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Horace William "Hoss" Adams
Updated: 14 April 2012
Horace William "Hoss" Adams (30 Mar 1918 - 02 June 2005)

Passed away June 2, 2005 in Russia. Horace was born March 30, 1918 in Ann Arbor, Michigan the son of Horace Herbert and Iva (Wood) Adams. He was life-long resident of Van Buren County (Paw Paw & Lawton). He was a graduate of Paw Paw High School, Class of 1936 where he excelled in music, sports and academics. He received his BS degree from the University of Michigan (major in political science and botany) 1940 and his Jurist Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School 1942. Horace served as an attorney for the US Air Force Command in Dayton, Ohio during World War II. Horace practiced law with his father in Paw Paw throughout his entire career. In 1950 Horace was elected as prosecuting attorney of Van Buren County and served two terms. He helped form the Lake View Community Hospital Authority and for several years was the President of the Michigan Community Hospital Authority. He was past president of the Mattawan school board and a life-member of the Van Buren Youth Camp board. Horace has served as an attorney for several villages, townships, and corporations as well as serving on their Board of Directors. He was a member of the Paw Paw Lions Club, Farm Bureau, and active member of the Van Buren County Bar Association since 1946. Horace was a member of the Paw Paw-Lawton Lodge # 25 F&AM and a generous patron of Western Michigan University’s Music Department. Horace W. Adams was awarded a Certificate of Proclamation by the State of Michigan celebrating his 58 years of legal service in the state of Michigan as he "contributed to the growth and progress of the Great Lakes State with his personal sense of dedication, integrity, and respect for humanity. His hobbies include international traveler as he passed away in Moscow while exploring the Russian waterways with his beloved wife, Mary. On June 24, 1949 Horace was united in marriage to Mary Louise Pugsley, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Robert W. Adams and his wife Linda Adams of Boise, Idaho daughter, Dr. Maryjo Adams Cochran and her husband, John Cochran III of Huntsville, Texas; three grandchildren, William Christian Adams and his wife, Maria Adams of Duluth, MN; John IV and Hallie Cochran of Huntsville, Texas. Family will receive friends Monday, 5-8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw. A Masonic memorial service will be held Monday evening 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Paw Paw with Rev. Tom Abbott officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Van Buren Youth Camp.