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The Memorial Service……The Tears, The Laughter, The Emotion, The Libation, The Memories and The Friendships were and are the perfect tribute to a great friend that will be missed in the many circles he revolved in. It was most impressive to see all of those circles in one place connected by one man and I have no doubt he would have been smiling & enjoyed seeing everyone from his fishing buddies at the boathouse to Senator Thompson under the same tent for a good cause! Our circle on the AFFTA and National Casting Call side of the fence will never be the same without Jim’s counsel, friendship and support. Thank You Jimmy Boy and Safe Travels on Your New Fishing and Hunting Adventures! Bill Dawson
I was honored to work with Jim both during my tenure at Trout Unlimited and as a staff person in the Senate. He was a passionate, fearless, and tireless advocate for conservation. At the same time, he was kind and caring. I have such vivid memories of every time I interacted with Jim. Once, when I was with TU, Jim sat and strategized with me and some of my colleagues for 2 hours regarding a project that many people thought would never happen. I remember thinking at the time that Jim was really going above and beyond the call of duty.
Staff and Senators on both sides of the aisle respected, and listened to, Jim. We will miss him. Kira Finkler
My heartfelt condolences to the Jim Range Family. The world has lost a leader in conservation and many of us have lost a “ true “ friend.
My sister, Pam Murray, just informed me of Jim's passing. My thoughts and
prayers go to Jim's family and friends. My memories are from grammer school
through high school in
continued love of the outdoors after leaving
remains very special to those of us who lived in the south side area of town.
My best to Harry, John N and Pete.
The last time we saw each other was a year or so ago in
I have just joined the board of Yellowstone Park Foundation and thus was notified of the passing of Jim. I reviewed the web site and read the message board so I have some sense of the wonderful man that Jim was. I wish that I could have known him. On behalf of Michelin North America, I pass along our best wishes to Jim's family and hope that the mark he left on the conservation movement will endure.
Kind regards, Michael Fanning
Will head to DC next week to say goodbye, not at all certain where to put the feelings of loss and grief right now. Two months ago, we were hunting in
Horizons that you dedicated your life to preserving, and have become your legacy.
Now realizing that the cruel seriousness that grabs the sincerity of how we are often forced to leave this earth way too soon. Done without warning or the time to fully capture life and understand its blessings before we go.
Not fair to anyone we love, though all of us are blessed to have known you.
Rest well, we miss you,
I was saddened to learn of Jim’s death when reading the Johnson City Press this morning. Numerous memories come to mind when I think of the Range boys and Dr. and Mrs. Range while growing up in Johnson City – many years ago. I recently had a good visit with John Neal at a high school reunion and it was such fun reminiscing about the south side of town and all those who played a part in our childhood antics. To Jim’s family and loved ones I extend my heartfelt sympathy.
I was so incredibly blessed to work for Jim at Waste Management, where his kindness and generosity to me and my family knew no bounds. As I wrote this about his hiring me, I thought that maybe everyone who had a chance to spend office days with him would feel as I do. I even loved him when he put his dishes in his outbox! Only he (and maybe Cran) could get away with that. How much I miss knowing he’s around. Kim and Allison, I’m sure he’s with Estelle. Anyway, here goes:
“Work with me, he said,/
We’ll have the best of fun/
‘Cause I’m the goddamn luckiest son of a gun./
I love what I do …/
And they pay me, too!/
I fish and I hunt with good folks and kings/
A wet and windy day – can be a perfect thing./
Down on the bay or under
Yup, yesiree, lucky sombitch, that’s me/
For all of your work, I’ll give you full credit/
A good job well done, that’s how I’ll get it./
To save all the beauty of this wonderful land/
I hope that you’ll say I lent my best hand.
Get me a drink, and you have one, too./
I want to thank you again, for all that you do./
You’re smart and you’re loyal, that’s why you’re here./
I like smart folks, you know, and keep them near./
So work with me now, you’ll see what I mean/
We’ll do all we can to keep the world green./
And while we’re at it, we’ll have a hell of a time./
When I go all will say, “His life was so fine!”/
Life is short (just not mine!); that’s what I say/
As I fill every minute of each waking day./
Fill it with friends, with family and deep love./
But you say a prayer for me, to the Man up above.”/
Thank You, Jim. Linda Zanelotti
I am very grateful for the opportunity to have met and worked with Jim and to have been part of many of his Congressional Casting Calls. He was a fine fellow, and his support and advice on navigating the political waters of
We were deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to Jim’s family and friends, especially to Dr. Bud, Harry, John Neel, and Pete. Thinking of all of you brings back wonderful memories of Camp Tom Howard. Forty plus years is a long time, but some memories remain always fresh.
We were amazed to learn of Jim’s wonderful work – but not surprised. Know that all of you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
David and Rusty (Davison) Light,
When I first met
Jim, I will miss you, when you hear some familiar voices on a crisp fall day it will be the voices of your hunting and fishing buddies telling Jim Range stories and tipping back a few. Save us some birds and enjoy the buffalo that they didn't save for us.... I will miss you Jim..Tom Dougherty