Karen K. Adams was born Oct. 25, 1943, to Blair F. Cronk and Gladys V. (Nelson) Cronk in Sioux Falls, S.D. She spent her school years in Sioux Falls and attended South Dakota University where she met Robert (Bob). They were married the day before they graduated from college on June 5, 1965.
They moved to St. Maries, Idaho, where Bob began work for the U.S. Forest Service. They spent the next 35 years moving around the country with the Forest Service living in Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota, New Mexico and Wisconsin. In 2000, they moved back to the Black Hills to build their retirement home.
Karen trusted Jesus as her Lord and Savior in 1972 and began a life of serving and living for Him. She was strong, yet submissive, to God’s plan for a Christian wife. She freely witnessed of her love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Karen participated in and conducted many Bible studies and volunteered as a Christian School aid for 11 years in Custer and New Mexico. She taught Sunday School for many years and loved working with the children. She was active in local church outreach, working many years at the “biker booth” at Vacation Bible School and Bible Club and many other activities aimed at spreading the gospel.
She was a diligent prayer warrior with a long list of people she would pray for daily. Karen was very disciplined and organized in her personal life and in her home.
Karen enjoyed the West, being outdoors in the woods she loved and hiking with friends. For many years after retirement, she and Bob worked together doing forest inventory survey.
She was always open, friendly, bubbly and energetic. She had a large circle of close friends, many from all over the country to whom she was a loving encourager.
She loved her grandchildren and was always eager to talk about them and brag on them. Karen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. She was 73.
Survivors include her husband, Bob; daughter, Paula (Mark) Kaltenbach; son, Christopher (Stefanie) Adams; five grandchildren; sister, Janice (Arlo) Gilbertson; one nephew; and three nieces.
Visitation was Oct. 1 at Chamberlain-McColleys Funeral Home in Custer, S.D. Funeral services were at Mountainview Baptist Church in Custer Oct. 2. Interment was at the Custer cemetery.
The family has requested that any memorials be given to Mountainview Baptist Church’s Youth Ministries.