|In his final plan for ministry report to the District Superintendent, in which he spoke of his coming retirement, his last words were, “I go in peace.” It was the same inner peace, which enabled him to handle the advancement of Alzheimer’s Disease in his life with honesty, openness and humor.
Ministry was a second career for Jim, and followed some twenty years of Construction Management for E. I. DuPont de Nemours. He attended St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri and served two student appointments there. He took a full-time appointment with the Missouri West Conference while I attended seminary. In 1991, he began serving the Louisiana Conference.
Jim was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa where he earned a degree in Architectural Engineering. He married me, Sandra Baridon, in June of 1959. Together we had three sons, Scott, Mike and Chris. We have eight grandchildren, one great-grandson and a great-granddaughter on the way.
Jim had a quiet gentle spirit and a very large amount of courage. His openness about his disease and his calm assurance that God was with him and would continue to be with him were an inspiration to all those with whom he came in contact. Typical of Jim, his body was willed to science. He was honored to have his good friend, William Peeples, officiate at his memorial service. In the words of one of his caregivers, “He was a gallant man of God.”
Sandra S. Huber, wife
|Source: 2005 Journal|