company. Later in life, Kenny became an over-the-road truck driver. As a very Patriotic person and proud American, he was fortunate to see a lot of American history during his travels throughout the United States.  Kenny was a great man and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A private service with internment of Kenny's remains will be at Roanoke City Cemetery in Roanoke, IL.  Mason-White Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.  To share a memory or send a condolence to his family, visit

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