JOHN W. “Bill” Adams

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JOHN W. “Bill” Adams

Funeral services for Bill Adams, 93 year old lifetime Buffalo resident who passed away early Saturday morning at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Tuesday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Dr. Bob Miller officiating. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. The VFW and American Legion will be in charge of military graveside honors. Visitation will be from the funeral home chapel on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Donations in Mr. Adams’ memory may be made to the Jim Gatchell Museum in care of the Adams Funeral Home.
John William Adams was born on January 5, 1919 in Buffalo, Wyoming to George and Janie Adams. He grew up and went to school in Buffalo and graduated from the Johnson County High School with the class of 1937. After high school Bill attended the University of Wyoming where he studied business. He did post graduate studies at the Williams Institute in Kansas City Missouri where he received a degree in Mortuary Science. Bill joined the U.S. Army Air Corp and served during WWII. After the war he returned to Buffalo where purchased the Flint Funeral Home from his grandmother, Mrs. John C. Flint. He was married in Buffalo on January 1st, of 1947 to Norma Prather and they owned and operated the Adams Funeral Home, the Adams Ambulance Service and The Adams Insurance Agency in Buffalo for the next 35 years. After retiring in 1981 Bill and Norma continued living in Buffalo. Norma passed away in July of 2008 and Bill lived in Buffalo until the time of his death.
Bill served as Adjutant of Powder River Post. No 13 of the American Legion; was a member of Anchor Lodge #7 AF and AM where he served as secretary; he was a 50 year member of the Buffalo Rotary Club; he was on the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Federal Savings and Loan Association; For many years he was on the board of trustees of the Johnson County Health Care Center; Bill was instrumental in forming the Johnson County Cemetery District and served as its president from 1975 until 2011. He was still a member of the cemetery board at the time of his death. Bill was a past president of the Wyoming State Board of Embalming and past president of the Wyoming Funeral Directors Association. He served as the Johnson County Coroner for 35 years and at the time of his retirement had served longer than any coroner in the State. He was past president of the Carwile and Lobban Ditch Company, served on the Thom Scholarship Fund for many years and was instrumental in the formation of the Margery Weil Scholarship Fund. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time in the Big Horn Mountains.
He is survived by one daughter, Ann Huber and her husband Gary of Buffalo; two grandchildren, Dr. Hayley Miller and her husband Joe of Salt Lake City and Dr. Pax Harness and his wife Kelly of Portland, Oregon; two great-grandsons Flint and Hudson Miller of Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one son Mark Adams and an infant brother Donald Adams.