In Memory

Ralph Adams

Ralph Adams


In loving memory of Ralph Eustace Adams, age 77, who died at home in Cottonwood on June 2, 2022, after a lengthy illness.

Ralph is survived by his wife Wyvonne, his daughter Lisa and grandsons Hayden and Hunter Adams (all of Cottonwood), his brothers Jim (Shingletown), Leonard (Redding), Harold (Red Bluff), David (Cottonwood), Larry (Cottonwood) and Eddie (Shingletown), and sisters Edna Fiscalini (Cottonwood), and Julie Mason (Red Bluff). In addition, he leaves nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews too numerous to count. He was preceded in death by his brother John and sister Marie Campbell (both of Red Bluff).

Ralph was born in Red Bluff, California, on June 24, 1944, to parents Eustace and Pauline Adams. He grew up the middle child of eleven on a ranch out Hooker Creek Road. He graduated from Red Bluff High School, served in the United States Army in Vietnam, and upon discharge, settled in the Los Angeles area. While living in LA, he worked for Howard Hughes, repairing helicopters, married his first wife Barbara, and Lisa was born. In 1971, Ralph moved his family back to Cottonwood and began workiing in the construction field. He eventually established Ralph Adams Construction, and together with his second wife Piney, built a very successful business. Ralph dated Wyvonne in the seventies, and when they connected aggain, they  quickly made it official. Together, they've spent the past ten years traveling, "practicing" retirement, and making memories. He continued building into his seventies and many Cottonwood residents have lived in an apartment, duplex, or house, built by Ralph.

Ralph was an avid and competitive hunter most of his life, traveling all over the world in search of the next prize trophy. His adventures led him into Canada where he started a guide business for sheep hunts, on an African Safari, and anywhere else the tags took him. He holds several Grand Slam (sheep) awards, as well as records for deer and elk. His home was host to many parties, which inevitably included a tour of his museum quality trophy room. Ralph recently donated the contents of his trophy room to a children's learning museum being built in Richmond, California.

Ralph made friends everywhere he went, and love him or not, no one was a stranger. His family and friends will always remember him as a charismatic, big-hearted, small-town guy, sometimes jokingly referred to as "Mr. Cottonwood" at the local coffee shop.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge with a reception to follow. Everyone is welcome to attend.