Family: Adam McCloud's 'Fight is Over'

Adam McCloud will be taken off of life support today after being hospitalized with serious brain trauma stemming from a fight last week at a bar in downtown Stillwater. Criminal charges have not yet been filed in the case.

The 29-year-old Stillwater man involved in a fight at a downtown bar last week will be taken off of life support today, acording to his family members.

"Our hearts are broken," Adam McCloud's brother-in-law, Larry Odebrecht, told Stillwater Patch Thursday afternoon. "Adam was a huge part of our lives."

“The candle vigil that we had for Adam has touched our family,” Odebrecht wrote on Adam McCloud’s Caring Bridge site this morning. “Thank you for that gift. It's a fitting honorarium for a light that has burned as brightly as Adam. Sadly, the doctors have made it clear that his fight is over and that soon that light will be extinguished.”

McCloud was hospitalized last week after an assault at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar.

Police arrested Eric Richards on Monday on suspicion of first-degree assault charges as a result of the incident. He remains in the Washington County Jail.

No charges have been filed.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office has until Friday at noon to make a charging decision about Richards.

"An act of violence has caused so much pain and agony, and we truly, truly, truly hope people learn from this," Odebrecht said. "People get in bar fights every day. We hope people learn from this and think before acting out in violence."

Funeral services for McCloud are tentatively being scheduled for next week, Odebrecht said. Arrangements will be handled by Bradshaw Funeral Home, services will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran of Bayport.

A fund to make donations in McCloud's name has been set up at First State Bank and Trust in Bayport. For information, call 651-439-5195.

"The idea behind the fund," Odebrecht said, "is to help our family do some good in Adam's name."

Odebrecht’s post on McCloud’s CaringBridge page goes on to state:

“I was struck last night that Adam was such a strong man but also kept some of the great things about being a boy. He never stopped loving playing in dirt, and built a company around his passion - leading his friends and his family along the way. We've also been struck by Adam's willingness to believe audacious things about people. So many people have told us about his faith in them - faith that no others had in them - that has made all the difference in their lives.

We've all been so blessed by Adam's BIG presence in our lives. We will communicate via this site the time and place of a service where we can all be together to grieve. We expect it will be early next week.

A fund to help the McCloud family with legal expenses and donations in his name has been set up at First State Bank and Trust in Bayport. For information, call 651-439-5195.

The family would like to thank Doctor Michael Kang and the staff of Regions Hospital for the care of Adam and us; for Sgt Stender of the Stillwater Police Department (Stillwater residents can sleep well at night with a warrior like him standing sentry); Kelly Thaulwald and the staff at First State Bank, the staff of LifeSource; Pastor Rich of Bethlehem Lutheran of Bayport; and the pastors and staff of Eagle Brook Church (including Alyssa Mack, Tommy Tunes, and Sara Wade).

Tara and I would like to thank our employer (Digineer, Inc) and the staff of our clients for the comfort and room to grieve and take care of our family. Shelly would like to thank her employer (Stillwater Medical Group and Courage Center) for the support and the care.

Adam's employer (Acapulco Restaurant) and the Leon family has been wonderful. We know you share our loss. Thank you for your support.

For legal reasons, I can't (and won't) comment on the pending investigation and trial. We have enough tragedy in our lives right now and nothing I can say can change the horrible chain of events that took Adam from us.”

Susan October 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Truly sad and tragic. Thoughts and prayers to the family during this very sad time.I hope you can find some small bit of comfort in the love of family, friends, and the community.
Jennifer Prettyman-Hall October 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I didn't know Adam personally but know people who did, and I am so saddened and disturbed by the violent act that took his life. I have experienced the loss of a dear friend to violence, and there's just no way to understand why things like this happen. I am so sorry for your loss, and hope you can find the strength to deal with this horrible tragedy.
Ted Kozlowski October 04, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Awful, horrible and senseless. My heart goes out to Adam's family and friends. Like Jennifer I did not know Adam personally but I've run into him at Acapulco and Smalley's and he seemed like a great guy.
Lynn Murphy October 04, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Thoughts and prayers to our friend Shelly and her family, We are here for you! From your friends at Stillwater Medical Group!
Brenda Foley October 04, 2012 at 11:41 PM
My daughter went to school with Adam and has kept in touch with him and will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and all that was touched by Adams.
Thomas Lind October 05, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I worked with Adam's father, Tim and knew them both as I grew up in Bayport. Small town, everyone is family. New Adam's mother's family also. My heart goes out to all of them and everyone who knew Adam. God bless you! TL
Robin Anthony October 05, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Hi Tara and Larry: So very sorry for your loss. What a senseless act. My heart goes out to you and your family. Hope you both are well. Robin Anthony 13992 55th Street North
Rob Burrows October 05, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Adam, was a good friend to many, I'll always remember his goofy grin, and entertaining and fun spirit! Thoughts and prayers to Adam's family.
Zach Navarro October 05, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I grew up in Bayport with Adam. Went to school with him and we were both members of Boy Scouts together. He was a good man and I can't recall a time seeing him without a smile on his face. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Sorry can't express enough how I feel for their loss.
Thure Holmberg October 05, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I hadn't seen Adam in at least 4 years the last time I was home on leave. His nature was such that we picked up right where we left off. A good guy with a big heart. Always in good humor no matter the situation, he will be missed by all who knew him.
Tom O'Brien October 05, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Not knowing Adam personally I reflect on knowing the other McCloud family members. My heart goes out to a great clan.
Jennifer J Curtis October 05, 2012 at 10:37 PM
My deepest sympathies to the McCloud family, I am very sorry for your loss. I still remember the church sail boat trip we took years ago, we all had so much fun. He was such a Charismatic person that could put a smile on anyones face , which wasn't too hard with the smile he usually had on his. Adam you will be missed by all who knew you.
Jess Vick October 06, 2012 at 01:57 AM
We are deeply saddened to hear of Adam's passing. Our hearts go out to his family. We'll pray for peace to surround you. Ryan Kiesow and Jess
Joseph Shipman October 07, 2012 at 01:56 AM
The author, Shawn Hogendorf, slanders the victim by referring to what happened as a "fight". It was an unprovoked attack; Adam McCloud never even attempted to throw a punch. You might as well say that JFK died after a gunfight with Lee Harvey Oswald.
Shawn Hogendorf October 07, 2012 at 04:28 AM
The reason I used the word fight, is because that is what the family spokesperson told me and that's what police were calling it. That doesn't constitute slander by any means. It's what I was being told happened. My apologies if you feel it was the wrong word, I was just writing what people were telling me happened.
Trey Carson October 08, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Shipman - your assessment here is total b.s.. It was an assault by McCloud and then self-defense by the man with a clean record who now sits in jail because of what happened. Its sad to see Adam die, but it was not simply an assault on him by the other person. It takes two to tango pal and the video shows McCloud's actions too.
Joseph Shipman October 08, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Trey, thanks for your comment -- I have not seen the video and was going by descriptions of witnesses. If the video shows that McCloud was fighting I will of course withdraw my comment; can you please describe what you saw in the video and link to it?
Washington County Watchdog October 08, 2012 at 07:24 AM
According the Tribune Story and the police's discription of the video in it... McCloud knocked a drink out of Richard's hand... Richards went out of camera range, but came back to the dance floor with another drink.... McCloud approached Richards and started pushing him, Richards defending himself threw two punches... one hit McCloud and he hit his head on the ground. I don't think McCloud deserved to die, but according to the police accounts of the video... he clearly accidently knocked the drink out of Richard's hand and should have gone his seperate way (Like Richards appeared to have done when he bought another drink and went back to the dance floor). Instead he started pushing Richards on the dance floor and in turn got knocked out with two punches. Don't expect Richards to be found guilty or serve jail time since the video appears to show he not only tried to walk away on the first altercation he also was defending himself after getting attacked and pushed. It's tragic he died after getting punched twice and hitting his head. Hopefully two lives aren't ruined if Richards is found guilty of murdering McCloud for what appeared to be self defense.
gary sturgill October 08, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I had the opportunity to meet Adam and his Father at the Gold Show in Rapid City. He was so full of life, a ball of energy. This is a sad day here at the GPAA, we have not only lost a Chapter President, we have lost a friend. He was so eager to show everybody his equipment he had built and talk about prospecting. Our hearts and prayer are with you in your time of sorrow.
Stillwater October 09, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Shawn Hogendorf October 09, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Different person, Stillwater. The birthdate isn't correct.


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