Bruce A. Adams

June 07, 1964 ‒ January 15, 2017

Marengo, Ohio
Formerly of Marysville, Ohio

Bruce A. Adams, age 52, of Marengo, OH, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on June 7, 1964 in Columbus to the Barbara (Gehring) Slade and the late Clyde “Geno” Adams. Bruce was a Maintenance Electrical Tech 4, for Ashland Chemical for 30 years. It wasn’t until 2014 he had to leave due to his battle with ALS. He was a loving spouse, father, son, brother, and grandfather. He enjoyed helping others and often put the needs of others in front of his own. He was a car collector at heart; enjoyed working on anything that needed fixed and was a jack of all trades.

When Bruce wasn’t fixing a car he enjoyed getting out his guitar and making up funny songs to hear his family laugh. He was described as marvelous and fun loving with an outgoing personality. Bruce will be remembered for many things but most of all for his selfless attributes and as a terrific father.

He is survived by his devoted sweetheart and care provider Alana Wellman, a son, Bruce (Megan) Adams of Yuma, AZ; two daughters, Priscilla “Cilla” (DJ) Mathys of West Mansfield, OH and Heather (Brett) Adams of North Lewisburg, OH; three young grandchildren, Payson Adams, Brooklyn Claypool, and JD Mathys; two step children, Rosa Jaramillo of Columbus, OH and Miguel Benavides of Lincoln Park, MI; Mother, Barbara (Glen) Slade of McArthur, OH; two brothers, James Adams of Marengo, OH and Michael Adams of Sparta, OH.

Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St., Delaware, Ohio  where services will follow at 7:00 p.m. Burial will take place next to his father in Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Springfield.

Memorial contributions can be made to the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • We are sadden to hear the news of Bruce’s passing. We shared a lot of good times with him as neighbors in Marengo. He was hard worker and a good man and neighbor.

    RIP my friend!

    The Robinsons

  • He was my loving brother also known as my hero comes to my Aid when I broke down he did not let ALS run his life he explained everything to me for me to fix my car while he was standing there
    I surely will miss him so much the best brother I could ever have he was a best friend to me. He also was a loving father to his kids and neighborhoods a good friend to everyone.If you needed help he was there! He was loved by many and cherished by everyone.
    Rest in peace Brother Bruce I will miss you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I’ll always love and miss you my Brother. It really hurts to see you go ,I’m so blessed to have as a friend and a brother and most of all a man Icouldcall family ,I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH BRUCE ADAMS, ,,,IMISS YOU ALREADY SIR, ALL MY LOVE AND RESPECT, ,,,

  • I am so terribly sorry to hear of your loss, my heart aches for your family. I didn’t know Bruce personally, but was good friends with his son Bruce, and knowing him I can only imagine how truly incredible of a person he was as well. He raised one amazing son, who spoke so very highly of his Dad. So very sorry for your loss Adams family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • From all at Ashland who knew, worked with and Loved Bruce like a Brother. You will be missed.

  • Alana,
    I am sorry for your great loss. I was very sad to learn he had passed away. Bruce was a good person. I didn’t know him outside of work but he was always helpful, funny. Just an all around good guy. Take care and take peace and comfort in the memories you have of him and your lives together.
    Go rest high on that mountain, Son for your work on earth here is done.

    Lena Wills

  • Dear Family and Friends,

    I’m sorry for your loss. I just wanted to leave you with an encouraging scripture that has helped me deal with the loss of a loved one. It is found in the Bible Book of Palm 34:18 here God assures us that He is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Hope it brings you comfort as it has for me.

  • Very sad and sorry to hear this. He was a super nice person. I enjoyed working with him and his friendship. Rest in Peace Bruce.

  • Bruce was someone who cared more about others then himself never a selfish act. The times I spent with him and the family are memories that will never be forgotten. From my first Budweiser to listening to him talk about tinkering with cars and projects. We may not have been family by blood but I have considered him a part of mine. You will be missed deeply and forever in our hearts ..

  • We send our sympathy to Bruce family he was a great young man and we will miss him. I am sure he touched alot of lives along his life’s journey,

  • I loved a man that meant the world to me
    Spoiled me rotten anyone could see
    Would have given me the moon if he could
    I told him no that I am good
    All I needed was him for me
    Now it time for me to set him free
    It was love at first site
    He was my light
    He will never be forgotten
    How dim it has gotten
    I can hardly see but for him I need to try
    To keep my spirits high

    I Love you Sweetie, RIP I miss you ;(

    • Alana,
      So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. I have the utmost admiration for your loving care for Bruce as his illness progressed. Praying for you and his family. I hope to come to calling hours tonight. Hope to see you.

    • Ms. Wellman

      I so very sorry for your great loss.

      Please be assured that God is not responsible for all these sufferings aroud us. Job 34:10

      Very soon He will put an end to sickness and death.
      Revalation 21:3, 4

      Please, hang in there, and accept my deepest condolences.

  • Oh, What a loss! There are no words, but know that I am lifting you up in prayer. My heart and thoughts are with you.

  • Alana, so sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a loved one. May Bruce Rest In Peace. I hope you find comfort with the support of Christ and your family.

    Javier and Lydia Davila
    Corpus Christi, Texas

  • The day we lost you was the saddest day ever. To know there never be another day to hang out and laugh and have fun. .As tears 😭 keep rolling down my face all I can do is see your face!!! You was a great amazing person who was loved by us all!! U will truly truly be missed but NEVER EVER EVER EVER FORGOTTEN Bruce! The day we have to say our final goodbye will be a heart breaking day for me and my sister. She lived for you she loves you she did because she wanted to. You was and will always be her world her heart her soul… I know you are not in pain anymore , May you Rest In Peace till we see you again!!!

  • I have known Bruce for many years, and I have witnessed him walk through lifes sorrows and joys. To that end, I assure you, Bruce was someone I respected. It was clear that he was selfless in his care and concern for others. He was always the first to give, and often it was discovered that he gave before anyone else even knew there was a need. He quietly, unassumably took care of those he held close. He was a strong man, the silent strength you find in the best of us. He was not one to complain, not because he did not suffer, but because he always saw hope and goodness, and that was his focus.
    He loved to brag about his children and their accomplishments. He was so proud of each and every one. He found Lana, who proved to be his lifeline. She was his helper when he needed her most, she was unfailing in her dedication to him, and that is a testimony to the character of Bruce. Bruce made a difference in this world, and he will leave a big hole in the lives of many. He will be proud to see all who step up and fill the shoes he left behind. They are pretty big shoes. I will miss him dearly

  • Alana,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Bruce will be missed. I wished I got a chance to know him better. He is an angel watching us now. So don’t be too sad. He is in no more pain or suffering. He will be missed.

  • I want Bucky’s family to know that I was so thankful to see him a few years ago when he came to my Aunt Betty Clark’s Funeral. I enjoyed the brief time we had. I have fond memories of him when we were children playing whenever I visited my Grandparents & Aunt & during the few years I lived w/them in High School.
    I know he is w/our Lord & is no longer suffering in pain. He was a beautiful, fun loving spirit.

    As we say here in Hawaii, Aloha Oe e A’Hui Hou Bucky (Ah-low-ha oi A ah hoowee hoe) meaning: Good-bye but only till I see you again Bucky…

    Aloha (Love),

    Kimber-Lee (Clark) Erb

  • I was fortunate to be put under Bruce’s wing years ago. He tought me a lifetime of lessons i will pass on. His old school, and my new ideas, we were a dangerous combination. I could not be more impressed and thankful to him. We talked and carried on about a million subjects, projects, cars, life, and in between. He is my Dear friend and always will be


  • Brucey you were an amazing person. You helped lots of people, always thinking of others before yourself. My favorite saying from you was “I never talked like this till i met your mom” or “I never acted like this till i met you guys”. You were a funny man very silly and always making jokes. I was sad when you got ALSA but i knew you were a fighter, i had faith that you could beat it; sadly not everyone can fight everything even if you want to. One thing is for sure no one can say that you didn’t fight to stay here with us. We’ll forever miss you and you’ll forever be in our hearts.