Adam Ryan Spady - May 29, 2014
Adam Ryan Spady, a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle and friend passed away peacefully in his Imperial, Neb. home May 19, 2014 at the age of 35. He finally conquered his long 18 year battle with cancer.
Adam was born April 12, 1979 to Lennie and Teri Spady in Imperial, attending grade school and high school in Imperial and graduating from Chase County High School in 1997.
He attended college at Chadron State for a semester and then spent the next several years completing his Bachelor of Arts in Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, graduating in December 2004. He enjoyed working at Kearney Park and Rec and The Buckle while attending school. He student taught Health and Physical Education in the Bellevue, Neb. school system during the fall of 2004 and then substitute taught in the Omaha area the next spring while looking for his first full time teaching job. While living in Bellevue, he also worked for the YMCA of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Adam lived life strong. He tackled everything in life with unwavering determination. The countless hours of homework he completed growing up prepared him for the never ending cancer research he would do when he was battling the disease. Traveling all across the country from Seattle, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Denver and Tijuana, Mexico receiving treatment for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (accrf.org), he never gave up.
Adam’s love of family and friends was unmatched. He cherished spending time with those he loved along the way, especially his faithful companion the past seven years, his yellow lab Haley. There was a special place in his heart for kids. He thought the world of his five nephews that he loved to play ball with outside or challenge in a game on the Wii.
Fitness and health were important to Adam and he radically changed his diet from the time of his initial diagnosis to eat organically and cut out food that he felt might feed tumors. He stayed active by working out and playing volleyball with friends in Kearney.
Even through their struggles, Adam was a Kansas City Royals and Husker fan to the end. Adam also enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing all sports while growing up. Some of his favorite memories were visiting the farm and camping with his Grandpa and Grandma Spady.
Above all, Adam’s faith in God was tested time and time again and it never faltered. He never cast blame for his cancer and suffering he endured over the years. His journey was a testament in faith and an inspiration to countless people who knew him personally or only knew of his story. He etched a spot in the hearts of those he knew forever.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Harold and Donna Spady; grandfather, Harlan Smith; grandfather Robert Molzahn; aunt Sandra Smith; and cousin Wade Smith.
He is survived by his parents Lennie and Teri Spady of Imperial; brothers Troy (Lynn) of Omaha, Neb., Nick (Leah Noyes) of Fort Collins, Colo., and Jon (Amber) of Dallas, Texas; grandmothers Rosie Molzahn of Imperial and Joy Smith of Imperial; nephews Mason Spady of Fort Collins, Colo., Tyler, Trevor, Trea and Toby Spady of Omaha, Neb., along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant was in charge of arrangements.