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1927 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
HERMAN MILO ADAMS passed away October 15, 2012. He was born January 5, 1927, at the then existing hospital in St. George, Utah, to Henry Milo Adams and Eunice Hortense (Gubler) Adams, of Bunkerville, Nevada. Henry Milo, a cattleman and rancher, was the first of eight boys born to Thomas Henry Adams and Mary (Neagle) Adams, the latter whom in or about 1888 established their home in Bunkerville, then being in Lincoln County, Nevada. Eunice, a housewife and mother, was the sixth child of five girls and six boys born to Herman Gubler and Selina A. Gubler, of Santa Clara, Utah.
Herman was the seventh child of four boys and four girls. His siblings were: Lula (Adams) Lowe, Durrell Kenneth Adams, Westen Adams, Lester Gubler Adams, Karma (Adams) Cornelius, Syble Wilma Adams, and Helen Selina (Adams) Clayton.
Herman attended Virgin Valley High School, which at that time was located in Bunkerville, and graduated salutatorian in 1945. He also played sports (varsity football, basketball and track), was an FFA member, and involved himself with many other various school and church activities and trips. All of these functions afforded Herman the opportunity to travel to other cities and states, a passion that would remain with him. Herman always said, "If there was a trip, I was on it, and I've never had a bad trip!"
In the fall of 1945, Herman enrolled at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, California. It was at this time Herman was nicknamed "Little Buzz", after his big fraternity brother, later shortened to just "Buzz". Herman left USC and enrolled as a sophomore in the fall of 1946 at the University of Nevada - Reno. After spending two years at UNR, Herman returned to USC for his senior year, and graduated June 11, 1949, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, cum laude. Herman worked and paid his own way all through his schooling, such as picking up a job at the Broadway in Los Angeles, at the National Ice Company in Las Vegas during the summers, and Nevada Home Furniture in Reno while he was attending UNR.
In the fall of 1949, Herman began law school at USC. Around Christmas, 1950, in his second year of law school, Herman swallowed a chicken bone from a meal he was eating, which lodged in his throat. The bone was eventually surgically removed. The experience, however, was overwhelming. Sick, broke and far behind in his studies, Herman was forced to withdraw from USC, and returned to Las Vegas. Shortly hereafter, Herman began working for Safeway in Las Vegas. He worked there until May, 1951, when he and his brother, Lester, established Adams Feed Co., at 320 South Main Street in Las Vegas, where he had earlier worked for National Ice Co.
On December 29, 1951, Herman married Rosalie Werner, of Los Angeles, California, but they later separated and divorced. The couple had one child, Meralie (Adams) Dodge.
Herman eventually saved enough money from the feed store to return to law school. He attempted to enroll back at USC, but was told he would have to start all over again - beginning year one. Dissatisfied with this answer, Herman inquired at the then most recently opened law school at the University of California Los Angeles, who accepted him and transferred his records from USC, including some of his first semester credits of his second year. That was the answer!
Herman graduated from UCLA law school, with a degree then called a Bachelor of Law (now a Juris Doctor) on August 11, 1956. Only a month separated law school and the Nevada state bar examination, which he sat for in September, 1956, in Reno (then the only place in Nevada where the exam was held). Herman passed this exam and was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada on October 24, 1956.
Herman began practicing law immediately, first becoming associated with Michael Hines, and then with Oscar Bryan, the late father of Nevada's former Governor and United States Senator, Richard Bryan. Oscar Bryan shortly thereafter left the practice of law to take the bench as a Las Vegas Justice of the Peace. Eventually, Herman would practice law for over 55 years, nearly 50 of which were from the same office at 300 Fremont Street, helping and representing thousands of people with their legal matters.
On June 29, 1958, Herman married Marilyn Edith Anderson, of Los Angeles, California. The couple had two children, Brian Milo Adams and Anthony George Adams. Marilyn passed away on May 5, 1974, in Las Vegas.
The foregoing sets forth merely a fraction of the major highlights of one who lived life fully and completely. From salmon fishing off the Washington Coast, deer hunting at Beaver Dam, sport fishing in the Gulf of California, a six week African safari with friend Cecil Fredi, attending three summer Olympic games (Mexico City, Munich and Los Angeles) and one winter (Squaw Valley), a flight on the Concord to London with a return on the QE II, pheasant hunting in Idaho, to countless snow skiing trips, Herman traveled in, through or to every state in the United States and beyond. In all, a total of over 60 different countries, excluding their respective islands and archipelagos, and all continents except Antarctica.
Herman is survived by his sister Helen (James) Clayton, sister-in-law Jean (Lester) Bryant Adams, Meralie Adams Dodge, Brian Milo (Ruth) Adams, Anthony George Adams, step-grandson Jason Michael Rueger, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main Street, Las Vegas, Nevada. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, with a viewing beginning 9:30 a.m. prior to the services, at the LDS Chapel, 3400 West Charleston Blvd. (7th Ward), Las Vegas, Nevada. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Las Vegas, Nevada.
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