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“What a beautiful great friend. Steve was always up for a challenge. I know he's at peace. With the love of his life Polly and the dogs. I'm so glad...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Chris Pearson - Colorado Springs, CO

“We were both so sad to see that SPA had passed away but happy that he and Polly (and the dogs) will be reunited at last! The firework parties were...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Don and Debbie Mundy - TX

“What an amazing man!!! I have got to be the luckiest woman on earth to have Steve as my father-n-law, and his son as my husband. Steve treated me...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Rhonda Adams - Davenport, IA

“Steve was a great neighbor. Wish he could have been around a lot longer because neighbors like him are hard to come by. He was always there to lend a...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Kevin Boyd - Davenport, IA

“You blessed us all with your wit and wonderful story writing, a friend to so many, over so many years. You will be deeply missed Steve, yet knowing...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Steve & Annie Tague - Port Byron, IL

“So sorry to hear about Steve. We'll miss him and his big smile and laugh. His Christmas cards were the BEST. He's with Polly now and still laughing ,...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Mike and Lynne Thompson - dav., IA

“We were deeply saddened to hear of your passing on early Thursday morning from your good friend Billy. To all your family and friends, we are so...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Darcy and Brenda Hankemeier - IA

“Adams Family, I can not express to you the sorrow we feel about Steve's passing. His many friends will tell you that we have all lost a treasure and...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Marcia J. Mount - Davenport, IA

“Met you and Polly setting tile in your house you were great friends with my Uncle Butch who I'm sure you are with now. Will miss your Christmas cards...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Bob and Kim Dempsey - Davenport, IA

“Heaven gained a great one! RIP SPA! ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: Tom and Sally (Swift) Stangl - IA

“4th of July will never be the same. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Jason Fiedler - Strawberry Point, IA

“Steve, I met you at Harra's Lake in 1967. You taught me how to party! I have so many wonderful memories of you.You have been a very good friend to me...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: brenda newman - Peoria, AZ

“Thanks for all the fun trips and memories we made grandpa, i will never ever forget them. I dont know if i have made as memories with someone as much...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: shawn hankemeier - maquoketa, IA

“To the Adams familySorry to hear about Steve's passing. Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family. RIP ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: Jim and Carol Reafsnider - IA

“OH THE TIMES AT THE SPORTSPAGE, VERY FOND MEMORIES, ALOHA MY FRIEND PINKY ANDERSON ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: ROLF ANDERSON - kihei, HI

“RIP STEVE!! You will always be remembered. The times that you and my shared! I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT!! YOU AND MY DAD CAN HAVE GOOD TIMES AGAIN! ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Kayla Steffen - Davenport, IA

“Be at peace my friend. ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Jay Sweet - Davenport, IA

“OMG the heavens will be laughing now! We'll miss you Steve, and never forget all the fun times we've had together. RIP friend... John an Connie ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Connie and John Miller - IA

“Awful sorry to hear about Steve. We were in the same grade all through school. We played sports together, and had lots of fun partying. He was a lot...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Rick Bourn - Greenwood, IN

“Happy Trails SPA, We will miss you and all your antics. Just so you know we will continue the tradition of the maintenance meetings. I know you won...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Dogger - Blue Grass, IA

“My thoughts and prayers to all family and friends. Steve always was fun to see at W. Locust St. HyVee. I wish we could have made that kayak trip down...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Heidi Danielsen - Davenport, IA

“While it has been years since I have seen Steve, my sister, Loa, was a co-worker and friend of his late wife, Polly. I remember looking forward to...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Marta Nelson - Davenport, IA

“To the Adams Family: Sorry to hear of your loss. Spa was my tool partner for many years at Ralston and a great friend. I am going to miss him greatly...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Mark & Karilyn Curtis - IA


Services celebrating the life of Stephen P. Adams, aka Steve, aka SPA, 64, of Davenport, will be 1pm Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport with military honors provided by the Vietnam Veterans of America Post 299. Visitation will be 3-7pm Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Scott County Humane Society.
Steve passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012 at his home following an extended illness.
Stephen Paul Adams was born July 21, 1948 in Davenport, a son of Allyn John and Dorris Louise (Tagge) Adams. After graduation from high school and an attempt at college, Steve entered the Marine Corps and served one tour in Vietnam from 1968-1969. Upon his honorable discharge he made a couple more attempts at college. He was united in marriage to Polly F. Blake on October 6, 1984. She preceded him in death on June 4, 2009
Steve met his beloved Polly by "accident" in 1975 when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident and had to spend some quality time in the former Mercy Hospital where she was the nurse who took care of him. Steve had led a wild life up until then but Polly tamed him and they were a couple for eight years before they were married at John O'Donnell Stadium in what was known as "the Wedding of the Century" on October 6, 1984. B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your own Costume)
He had been a millwright for Nestle Purina for over 35 years and retired in 2008. He was a member of VFW Post 828, Davenport.
SPA enjoyed spending time with his grandsons, kayaking, camping, fishing, photography; "creative writing" and telling tall tales that were unbelievable but true! He was an avid Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeye fan and was known for his birthday bashes, 4th of July fireworks displays, bi-monthly "maintenance meetings" in his basement, weekly Wednesday night "boys meetings", dressing up for Halloween, and his 1949 MG TC "cool car." In 1978 he became an accepted contestant on the Gong Show with his dog Adolph.
Survivors include his son Christopher (Rhonda) Adams, Davenport; grandsons Brett Adams and Shawn Hankemiere; mother Dorris Adams, Davenport; brothers Gary (Martha) Adams, Davenport, David (Joline) Adams, Blue Grass; nieces Jennifer and Amber; nephews Brian, Nick, John, Chris, Mike and Daniel; brother in law Peter Blake; and many very dear friends a special thanks to Billy Rhodes, John Miller, and Mary Swift for all of the love and care they provided to Steve in his final days. His long time pet parrot Kiddo also survives.
In addition to his wife Polly, his father and dogs Adolph, Mic, and Ei preceded him in death
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Steve's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com. Together with Polly- Honey I'll bring the lighter and bottle opener, "see you poolside."