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Adam Ciha – Funeral Director
Adam is an Iowa City native, graduating from Iowa City’s West High School in 2002. During his junior year at West, Adam enlisted in the Iowa National Guard where he served with the 234th Signal Battalion out of Cedar Rapids. While attending Kirkwood Community College in 2003, much of the National Guard was mobilized as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, which took Adam and his unit to Iraq in early 2003. He served as a signal operator in and around Tikrit, Iraq, attached to the 4th and 1st Infantry Divisions and took part in numerous convoys/patrols throughout central and northern Iraq.
After the war, Adam went on to attend Kirkwood Community College and Des Moines Area Community College to earn his degree in Mortuary Science.
Adam has grown up around the funeral home, where he started out washing cars, mowing yards and helping with services on the weekends. He has been a part of the Gay & Ciha Funeral Service since 2001 and became a licensed funeral director in August of 2010.
One of my favorite parts of my career here at the funeral home is the unique way I get to interact with the families who come to us on a daily basis. For someone to trust their loved one into our care and come to me for assistance at the time of a death is a huge responsibility but also a very humbling notion. Knowing I have a chance to help that particular family in a way that can make their situation just a little better for them is a great privilege and presents a chance to help others in a way most will never experience.
Adam, his wife, Lisa and their basset hound, Ella have been a part of the Hills community since 2004. In 2011, they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Mia. When not at work, home or enjoying fatherhood, you can find Adam enjoying Johnson County’s natural wonders, usually with a camera in hand and a pair of binoculars around his neck, looking for that next winged wonder.