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David John Adamek 07/15/2019

David John Adamek 07/15/2019

David John Adamek, age 75 of River Falls, WI, died on Monday, July 15, 2019.  Dave was born in Palm Beach, Florida at the Breakers Hotel during WWII.  Part of the hotel was temporarily made into a maternity hospital.  He was very proud to consider himself a “Florida Cracker”.  He spent much of his childhood in two places, South Minneapolis, Minnesota and Sheldon, North Dakota on his uncle Fitz’s farm where he learned about the workings of a farm.  The contrasting environments prepared him for both city life and rural life.  He attended Visitation Catholic Grade School where he was kicked off the school patrol,  choir, and from serving as an altar boy for reasons best not discussed…well…it may have something to do with “too many rules”.  After being kicked out of Benilde, (again too many rules), he ultimately graduated from Washburn High School.  During the interim, he took flying lessons, beginning his interest in planes and flying.  Following high school, Dave attended  the Minneapolis School of Art where he studied industrial design and met his future wife, Tina.  His schooling was interrupted when he joined the Navy in 1965.  He served on the USS Taussig, stationed in San Diego, CA as a Quartermaster Third Class in navigation.  Two tours of duty in Vietnam earned him the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.  He and Tina were married December 3, 1966, during his tour of duty.  Following his military service, he and Tina moved back to Minneapolis.  Back in Minneapolis, Dave worked as a Folding Carton Designer at Champion Int’l where he met his sister, Margaret’s future husband, George.  He worked for several packaging companies in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Dave and Tina moved from Minneapolis to River Falls, WI in 1992, commuting into the city until retiring in 1999 and 2000.  Dave had many interests:  boxing (he was on the C.O.F. boxing team and was the Golden Gloves Champion in 1955, Jr, G.G.).  He also loved sailing, motorcycles, fishing, horses, trap shooting, dogs, cats, building stuff, and family, blood relation or not.  He was loved by all who knew him.  He leaves a large empty hole in the hearts of all who knew him.  He will not be forgotten.  There are stories to be told and laughter to be shared by all.  “Good night sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” – Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:30 am at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI.  Visitation was on Monday, July 22, 2019 form 4-8 pm and on Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30 am at the funeral home.  Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Buck and Bev Haas Posted July 17, 2019 1:42 am

    Tina, Marg, Pat, Kathy and Robert, I am very sorry for the loss of your husband and brother. I am sure what all of you feel is beyond description. Please accept Bev’s and my deepest condolences. Love, Buck and Bev

    • John Adamek Posted July 21, 2019 11:47 pm

      And his brother John Adamek who will miss him

  • Ron Sears Posted July 17, 2019 1:06 pm

    I’ve lost a great friend I just reacquainted with. I am so saddened and brokenhearted. He will be sorely missed. He’s in God’s hands now. Rest in peace my friend. Prayers for the family.R

  • Jeanie Lindseth Christopherson Posted July 17, 2019 9:36 pm

    I am sorry to hear this sad news. So many of my childhood memories are tied to 49th and Dupont. I wish you peace.

  • Barbara LIndseth Forsland Posted July 19, 2019 12:39 am

    Dear Tina, Marg, Kathy, Patty, Steve, and Bob, I am so sorry hear of David’s passing. I remember playing Midnight tag at 4949 Dupont, and the large sled hill you built in your backyard. I remember saying the rosary at your kitchen table after dinner. Such great growing up memories, and David was the elder statesman of the group. I am thinking of you all, and will keep you in my prayers.

  • Terry Archbold Posted July 19, 2019 2:03 pm

    To the family, cousins, and friends. We have lost a good man who enjoyed life to the fullest. May he rest in peace.

  • Jay Walter Posted July 19, 2019 3:18 pm

    Dear Tina, Marg, Kathy, Patty, Steve, and Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. I was stunned and saddened by news of Dave’s passing. He is the oldest, closest, most generous and forgiving friend in my life. My happiest life-shaping memories all involve experiences with David and your family. Back yard bag swings, “lets make something out of wood”, running around in died long under ware with capes sewed my your mom, push mobiles, Lash LaRue bull whips, cleaning 50 pan fish from Lake Harriet, latenight rides on Hondas, sampling your dad’s wine cellar. The statute of limitations has run out on our mischief but never on joy.

  • Laurie Lindsetb Peterson Posted July 19, 2019 7:26 pm

    As the third Lindseth girl from 49th and Dupont, I too have found Adamek memories, especially family visits by the crew to Little Lake Darling in Alexandria.
    Such fun and what a good friend Dave was.

  • Lee Monssen Posted July 21, 2019 10:05 pm

    To the whole Adamek Family, We pray that Our Good Lord will hold each of you in his loving arms, comforting you all during this difficult time. Love and prayers to you all.

  • Sandy Kemp(McNary-Ostrem) Posted July 22, 2019 1:06 pm

    Tina and family, friends , and all
    David was a heart centered man and so generous in the love and laughter he shared. His deep spirit adapted to this life well. He did so much and embraced so many challenges .
    Words cannot express the depth of loss I feel as someone who has many laughing memories of David in grade school and throughout the years. We didn’t see each other often but it was David, who was able to bridge the years as if they did not matter. His spirit is soaring and he is free . All who love him will carry him in her thoughts, stories, and hearts forever.

  • Sue and Beth Posted July 22, 2019 6:22 pm

    All I can see is a giant smile–often a mischievous grin– but ALWAYS a generous heart. Tina, we cannot imagine what you’re feeling, but just know Dave is still around and will be guiding you. Also know, your friends and family will help you whenever you call.

  • Michael R. Melloy Posted July 22, 2019 7:26 pm

    I knew Dave during our years at Benilde. He came from Visitation Grammar School to Benilde High School with a group of “Brainiacs” Colin Barnett, Tom Bartsh, Phil Cowen, John Erickson and they welcomed me into their clan. I didn’t know and I’m shocked to hear he was “kicked out” of anything. Dave was often the voice of reason and calm in our crazy cabal. We had some great times together in those heady days of youth. I was sorry to hear of Dave’s passing-My deepest sympathy to Tina and Dave’s extended family. Mike Melloy-Benilde ’62

  • Rebecca Derenne Posted July 23, 2019 1:32 pm

    Tina and family,
    I’m praying for you and your family -sending love, peace and strength. I always enjoy seeing you both at workshops over the years– I was attending 2 nieces graduations the same weekend otherwise I would have been to this last one. I’ll miss Dave’s smile and welcoming manner. I can only imagine your sorrow— I’m so sorry. He is smiling on the other side, letting you know he is okay, I know he misses you. Hugs.

  • Cathe Cheesebrow Posted July 23, 2019 7:59 pm

    Please accept my condolences. I am sorry to hear of the loss of Dave – such a gentle soul and person. Having ridden on your land many years ago, I have never forgotten your generosity and willingness to share the beauty of your property.

  • Ray Allard Posted July 24, 2019 5:35 pm

    Yeah, there’s a new hole in the universe. So many youthful joys that others have shared here are in my memory as well. He was my best friend too; consistent, joyful, and warm and open. I made other comments in the Eulogy I sent to Tina (because I couldn’t attend the service) which included the bag swing and fruit tree raids.Mostly I remember later years and our conversations about spirituality. Both of us came to that kind of maturity late in life. David’s gone, but his memory ain’t. It’ll be around at least as long as I live. Good bye, my friend.

  • Jim Montealegre Posted July 28, 2019 12:28 am

    Tina. I just heard about this yesterday. I’m so sorry for OUR loss, but yours in particular. Dave was my first ambassador to life in Minnesota in August of 1978. He took me under his wing at champion international and introduced me to packaging design. I can’t tell you how much I looked up to him in my early years for caterer development. He introduced me to fishing, hunting and the outdoors in this great state. He was truly had an appreciation of llife and all his experiences. Please email me as I have so much to say to you.
    Jim Montealegre

  • Peggy Bittner Westby Posted October 11, 2019 1:28 am

    Tina, I have been thinking about you for some time now so I decided to search. I’m sorry this is where my search lead. I’m so sorry for your loss. You were such a great influence on me at Sportsmedicine and I wanted to find you just to say how much i appreciate you. So many years have passed, but I will always remember you. You and David look like you lived life to the fullest. ❤️

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