Obituaries » John Robert Adkins
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May 6, 1954 - May 2, 2021
A private family memorial has taken place in celebration of his life. Memorial contributions in Bob’s name can be made to the Galesburg-Augusta Community School Foundation at 1076 N. 37th Galesburg, MI 49053. Donations will support a memorial tennis scholarship in memory of Bob Adkins.
John Robert (Bob) Adkins passed away on Sunday, May 2nd at his home. Bob was born in Marion, Indiana to Delmar and Joyce (Dobson) Adkins. He joined two older brothers; Harold and Delmar, followed by two sisters; Brenda and Kathy. The family left their humble beginnings in Indiana and moved to Galesburg, Michigan in 1965 where his father began a job at General Motors. Bob thrived in sports, with the help of Hall of Fame Galesburg-Augusta coaches of his era, all of whom he greatly admired for the rest of his life. He was the state runner-up for tennis in 1969 and 1970, State Champion in 1971 and 1972. His time in the 880-yard run of set a school record, after 48 years is the oldest standing record for Galesburg-Augusta. After graduating from High School he went on to attend and play tennis at Ball State University. His love for tennis became his career as a Tennis Pro in the greater Kalamazoo Area for over 30 years. Bobs’ calm demeanor, as a coach and as an athlete, was one of his greatest gifts. His natural coaching ability allowed him to positively influence countless young athletes in the area, including his 4 children. His last job was at Bells Brewery, where he made many friends and enjoyed the perks the company provided; sharing beer with family and friends being his favorite one. One of Bob’s truest passions was fishing on a private lake his family has had access to since 1966. His summer weekends were mostly spent on the water in a Jon boat at his “little piece of heaven on Earth.” He is survived by his daughters; Shanna (Bob) Keller, Erica (Aaron) Stewart, Tara (Jeff) Baker, and son John Adkins. Grandchildren; Lauren, Robby, Bailey, Isaac, Grace, Edwin, and Oliver. His brothers Harold (Bonnie), Delmar, and sister Kathy, in addition to many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Brenda. He was a very special person to many and will be greatly missed.