James A Deberry

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James A, Deberry 87 of Fairway Kansas passed away June 24, 2020.  He is survived by his wife Anna F. Deberry, daughter Julie Harris (Russell) St. Petersburg, Florida, Elizabeth Cummins (Mark) of Grain Valley, Mo., three grandsons, and five great grandchildren.

Mr. Deberry was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia School of Law and a member of the Delta Chi fraternity. 

Mr. Deberry was employed by US Bank at the time of his retirement in 1998.   

Mr. Deberry was active in many local and regional charities and an avid golfer.

No funeral services are scheduled.

2 Comments

  1. Dave LaRoche on June 27, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Jim and I met in our early twenties and 65 years later we remain as we earlier were—solid, irrevocable friends. I suppose, looking back, we filled each other’s vacancies and needs. He, a stalwart, dependable guy with strength and tenacity and I the opposite. I’m sorry he’s gone. While he provided his sort of guidance in subtle ways—and those who knew him absorbed a little—that model is gone. For all of us gone.
    We were in the Air Force together, same squadron. We dug out my dad’s basement, St Louis clay for seventy-five bucks and a summer of back aches. We were fraternity brothers at MU; I was his best man and later we skied the Sierra and played at golf—various courses in various places.
    I found in him a gentle man with goliath strength, both physical and emotional. He had a voice (he was a lawyer), but never shouted over and always encouraged even contrary voices to his. Jim was a practical man, utility his measurement. He liked to sample ideas before placing them into his inventory.
    Jim was an admirable man—truthful, honest, and generous. His body may leave but his memories remain. Those characteristics admired are with us—a gift from him that lives beyond his absence.

  2. Dave LaRoche on June 25, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    James Arley Deberry and I were the best of friends. We met in our early twenties and now 65 years later we remain as we earlier were—solid, irrevocable friends. I suppose, looking back though an objective lens, we filled each other’s vacancies. He, a stalwart, dependable guy with strength and tenacity and I the diametric opposite. I’m sorry he’s dead. While he provided his sort of guidance in quite subtle ways and those who knew him absorbed a little, that model is gone. For all of us gone.
    No one knows anyone fully, but I thought I knew Jim. We were in the Air Foce, same squadron twice. We dug out my dad’s basement, St Louis clay for seventy-five bucks and a summer of back aches. We were fraternity brothers at MU; I was his best man and later, much later, we skied the Sierra and played at golf—various courses in various places.
    I found—and suspect others looking closely found in him the same—a gentle man with goliath strength, both physical and emotional. He had a voice (he was a lawyer for Pete’s sake), but never shouted over and always encouraged other if contrary voices to his. Jim was a practical man, utility his measurement. He liked to touch and sample the things and ideas before placing them into his inventory.
    Jim was and is an admirable man—truthful, honest, and generous. His body may leave but his memories remain. Those characteristics admired are with us. We use them. It’s to our advantage—a gift from him that lives beyond his absence.

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