Straud James Fredregill. Born July 12, 1937, passed away May 31, 2014. Survived by wife, Jeannette; son, Ben (Lynn; grandchildren Cole and Marina) of Arvada and daughter, Dominique (Blake) of San Francisco. Also, brothers Bob (Tryna) of Pueblo and Bill of Sterling. Jim grew up in Sterling, Colo., attended the University of Colorado, served in the US Marine Corps, graduated from the University of Denver School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Jim opened the Red Lion Inn in Vail, Colo. (1962), operated Red Barn Restaurants in Pueblo (1966-81), opened and operated La Renaissance Restaurant with his brother Bob (1974-2014). Active in Rotary, PEDCO, Wells Fargo Bank Board, Monday Evening Club and numerous other community organizations. Served on the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges. In 2004 was inducted into the Colorado Restaurant Association Hall of Fame. At Jim's request, in lieu of flowers or donations, please enjoy a special dinner with your friends and family. Memorial service, 2 p.m., Thursday, June 12, in the Montgomery Steward Chapel. For further information or online condolences, visit

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to Jim’s family and also to Bob and and his family.
    Jim was always so personable. He would always stop by and chat and you felt like he was a friend. We know he’ll be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  2. Our deepest sympathy on Jim’s passing. He was a special person who touched the lives of all who knew him. He will remembered and missed.

  3. Dear Dominique, (Ben and Mom-Jeanette),
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. It’s been years since we’ve seen each other but we never forget our friends and events from our childhood. I know you all had/have a life so deeply centered around family/restaurant and that’s how I remember your Dad; always busy, making sure everyone served well. What an awesome legacy and I bet everyone in Pueblo knew and loved him! I’m sure you are very proud of him and hope you will hold onto the belief you’ll see him again in Heaven. I hope we can keep in touch.

  4. Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with the Fredregill Family. I worked closely with Jim during the introduction of the Red Barn back in the 60’s and while at the Pueblo Chamber. Since that time we saw each other regularly, both socially & in connection with my positions at Coors and with the University of Denver. He was a Joy to be with on every occasion and I will best remember the “twinkle” in his eyes relative to his good nature d sense of humor. May the thoughtful, generous & respectful life he lived give you peace and comfort. Most Sincerely,

  5. Jim was one of a kind. Our sadness is only surpassed by our gratitude for having known him. Lots of love to Jeannette, Dominique and Ben!

  6. I was saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his
    family. I worked for Jim and Bob during the 1980’s. I have changed careers but
    have carried with me the many valuable lessons learned during all those split
    shifts, Mother’s Day Brunches and New Year’s Eve’s. The Brothers Fredregill taught me about hard work, empowering employees and giving the guest ‘a little something extra’�. But perhaps the most important lesson Jim taught me was the significance of November 10th. It was a privilege to have known Jim.

  7. As a high school student I worked at the Red Barns for both Jim and Bob. The positive influences that Jim conveyed have never left me. I have and will always remember my learning experiences that I have carried throughout the years. I appreciate all that he taught me as a youngster. I enjoyed visiting with him from time to time in the most recent years.

  8. Jim was an amazing friend to Brian for so many years. I know you know how much that friendship has meant to Brian, but I want to let you know that it has also meant so much to me. I could not have provided the kind of mentoring that has made such a difference in Brian’s life, and I am so grateful that Jim was so willing to go beyond the employer relationship and be a lifelong friend and role model. He will be very much missed by many, and forever appreciated by me.

  9. Our deepest sympathies to all of Jim’s family. He was a very caring man and always made others, including us, feel welcome and special. He will be missed.

  10. It is always a deep feeling of loss when, residing in another state now, we read of a death of a good person we “used to know” in Pueblo. I remember Jim fondly. We enjoyed La Renaissance for many years; and we enjoyed the Fredregills who owned and managed it. Our sincere condolences to the family. Jim will surely be missed by all who knew him.

  11. Frank and Connie Yaklich
    Jeannette, Dominique, and Ben
    Connie and I want to express our condolences to all of you as well as to Bob and Tyrna. Jim was truly one of the Good Guys, and it was a pleasure to be in his company no matter where we were. We will always remember the good times. There were many parties, bronco games, dinners, special occasions, and other outings we enjoyed with all of you.
    God Bless you,

  12. We have many pleasant memories eating at LaRenaissance and Jim was never too busy to stop by and visit. Our condolences to you, your family & Bob and Tyrna.

  13. Jim was a “Class Act” along with brother Bob. I have had so many good times, wonderful food, and fellowship at their restaurant. I will always remember Jim’s smile, his great sense of humor, and his ability to make everyone comfortable and welcome. Rest in Peace my friend! Dr. Ron Meek, Henderson, Nevada, Past President, Pueblo Community College

  14. The loss of La Rennaisance was tough enough, but losing one of the owners is just a double tug at my heart! I will always remember Mr. Fredregill’s amazing smile! Whether welcoming you to a meal or visiting as you enjoyed it, that smile, to me, seemed ever-present. I have shared so many meaningful and special events at the restaurant and truly appreciate the gift that your family gave to us for so long! May you be given all the strength you need to adjust to this loss of a special loved one. His was a life lived well.
    You will be in my thoughts!

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