Dr. Curtis M. Adams

Dr. Curtis M. Adams, age 69, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly with his loving family by his side on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Jacqueline Hickox-Morgan officiating.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the observance of social distancing guidelines, the funeral will also be live streamed at www.facebook.com/WintzRay as well as on Curtis’s obituary page at www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com.  Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery.  Visitation is from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, July 24 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.

Pallbearers are Greg Adamson, Randy Christensen, Tom Gilmore, David Holzwarth, Russ Pearson, and David Withrow.

Curtis was born March 17, 1951 in Crookston, Minnesota to Lester and Ada (Noyes) Adams.  The family moved to Luverne, Minnesota in 1957 and Curtis graduated from Luverne High School in 1969, where he played football, basketball, baseball and track.  He then attended Augustana University graduating in 1973 with Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry.  On August 10, 1974, Curtis married Brenda Givens at United Methodist Church in Luverne.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1977 and then moved to Yankton.  Curtis completed his residency in OB/GYN under Dr. Brooks Ranney in Yankton.  Curtis also spent six months of his residency at Indian Health Services in Anchorage, Alaska.  After his residency, he joined the staff at Yankton Medical Clinic and saw his first patient on December 15, 1980.  Curtis practiced OB/GYN in Yankton until the day he passed away.  He was a dedicated physician for 40 years, caring for countless women and delivering thousands of babies.  He loved his profession and had a passion for teaching and training many students over the years.  While he had many professional achievements, he was most proud of his three sons he and Brenda raised.  His world was turned upside down when Brenda passed away from breast cancer on February 22, 2003.  Curtis was fortunate to find love again with Madonna Kilbride and the two were married on June 4, 2005.  Curtis and Madonna enjoyed their years together traveling, attending shows and concerts, and spending time with their grandchildren.  He also loved sports, playing golf, and cooking.  He was a lover of all animals and rescued many pets over the years.  Curtis also enjoyed trying to be a handyman.  He would try and tackle about every project but would usually end up calling the professionals to complete the job.

Curtis is survived by his wife, Madonna Adams of Yankton; three sons: Brent (Coreen) Adams of Yankton, Jonathon (Sara) Adams of Sioux Falls, and Craig (Katie) Adams also of Sioux Falls; three step children: Nicholas Severson of Vermillion, SD, Adam (Stephanie) Severson of Yankton and Natalie Severson of Yankton; 10 grandchildren: Braxton, Remington, Ashton, Kayla, Claire, Charlotte, Ella, Emma, Oaklee, and Max; and his beloved pets: Oliver, Frankie, Bandit, Barney, Zsa Zsa, and Harry.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Brenda Adams; mother- and father-in-law, Roland and Frances Givens; and father-in-law, Eugene Kilbride.

The family would prefer memorials to River City Domestic Violence Center, PO Box 626, Yankton, SD  57078; Sioux Empire Pit Rescue, PO Box 2321, Sioux Falls, SD 57101; Almost Home Canine Rescue, PO Box 90707, Sioux Falls, SD 57109; Siouxland Humane Society, 1015 Tri View Ave, Sioux City, IA 51103; or Heartland Humane Society, 3400 E. Hwy 50, Yankton.

The funeral service will be streamed live below approximately 5 minutes prior to the start of the funeral.




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27 response to "Dr. Curtis M. Adams"

  1. By: Mary Anderson Posted: July 21, 2020

    I am so very sorry for you loss. Dr. Adams has been my Doctor for decades. He was a great doctor. It is truly a loss for the communites he served. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

  2. By: Tamara Mutchelknaus Posted: July 21, 2020

    Oh my what happened this saddens me so much I was one of Dr Adams first patients delivering my children and just did my surgery a week before his own surgery I will definitely miss him my prayers go out to all his family so sorry for your loss

  3. By: Patsy A (Bruyer) Sullivan Posted: July 21, 2020

    I was so very sorry to hear about Dr. Adam’s passing! He’s been my doctor since 1984. Thoughts and Prayers to your family.

  4. By: Tammy, Dennis, Karissa, Kristopher Kokesh Posted: July 21, 2020

    Dr. Adams was so wonderful! He’s been my doctor since 1980 & delivered both of my babies. I can’t believe he is gone. God has received a blessing today. I am so sorry for the pain you are all going through. I will continue to pray for peace & acceptance for you, the family. With Love, Tammy Kokesh

  5. By: Kim (Kaiser) Dale Posted: July 21, 2020

    I’m sorry for your loss Madonna and the whole family. That was a shock. Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord..

  6. By: Marlys Johnson Hines Posted: July 21, 2020

    I am saddened to her of Dr. Adams passing. He was the best Doctor! I would have not had the 3 children that I have if it was not for his knowledge of” high risk pregnancies” I was very blessed to have him and I’m sure there are a lot of women that can say the same. So sorry for your loss! Hold tight to your memories! With deepest sympathy Marlys Johnson Hines.

  7. By: Kay Swihart Posted: July 21, 2020

    Condolences to the family. So sorry the hear of your loss.

  8. By: Stacy Barnes Posted: July 21, 2020

    I was truly saddened to hear Dr. Adams had passed. He’s been my doctor for over 15 years and saved my life and that of my child when I had to have an emergency C-section. He also operated on me more than once, to help me avoid cancer, and probably saved my life a couple times in that way too.. He was always kind and just a great doctor. He will be missed. My sympathies to his family, friends, and patients.

  9. By: Cindy Carrington Posted: July 22, 2020

    To Madonna and family: I was so shocked to read his name in the obits. Sending prayers and hugs to all of you. He was a wonderful person always concerned and helpful.

  10. By: LORI MEHLHAF Posted: July 22, 2020

    SO very sorry to learn of Dr. Adams passing, I to was his patient , he delivered both my girls, 1984, and 1988, had toxemia with both pregnancies, delivered them both early, 6 wks, and 3 wks. HE was very bedside mannerly, very caring Dr., pretty sure he had to be a very caring dad to his boys. May God be with the whole family as they accept this and learn to adjust, and cherish all those memories. Prayers for comfort and peace. Lori from Menno,SD

  11. By: Kari Smith Posted: July 22, 2020

    with deepest sympathy to his family..BEST DOCTOR EVER! He delivered both of my girls and I was his patient until we moved..I’m saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  12. By: Kimberley S Andres Posted: July 22, 2020

    My girls, 2004 and 2008 were both patients of Dr. Adams and we are so sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to the entire family for this sad and unexpected loss.

  13. By: Karen Powers Posted: July 22, 2020

    I am so sorry to read this. Dr. Adams saw me through some of the best and worst times of my life and I still think of him often. He was a great man, gone too soon.

  14. By: Christi Schmidt Posted: July 22, 2020

    I had the pleasusre of working with Dr. Adams through ASHH as a physical therapist working with the prenatal and postpartum prorgrams. He then performed an emergency c-section on our first born daughter 23 years ago. I knew I was in good hands and appreciated his skills and knowledge. We now have gotten to know his son, Brent, and know your dad is very proud of all his family members. He will be deeply missed by many.

  15. By: brent lindbloom Posted: July 22, 2020

    Oh how saddened I am to hear of Curt’s passing and for your loss. I was one of the fortunate physicians to be trained by Curt, Dave and Tom! What a wonderful man in so many ways! I know how much he will be missed by his family and patients! My love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Brent Lindbloom, Pierre SD

  16. By: Heather Lee Posted: July 22, 2020

    Hearing about the passing of this man profoundly saddens me…If not for him, my ex-husband and I may not have been blessed with our amazing daughter. I battled fertility issues for years. This wonderful Dr. tried everything to help us and wouldn’t give up, even when we thought there was no hope and wanted to stop trying. He was my Dr., my confidant, and my support. I wholeheartedly trusted him through every treatment he suggested! He was with me 100%! He enthusiastically shared in our joy almost 21 years ago…the day he delivered the beautiful healthy baby he had helped us to conceive. I am forever grateful and fortunate to have had the honor of being his patient. My dad was also a friend and colleague of his. Rest in Peace, Dr. Adams. Thank you for everything, and for my Zoe. Sending love to his family.

  17. By: Leann Weich Posted: July 22, 2020

    We were beyond blessed to have Dr..Adams in our lives. He delivered our daughters in 87 and 89.. Such a kind, wise,intelligent, caring m.an to care for you was awesome. I feel blessed to have known him.
    Oiur family is so sorry for your loss. You have our sympathy and prayers..

  18. By: Jennifer & John Kleinschmit Posted: July 23, 2020

    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Dr. Adams. He was there for me with all of my 5 pregnancies, including a stillbirth. He was amazing and compassionate. He will be missed.

  19. By: BONNIE KUTILEK Posted: July 24, 2020

    rest in peace

  20. By: Mac Judy Wurtz Posted: July 24, 2020

    So sorry to hear of his passing. Job well done.God bless his family.RIP DR.Adams

  21. By: Linda Hofmann Posted: July 25, 2020

    My sincere sympathy to the family of Dr Adams. Keeping your family in my prayers.

  22. By: Heather Fillaus Posted: July 25, 2020

    I’m devastated to hear of Dr’s passing. He delivered both my boys and they were both born on Dr’s day off. One was a scheduled c section. I asked him ” shouldn’t you be out golfing?” He said ” nope I’m right where I should be. Helping you deliver your son”
    I just had a procedure with him on June 25. He said see you in 6 months. I’m praying for comfort and peace for his family. The world is less without this great man.

  23. By: Ann Reynolds/Jorgensen Posted: July 25, 2020

    So sorry to hear about Dr Adams passing. I was a patient of his in Vermillion with a couple surgeries. He had a compasionate bedside manner. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Treasure the memories

  24. By: Ranjit T Koodali Posted: July 25, 2020

    We are deeply sad to hear about the untimely demise of Dr. Adams. Dr. Adams embodied all the virtues a physician should have, caring, devoted, honesty, patience, and respect.
    We are eternally grateful to Dr. Adams for exceptional service and care.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family to overcome this unexpected tragedy.
    Ranjit Koodali

  25. By: Glenda Iverson Posted: July 26, 2020

    I am truly shocked, to hear of Dr. Adams passing. Dr. Adams has been my doctor for decades. For many years, I had asked if he was going to retire on me. I never thought I would have to replace him, due to death. It is truly a loss for the communities he served. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

  26. By: Laura Fejfar Posted: July 26, 2020

    Although Dr. Curtis was not my doctor, his son Brent was. Judging from the caliber and empathy of Dr Brent, he must have had a wonderful example from his father. May God hold your family in his hands through these sad times.

  27. By: wintzray Posted: July 30, 2020

    Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to your family. We appreciated being able to be a part of Dr. Adams’ touching service and video via livestream.
    His successful medical practice, community contributions, and the love for his family are Dr. Adams’ legacies.
    God’s Blessings. Peace and Comfort. Virtual hugs.
    Stoebner Family

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