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Dr. Curtis M. Adams

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YANKTON, S.D.— Dr. Curtis M. Adams, 69, Yankton, S.D., died unexpectedly with his loving family by his side, July 19, 2020, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Visitation was July 24 at the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home, Yankton.

Funeral services were July 25 at Wintz and Ray Funeral Home, Yankton, with Rev. Jacqueline Hickox-Morgan officiating.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the observance of social distancing guidelines, the funeral was also live-streamed at, as well as on Curtis’ obituary page at

Burial was in the Yankton Cemetery.

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

Curtis was born March 17, 1951, in Crookston, Minn., to Lester and Ada (Noyes) Adams. The family moved to Luverne, Minn., 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. Curtis married Brenda Givens Aug. 10, 1974, at United Methodist Church, 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, Yankton. Curtis also spent six months of his residency at Indian Health Services, Anchorage, Alaska. After his residency, he joined the staff at Yankton Medical Clinic and saw his first patient Dec. 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 Feb. 22, 2003. Curtis was fortunate to find love again with Madonna Kilbride and the two were married 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, Yankton S.D.; three sons, Brent (Coreen) Adams, Yankton, S.D.; Jonathon (Sara) Adams, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Craig (Katie) Adams, also of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three step children, Nicholas Severson, Vermillion, S.D.; Adam (Stephanie) Severson, Yankton, S.D.; and Natalie Severson of Yankton, S.D.; 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, and first wife, Brenda Adams.

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, S.D.