The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 25, 2013

James R. Bebb


The Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — James R. Bebb passed away April 19, 2013, after complications with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS).

He was born July 12, 1950, in Superior, Wis., and moved to Pittsburg, Kan. In 1953, where he graduated from College High School in 1968. He graduated from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1973, with a BS in Business Administration. He obtained his MBA from Pittsburg State University in 1984. Jim worked at The Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo.; First State Bank, Pittsburg; M Bank, El Paso, Texas; Mercantile Bank  and Arvest Bank in Joplin, Mo.; and finally Community National Bank in Basehor, Kan. He retired April 2012, from Community National Bank in Basehor, culminating a 30-year banking career.

Jim married his high school sweetheart, Peggy Joyce Hudiburg on May 27, 1972, and served in the Army from September 1972 to August of 1975, working in finance and payroll. He initially was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., then went on to serve the 44th Finance Group in Karlsruhe, Germany.  

Jim was an active volunteer and servant to his communities with a special interest in youth programs. He spent 20 years in Boy Scouts serving as both Committee Chair and Assistant Leader, was involved with church youth programs and mission trips and was a certified Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Wyandotte County. Jim served on the Joplin Chapter of American Institute of Banking; Art Councils in Pittsburg and Joplin; and the Chamber of Commerce Board in Basehor. Throughout his life, Jim was active in his local church serving in many capacities. He and Peggy are members of the Basehor United Methodist Church.

Jim's hobbies included fly-fishing, hunting, backpacking and gardening. Jim was active in and president of (2010 to 2011) Heart of America Fly Fishers, local chapter of Federation of Fly Fishers.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Joyce Hudiburg; mother, Maxine Bebb; and older sister, Beth Herman.

He is survived by his father, Dr. Aldon M. Bebb; father-in-law, Dr. George Hudiburg; younger sister, Margaret Bebb Neil; wife, Peggy; son, Bryan Bebb; daughter, Jessie Bebb Kane; son-in-law, Adam Kane; nine nieces and nephews; and brothers and sisters-in-law.

A casual memorial service will be held April 29, at Basehor United Methodist Church, 18660 158th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Service will be from 11 a.m. to noon and conversation and food will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested a donation be made to BUMC with Jim Bebb listed in the memo line for Youth Scholarship.