William J. Adams, 85, of Tecumseh, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti. He was born on Feb. 9, 1924, in Flint, Mich., the son of Homer P. and Margaret F. (Rouleau) Adams, Sr. On Sept. 12, 1948, 61 years ago, he married the love of his life, Eloise Cook.
William practiced Dentistry in Tecumseh from 1962 until he retired in 1986. He then became a funeral director and was associated with Handler Funeral Homes since 1993. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Tecumseh and was a WWII Veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corp. His education included a B.S. from Michigan State University in 1950, a M.A. Degree from Western Michigan State University in 1955, a D.D.S. degree from University of Michigan in 1962 and finally a B.S. Degree in Mortuary Science from Wayne State University in 1991.
He was very active in the Tecumseh community for many years serving on the Protective Services Commission, Kiwanis Club, Community Fund Board, City Council, Herrick Memorial Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, and from 1974 to 1994 served on the United Savings Bank, United Bankcorp, Inc., and United Bank and Trust Boards of Directors. William will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him, worked with him, served with him and loved him.
In addition to his wife Eloise, he is survived by his sons; Dr. Thomas Adams of Munising, Mich. and Dr. Jeffrey (Kathi) Adams of Wayland, Mich. his daughter Rebecca (Bill) Buchinger of South Lyon; his sister, Joyce (Herb) Jacques of Linden, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers and one granddaughter, Mallory Buchinger.