Edwin James (Jim) Freer
Edwin James (Jim) Freer, 81, passed away Aug. 28, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jim was born June 17, 1940, in Kalispell, Montana, the son of Edwin Russell Freer and Margaret Picha. He graduated from
Superior High School in 1959 and then attended Molar Barber College in Spokane, Washington, graduating in 1960.
In 1961 Jim enlisted in the Army; first based at Fort Ord and then serving with Company B of the Army Reserves in Missoula until 1967. On Aug. 11, 1961, he was married to Delores Abrams in Monterey, California, after which they made their home in Montana.
From 1962 to 1972 Jim owned and operated City Center Barber Shop and Supply and the Talk of the Town Beauty Salon in Missoula.
In 1972 he purchased the Gambles hardware store in Thompson Falls which was sold in 1980. He also had a beauty salon business in the basement that was managed by his first wife, Delores.
In 1981 Jim relocated to the Las Vegas area. After receivinghis Nevada barber license in 1983 he purchased E.J.’s Barber Shop in Boulder City which he operated until his retirement.
On Dec. 31, 1984, Jim married Patricia Bailey Jones at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas.
They made their home in Boulder City until 1997 when they relocated to Henderson. Their summers were spent at their home in Soldotna, Alask,a enjoying river and ocean fishing and the many family and friends they hosted over the years. Jim loved their RV travels and long sojourns at Camp Tuffit on Lake Mary Ronan for fishing and family fun. He also enjoyed hunting and was a longtime member of the Elks Club. After ending his summers in Alaska Jim adopted a fluffy, funny, little dog from a local animal shelter. Rusty became Jim’s beloved emotional support buddy and constant companion though his journey with Alzheimer’s disease.
Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia; first wife, Delores; four children, and four stepchildren: Shannon (Don) Gordon, Virginia (Stan) Brossard, Lisa Ring, Frank Freer, Bonnie Jones Graham, Bernie Jones, and Brenda Jones Coffman. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Dana and Tyler Gordon, Sarah and Conner Freer, Carter Brossard; nephews Michael and Jason Erfle and his faithful little dog, Rusty.
He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved sister, Karen Freer Erfle Holman.
Memorial services will be held at the Superior Cemetery in Superior, Montana at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, when his ashes will be placed alongside his parents.
Guests are welcome to join the family for a light meal and the sharing of memories afterward. Memorial donations may be made to Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation, a Montana nonprofit providing fishing recreation to returning and disabled veterans and their loved ones.