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JAMES THOMAS FRIDLEY

Oct. 28, 1942–April 13, 2023
 
Jim Fridley passed away peacefully at the hospital in Newcastle, Wyoming, following a lengthy illness. His last words were, “I love you, too,” spoken to his wife of 27 years, Sharon Fridley. 
 
Jim was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Stan and Helen Ann Peterson and was raised by his mother, Helen, and adopted father, Harry Fridley. 
 
Jim graduated from Main East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, and attended Westminster College and The Art Institute of Chicago before discovering his passion and talent for photography. After working as an assistant for a nationally recognized photographer, Jim formed a studio of his own and shot commercial fashion photos for magazines and created videos for various venues. Among many other, accounts he had were Marshal Fields, Ken-L Ration dog food and Hamm’s Beer. He photographed celebrities such as Barbra Streisand and Vanessa Redgrave. 
 
In 1964 Jim married Ellen Travolta. The couple had a son, Tom, and daughter, Molly. After traveling to the Weston County, Wyoming, area to film commercials and realizing his love for the people, their way of life, and the countryside, Jim moved his family to the MW Ranch where he was employed as a ranch hand/cowboy. After two years there it was necessary to move to his family’s home near Desert Hot Springs, California, to help his parents. 
 
Jim always planned to come back to the Newcastle area and was able to realize his dream in 1993, when he purchased his own ranch east of Newcastle. 
 
Jim met Sharon Havener and the couple were married in May of 1995 and enjoyed love, life, family and ranching together for 27 years. He loved cooking, grilling, and barbecuing for friends and family. He also enjoyed competitive shooting with Sharon and they traveled to many competitions where they made good friends. One of his favorite memories was of riding on the mountain with Sharon and neighbors, looking after cattle.
 
 Jim was a Christian and took comfort knowing that death is the door to eternity. He loved and was loved by his family. 
 
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Fridley; son, Tom Fridley; daughter, Molly Allen; step-son, Travis Havener and Travis’ wife Theresa (Halliday) Havener; step-daughter, Kristy Oleson and her husband Brett; “honorary” son, Doug Hubbard and Doug’s wife Jacki; as well as many beloved grandchildren. 
 
Jim had a great love of animals and would like to have any memorials go to the local animal shelter.

 

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