OBITUARY

James W. Fidler

August 6, 1931March 3, 2019
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James W. Fidler was born on August 6, 1931 to Ralph and Grace Fidler in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated from Classen High School where he attended school with his future wife of 63 years, Dorothy Ann Fidler. He then went to Oklahoma A&M where he played basketball for Henry Iba and excelled on the collegiate debate team, winning first place in several national debate competitions. During college, he received honorable discharge from Oklahoma A&M to enlist in the Coast Guard during the Korean War. While in the service, he forged a lifelong friendship with his fellow Coast Guardsman, Arnold Palmer. At the end of his military service, he returned home to attend the University of Oklahoma to study Political Science. He started his sales career at age 11 selling shoes for Della Harrold in Oklahoma City. As a young man, he traveled the state as a stump speaker for Robert S Kerr and spent several years as a successful land man for Phillips Petroleum before finding his passion in the foodservice business in the mid 1960’s. His exemplary career as an executive in the industry took him and his family across the country until he eventually found his way back home to Oklahoma City when he acquired William E Davis & Sons from his dear friend, Bill Davis. His legacy lives on in the family business, Fidler Marketing, Inc., that he facilitated after his retirement from corporate leadership and in the many lives he impacted as a husband, father, mentor, consultant, advisor and friend. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Grace Fidler, and his sister, Wanda Fidler. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Ann Fidler, son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Heather Fidler, son-in-law and daughter, Leland and Tish Tate, a niece, nephew, five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Visitation will be Friday, March 8th from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper. Graveside Services will be 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9th at Jones IOOF Cemetery in Jones, OK with Memorial Services to follow 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9th at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper. Donations may be made to Hydrocephalus Association; 4340 East West Highway, Ste. 905, Bethesda, MD 20814.

  • FAMILY

  • He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Grace Fidler, his sister, Wanda Fidler. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Jim and Heather Fidler, son-in-law and daughter, Leland and Tish Tate, a niece, nephew, five grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.
  • DONATIONS

  • Hydrocephalus Association

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

James W. Fidler

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Patricia Foxx

March 10, 2019

Mr. Fidler was one of the kindest people that I have ever known. I will be forever grateful for his friendship. Ann, Tish and Jim you are in my prayers. Rest in peace Mr Fidler.

Kim Haggy

March 8, 2019

I would like to give my condolences to the entire family. Mr. Fidler (Senior) had a very special place in my heart. I had the pleasure of learning about life from him. During my career @ Fidler Marketing, he was a mentor and a friend. I will never forget the kind things he did for me, and everyone that needed any help. He would give you the shirt off his back if he could. He use to love when I would answer the phone "It's a great day at Fidler Marketing" well Mr. Fidler "It's a great day in Heaven" is what the angels are singing because they got an amazing man joining their team. I am sure you can play golf there! I love him very much and will always keep him close to my heart. Thanks for everything sir. May you rest in peace. God Bless.

Barbara Harris

March 7, 2019

Jim & Ann were wonderful neighbors for over 25 years. Our sympathy to Ann & the Fidler family. I know you have wonderful memories. Barbara Harris

Ines Lormand

March 5, 2019

We had the pleasure and privilege to spend some memorable Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners with Jim , Ann, Tish and Leland. Although his health was slowly failing, Jim kept his great wit, and he and Ann made us laugh with some of their stories and life experiences. We will always treasure those memories. Our hearts go out to all of the family.
Charles and Ines Lormand

Darcus Pearce

March 4, 2019

My heart breaks for Ann, Tish, JP and the entire Fidler family. Sr always had a smile, some wisdom to share and something for me to sell. I’ll always remember the giant of a man. ❤️

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Biography

James W. Fidler was born on August 6, 1931 to Ralph and Grace Fidler in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated from Classen High School where he attended school with his future wife of 63 years, Dorothy Ann Fidler. He then went to Oklahoma A&M where he played basketball for Henry Iba and excelled on the collegiate debate team, winning first place in several national debate competitions. During college, he received honorable discharge from Oklahoma A&M to enlist in the Coast Guard during the Korean War. While in the service, he forged a lifelong friendship with his fellow Coast Guardsman, Arnold Palmer. At the end of his military service, he returned home to attend the University of Oklahoma to study Political Science.
He started his sales career at age 11 selling shoes for Della Harrold in Oklahoma City. As a young man, he traveled the state as a stump speaker for Robert S Kerr and spent several years as a successful land man for Phillips Petroleum before finding his passion in the foodservice business in the mid 1960’s. His exemplary career as an executive in the industry took him and his family across the country until he eventually found his way back home to Oklahoma City when he acquired William E Davis & Sons from his dear friend, Bill Davis. His legacy lives on in the family business, Fidler Marketing, Inc., that he facilitated after his retirement from corporate leadership and in the many lives he impacted as a husband, father, mentor, consultant, advisor and friend.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Grace Fidler, and his sister, Wanda Fidler. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Ann Fidler, son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Heather Fidler, son-in-law and daughter, Leland and Tish Tate, a niece, nephew, five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Donations may be made to Hydrocephalus Association; 4340 East West Highway, Ste. 905, Bethesda, MD 20814.