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Cole W. Adkins

Published March 18,2024

Obituary's Biography:

Cole William Adkins, 24, a resident of Chicago, passed away March 13, 2024 at his home.  He was born April 28, 1999 in Grayslake, IL to Amy and Ted Adkins.

Cole was a member of St. Gilberts Church.  He was a graduate of Grayslake Central High School where he played on the Rams football and lacrosse teams.  He was a black belt in Shotokan Karate and was a member of the Phi-Gamma-Delta Fraternity and the Future Business Leaders of America. Cole lived a full life in his short time and lit up every room he walked into. He traveled the world, and had the most memorable and infectious laugh. He never met a stranger that didn’t become a friend.  He will be missed by everyone dearly. 

Cole is survived by his parents Amy and Ted Adkins, his sister Isabella Adkins of Hainesville and his grandparents Mary Ann DuFour, Nancy Bohr, Paul Crawley, and Theodore Adkins.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather George DuFour.

A visitation is scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2024 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 from 4:00pm until 9:00pm.  A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2024 at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 at 11:00am.  Interment will follow the mass at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville, IL.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.  For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or contact (847)223-8122.

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  1. I met Cole when he was 6 years old, I remember standing in-line waiting for Bella and Erica to come out of preschool, while this positively energetic and most kind boy sat patiently waiting with Amy. As Cole grew, he developed into the most caring and nonjudgmental person. My son, Ryan, valued and looked up to him, and Cole was nothing but kind to my kids, and everyone from babies, toddlers, teens, adults, grandparents, he stood out for his kindness and loving personality.

    When I heard the news I pulled over on the side of the road, and was devastated, and asking Why does God take those that have so much more to give to the world… Cole without a doubt touched everyone he met and was a huge, positive impact within the Grayslake schools and community. We can all learn from Cole’s beautiful heart and carry a piece of him through each of us, by just being kind and understanding to one another. Amy and Ted are the most attentive and supportive parents, and have always been there for their kids, family, friends, and community. Bella and Cole loved each other and you could see when they were around each other, how they protected and encouraged each other. I have confidence Grayslake will rally around the Adkins during this most difficult time. We are praying for Ted, Amy, Bella, and their extended families and friends. As my family shared stories of Cole, forgetting how many we had, each of us are heartbroken for his loss, and consider it a gift to have known him. As the poem “Footprints in the Sand” 👣 goes, God must carry the Adkins family during this time and beyond.

    Adkins Family, we are all here for you.
    Love to you all, The Heavrins

  2. Ted, Amy, Bella and family,
    Truly,…I don’t think there are enough words or really any words for that matter, for me to express our deepest condolences and complete and utter sadness for you and your family on the loss of your beautiful son,Cole. Our hearts are in a million pieces for all of you.
    You are in my heart, my head, and my prayers forever.
    Love you with all that I am.
    Love,
    Gina and Frank
    Xoxo

  3. Amy, I am so sorry that I can’t be there for you today my friend! My heart just breaks for you and your family! Unfortunately I never had the pleasure to meet Cole. But I feel like I know your family through all your stories. Cole sounds like such a loving, caring, fun, and all around great guy! I have no words that could possibly help at this time. But please know that my heart goes out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. And I will always be here for you! Whatever you need!
    Denise

  4. Dear Am ,Ted and Bella.
    My heart is so heavy with sadness for you all. I wish I had words to comfort you at this time. Amy I remember how excited, scared you were when your son was about to go off to college. I was really lucky to share that with you.
    Your family is in my prayers and thoughts.
    Love,
    Diane

  5. Your entire family are in my prayers. I have no words for your loss.
    Ted just recently was sharing all the adventures your family has had.
    My heart is with you and sending love.

  6. Ted, my daughter Amanda just let me know the sad news. Sending prayers to comfort your family, I’m so sorry.

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