Jim Adams, longtime resident of the Johnson Lane area, passed away in his home on the night of October 3 in the same manner he lived his life, surrounded by people that he loved and on his own terms.
James Walter Adams II was born in Los Angeles, California on August 7,1938 to James Walter Adams and Lucrezia S. Loinaz. In 1956 he married his high school sweetheart, Geraldine “Jerry” Alice Hoit at Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura, California and started a lifelong partnership that would last until her death in 2015.
Together, Jim and Jerry were proud of the family they created and sustained which includes six children; Jim Adams (Lisa, deceased), Hal Adams (Carolyn), Cindy Carr (Tom), Cary Graves (Dave Nyhammer), Connie Cummins (Lee), and Carla Kennedy (Rick Partin), fourteen grandchildren; Jimmy, Riley, Kristen, Kyle, Heidi, Doug, Ryan, Joshua, Rachel, Miranda, Bryce, Chelsea, Dean and Trinity and twelve great grandchildren; Theo, AJ ,Chevi, Remington, Southern, Paisley, Landon, Michael, Samuel, William, Sophia and Dominic.
Jim was fortunate to have an enduring friendship with his brother, Walter James Adams, who is married to Nancy M. Adams, Jerry’s sister. Their children: Terri Lynn Foreman, Jeff Adams, Traci Adams, and Todd Adams have the special bond of being double cousins to Jim and Jerry’s children.
Jim had a lengthy and successful career in the retail grocery business, specializing in perishable produce. Beginning as a Bagger for Ralph’s Grocery Company in Southern California at the age of 17 and working in many stores throughout their network, he eventually joined Raley’s where he served in stores and various field supervising roles until his retirement.
In addition to being a dedicated and supportive family patriarch and a hardworking, loyal grocer, Jim had various interests and an adventurous spirit. He loved sports; including the Nevada Wolfpack football and basketball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Rams, and any sport a family member was playing. He enjoyed traveling the U.S., especially trips in his motorhome in which he managed to visit 49 of the 50 states. Some think he found just as much joy in the hours and days planning the route and details as he had on the actual trip! He also treasured his escapes to the mountains in the summer and the desert in the winter and the friends he and Jerry made along the way.
A lifelong Roman Catholic, Jim was a faithful member of Saint Gall’s parish in Gardnerville, Nevada. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Gall’s on Friday, October 13 at 11:00 am. His burial will immediately follow at Eastside Memorial Park, Minden, Nevada where he will be laid next to his lifetime love, Jerry.