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Old 04-22-2018, 12:01 PM
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Ralph James Freedman, 91, Las Vegas, NV.

Ralph James Freedman, 91, passed away April 6, 2018. Surround by family and friends, we said good bye. He was born February 10, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and my best friend. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, of 65 years, Margie "Greta.' He met his "Swedish Sweetheart" at the coast of California, and soon after came to Las Vegas and married at the "Little Chapel of the West." They raised three children in Las Vegas, Ralph (Cathy), Linda (Richard) and Gary; and grandson, Austin. Jim attended high school and college in Glendale, California, then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Jim was always wise to local and worldly events. Quick to go to a P.T.A. meeting, council meeting, town hall discussion, any "think tank" type group would hear his ideas. He helped create a credit union in the 60's, and was on the board of directors until recently, all donated time. His stack of mail from carities is huge always there for the V.A. causes, and children in need. He raised the bar on compassion. Stories of his early years are famous. Lots to say, fishing, boating with his dad, Catalina Island boat chauffer, Coast Guard Licensed, small pilot license, and loved his cars. He was an avid tennis player playing with stars and big name players, always on a bowling league, softball team, and never missed Poker night. Always quick to dance with his love, they even joined a square dance group called the"Cactus Twirllers," complete with western outfits. In the later years, a Corporate Challenge would bring him back into action. Always with enthusiasm and a smile. Jim had quite an interesting career with E.G.&G. a contractor with the Atomic Energy Commission. He participated in most all of the above ground atomic tests, and many at the test site, many at Marshall Islands in the Pacific. Lots of cool stories about that. Like helicopter crashes in the ocean, with sharks, one of many plane crashes he survived. He had so many daring and frightful job duties. Making simple of film recovery in hot areas, special projects, and 20 years of travel to and from. Jim was proud to be a lifetime member of the "Roadrunners" group. One of the groups of friends like Cold War Silent Warriors. See more info about Mr. Freedman in the book "Area 51" by Annie Jacodsen. You can also see and hear him in the National Geographic Special, "Area 51 Declassified," After all that, he put in another career, 20 years with Boyd Gaming Group. He put together the slot department at the under construction Sams Town, then onto a redo of the California Club. His ideas created major changes in today's slot machine industry. This man will be missed. He had the energy, the drive, the compassion, the integrity that defines a hero. The world was a better place with him in it. So go with God and be at peace. Service will be at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. Celebration following at the California Club.

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