Kenneth W. Adams, 87, passed from this earth, Saturday, Mar. 2, in Buffalo General Hospital. He was born in Midland, Pa. on November 17, 1931, to Cecil and Roberta Jobe Adams. Preceded in death by both parents, two sisters, Bonnie Harris and Jean Malloy, and a brother, Thomas; he is survived by Arvilla Pritchard, his loving companion of 15 years, a sister, Ruth Timmons (El Dorado, Cal.) and a brother, James Adams (Georgetown, Pa.). Also surviving are his son, Jeff Adams, of Midland, Pa., grand-daughter, Jessica Adams, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Adams graduated from the Midland High School in 1949. He was subsequently drafted into the U. S. Army, spending 4 years as an active front-line soldier during the Korean War, and another 4 years at various camps back in the states, where his son, Jeff, was born.
Following his stint in the army, Ken started working at Midland’s Crucible Steel Plant, where he ultimately put in 35 years. Upon retirement, he and a buddy formed a clean-up, fix-up team, working their magic in and around Midland.
Ken first came to New York State with a group of avid Midland sportsmen who had discovered the joys of deer hunting in Allegany State. From the park, Ken often traveled into Salamanca, and decided that he’d like to try living there. A few years later, he moved on up the road to Sawmill Run, and bought an old farm near Napoli. He soon became familiar with the nearby Amish community, and was often hired to transport some of them to the hospital, grocery store, or job sites when these were too distant for a buggy ride.
His next life-changing experience occurred at a Cattaraugus hardware store, when he met Arvilla Pritchard, who was helping out her son, the owner. Eventually the two septuagenarians became a couple, living happily together at their home on Otto Road. There, he honed his amazing gardening skills, ultimately becoming The Dahlia Man
The joy Ken took in life was boundless, as were his hobbies and interests. He will be sorely missed.
There will be no viewing or services, but a Memorial Luncheon to celebrate his life will be served at Pascarella’s Restaurant, Washington St. in Cattaraugus, Saturday, Mar. 9, at 2:00 p.m. All of Ken’s many friends are invited to attend.