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James Byron Halbert

James Byron Halbert, 85, died peacefully after a short illness on June 27, 2019. “Jim” was born on August 16, 1933 in Winfield, Kansas to Walter and Nellie (Bare) Halbert.



Jim attended both Redlands and Pierce College earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. In the mid 50’s he was enlisted in the US Army as a radio operator in Germany. After the Army he worked as an electrical engineer and salesman for Delta Sonics, Inc. in Southern California. Jim purchased the company in 1975 and successfully ran the company until it was sold in 1989. After selling the company he moved to Kimberling City, MO.


He married Ardith Johnson on January 21, 1961. They raised two sons. Jim’s talents and hobbies were many. In his youth, Jim was an Eagle Scout and played trumpet. He loved building, designing and engineering. He built and flew RC planes. He built beautiful furniture, clocks, worked on cars, and designed and built a cabin on Big Bear Lake in California. Jim had a passion for chess and was at his happiest when downstairs in his workshop.


He is survived by his wife, Ardith; a brother, Stuart (Lois) Halbert; son Robert (Sandra) Halbert; son Michael (Denise) Halbert; granddaughters Lauren, Alexiene, Marina, Jenna and Averi; and a host of other relatives.


Jim was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruth Elaine Halbert.


Family, friends, and others whose lives Jim touched are invited to the memorial service that will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 6, 2019 at United Methodist Church, 57 Kimberling City Center Lane, Kimberling City, MO, 65686. Interment will be at 11:00 am Monday, July 8, 2019 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, MO. Cremation was under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home, Kimberling City, MO.


Memorial contributions may be made to Kimberling City United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 10, Kimberling City, MO 65686 or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 9685, Springfield, MO 65801.


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