ELBURN – James "Jim" Ream, 66, of Oswego, a butcher at his family's Ream's Meat Market in Elburn, in died July 17 after a brief illness, according to his obituary.
Ream, a resident of Oswego, worked in his parents’ business, currently operated by his brother, Randy Ream, where he continued to work until the time of his death.
In addition to his career as a meat cutter, Ream was a gifted professional photographer doing portraiture, as well as commercial and industrial work for LD&A advertising. His work has appeared in literature throughout the country, in theatrical productions and in the courtroom, in both print and video media.
He and his wife of 41 years, Sharon Ream, raised three sons.
The couple volunteered for Fox Valley Special Recreation, Special Olympics and Easter Seals.
He was on the board of directors of the Fine Line Arts Center in St. Charles Township, where he also created works in fired ceramics and molten glass.
An expert skier, James Ream also served as a member of the ski patrol at area ski resorts.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m., with a remembrance service to celebrate his life to follow at 7:30 p.m., July 22, 2019, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn.