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Phillip “Phil” J. Adamavich

Mar 30, 1944 - Aug 22, 2023


Phillip “Phil” John Adamavich, age 79, of Sheboygan, died on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Sheboygan, WI on March 30, 1944, the son of the late Clemons Adamavich and the late Barbara Jonelis Adamavich Clemens.

Phil attended local schools in the Sheboygan area, graduating from South High School in 1962. On April 28, 1962, he was united in marriage to Alice Mae Siegl at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Alice preceded him in death on their 53rd anniversary, April 28, 2015.

Phil worked for Kohler Company for over 46 years, retiring in 2008. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club and was especially proud of his patent for a utility sink made in China. He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching sports, especially the Packers and the Brewers. He loved classic country music and his guilty pleasure was watching The Jerry Springer Show.

Survivors include: his four children, Scott (Anne) Adamavich, Wendy (David) Young, Kevin (special friend Kelly Eake) Adamavich, and Jen (Chris) Cruz; four grandchildren, David (Jess) Young, Bailey Adamavich, Briana Adamavich, and Carson Cruz; step grandchildren, Sherry (Steve) Sargent and Adam (Jen) Young; nine step great-grandchildren; brother David Adamavich; step sister, Laurie (Henry) Franzen; sister-in-law Pat Adamavich; sister-in-law, Joan Bolle; brother-in-law, Floyd Siegl, sister-in-law Carol Siegl, step mother-in-law, Marion Adamavich; former daughter-in-law, Gina Adamavich, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Phil was preceded in death by his brother, Tom Adamavich, sister-in-law, Bonnie Adamavich, brother-in-law Glenn Siegl, brother-in-law Herman Bolle, and his grandchild, Jackson John and five other grandchildren known collectively as the Cruz “Six Pack”.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Reinbold Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St in Sheboygan. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Fr. Paul Fliss will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please direct all memorials to Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Phil’s name.

A heartfelt thank you is extended to the amazing staff at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, especially Dawn, Christina, Corrine, and Ann. We are grateful for the compassionate care given to Phil and the family in his last days. We wish to thank Kelly Kautzer Schmidt for the beautiful blanket that he cherished in his final days. We are also thankful to Todd and Natasha from Orange Cross Ambulance, for taking Phil on his last ride past Kohler Co.

To Phil’s brother David: thank you for being there for Dad! He looked forward to your calls and visits, especially the contraband you snuck in, like the steak sandwiches from Schulz’s or frappes from McDonald’s.

Memorial Service

Date: Sunday Sep 10, 2023
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]


Date: Sunday Sep 10, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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gary ellinger

Rest in peace .to the Adamavich family.


My condolences to the ENTIRE Adamavich family. I had the honor of working with Phil from my first day at Kohler in 1994. The "Big Guy" was truly one of a kind person. His knowledge and personality was truly a delight!!! He was a great mentor to many young engineers. AH YES, the one liners and nicknames he came up with still make us giggle. There is a compiled list that was kept in the office and just recently many of us read thru them and put a smile on our faces. Good memories. Rest in Peace, Phil.

Tonya Hermann, Jim Klabechek Jr

My mother and I would like to send out our deepest condolences to your family. Your parents stood up in my parents wedding back then.

David Lindsay

Sorry to see this. I first met Phil in Brownwood Texas at Kohler Co. He was my 1st boss/foreman to work for, Complete gentleman,fair and treated employees and fellow supervision with utmost respect. Hé always respected Alice's decision to move back to the "motherland", which he eventually did. Í remember he had a small ice chest in his vehicle, and before he got to the gate, one beer was gone and another opened! Prayers and condolences to family!

Steve Metz

My condolences to the Adamavich family. I had the honor of having Phil as both a mentor and friend starting on my first day at Kohler in 1992. We worked on many projects together over the years and always appreciated his depth of knowledge on all things mechanical. He was well known for his one-line comments, and I have to admit that to this day I still use some of them on a regular basis. I have heard that a list of those one liners has been compiled, and hope to have a copy someday. Until we all meet again at that big 'sand meeting' in heaven, rest in peace Big Guy. You were a true inspiration to this once young engineer.

Paul Hanson

Phil had worked with my Dad, but Phil would go to the Riverfront to play Sheepshead with friends at the Wharf. After the card game, the conversation would go outside. Phil mentioned how he helped on the farm; how he had to go to the store when he was a kid, with the order to buy sugar--moonshine was being made. Phil will be missed.

Rick Wentz

Scott and Wendy, you may not remember me, but I still remember you both fondly. May you find peace in the knowledge that your Father si always going to be a part of you, will always watch over you and be with you in this mortal life we share. Some day you will be reunited but live life to the fullest until then. May time lessen your pain and provide clarity of a life fulfilled and bring laughter remembering moments that you shared with him. I am always thinking of you both and wishing you the best, you were never forgotten! Friends forever despite life leading us in different directions. God Bless you both!!