Albert James "Jim" Bertoglio, age 87, a resident of Medicine Lodge, passed away at South Wind Hospice, Pratt, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.
Jim was born Jan. 14, 1925, in Garden City. He attended school in Medicine Lodge and at age 16 was enrolled in the prestigious Los Angeles Art Center.
One of his instructors and mentors was Ansel Adams, who became the source of Jim's inspiration toward his life long talent in black and white photography. During summers he worked as a photography intern at Cessna Aircraft.
Jim was drafted into the Army Air Corps, where he served as a photographer in Eddie Rickenbacker's 94th Air Squadron. After completion of his military service, Jim enrolled at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. During his college years, he was a photographer at a guest ranch in Estes Park, where he also had a photography business during the summer.
In 1949, Jim returned to Medicine Lodge to join his father in the family General Motors dealership, which operated for 60 years. In 1951, he met and married Janet Brosius of Wichita. They had two sons, Tony and Chris and lived their entire 62 years of marriage in Medicine Lodge. Jim and family were members of the Presbyterian Church.
Jim was elected president of the General Motors Dealers Sons Association; served as president of Medicine Lodge Chamber of Commerce, served as fundraiser for the Stockade, chairman of the Boy Scout Drive and was a school board member. He also chaired a photo shoot for students in 2005.
Jim was an avid skier, tennis player, and hunter for many years. He enjoyed building and racing remote/radio-controlled airplanes. He loved to travel and dancing with Jan to the sounds of the big bands. Two years ago, Jim was selected to travel to Washington with the Honor Flight of World War II veterans. Jim was also a member of the VFW.
Jim is nationally known for his collection of black and white World War II pictures. Some of the photo credits were Marlboro, Chicago Tribune AP, Washington Daily News IP, Kansas Magazine and many more. Recently his collection of the "Vanished Cowboy," done in partnership with his son Chris, was shown at Exploration Place and is now a traveling exhibit.
Jim was preceded in death by parents, Antone G. and Ethel Winslow Bertoglio; and a son, James Antone "Tony" Bertoglio.
Survivors are his wife, Jan and son Chris of Medicine Lodge; brother, John W. Bertoglio of Jacksonville, Fla.; cousin, Mary Ann McCollister of New York. He will be missed by nieces, nephews and scores of friends.
There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held att 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, with Pastor Dale Thiele officiating. Interment with military honors will be at Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge.
Memorials may be made to South Wind Hospice, the Barber County Veterans Memorial or the Lincoln Library in care of the Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary. com