James Robert (Jim) Niebuhr, 83, long time resident of La Marque passed away Monday, January 21, 2019 at his residence in League City, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at First United Methodist Church of La Marque, 1825 Howell. Burial will follow at Galveston County Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 28, 2019 at Emken Linton Funeral Home in Texas City.
Jim was born December 2, 1935 in Brenham, Texas. He owned and operated Jim Niebuhr Insurance Agency, in La Marque, faithfully serving his clients for 50 years. Jim attended Brenham High School where he excelled in baseball, basketball and football before graduating in 1954. In 1959 he graduated from University of Texas in Austin with his BBA along with a Military Officer's Commission earned through 4 years of ROTC training.
Jim married the love of his life, Mary Lois Boone on May 31, 1957, they were married for over 61 years until his passing. He often joked that Mary received her PHTS (Putting Hubby Through School) degree as she worked full time to pay the bills while he completed his last year of college. After graduation Jim joined the United States Air Force as an officer and was stationed at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was later assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Courier Transfer Station at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. He proudly served our country there for three years before returning to Texas where he began his own insurance and investment business.
Jim loved his community and selflessly gave back to it through his years of involvement with La Marque Jaycee's, Kiwanis, La Marque-Texas City Chamber of Commerce, and First United Methodist Church. Jim and his wife Mary were also die-hard La Marque Cougar fans. Jim was a lifetime avid golfer, fisherman and weekend barbeque pit-master.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, A.E. (Shine) Niebuhr and Rosella Niebuhr, sister, Marilyn Sommer, and son, Robert Wesley Niebuhr.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Niebuhr; sons, Mike Niebuhr and wife Susan, Eric Niebuhr and partner Marc; daughters, Marilisa Corl and husband Tanner, Lanie Rygaard and husband Ricky; grandsons, John Niebuhr and wife Nicole, Cody Rygaard and wife LeeAnna; granddaughters, Emily Niebuhr, Brandi Rygaard, and Raeh Corl, along with extended family members and many friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of Orchard Park at Victory Lakes for providing a family atmosphere and for compassionately caring for Jim over the past year and a half.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, First United Methodist Church of La Marque, or the charity of your choice.
Mr Niebuhr was such an inspiration to me as a young man and I will be forever grateful for his encouragement and kindness! May God Bless Jim and let his perpetual light shine upon him!
David A SchlageterNew Braunfels, TX
My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of comfort and loved ones continue to surround you with love and support (2Cor 1:3,4).
Laura walkerLa marque, TX
We are lifting your family up in our prayers. LeeAnna always spoke about how sweet he was. She loved going to visit Cody's grandparents. She grew up without grandparents, and Cody's were the perfect example of loving grandparents. She also knows how much Cody loved his Granddad. He will be dearly missed. Cherish all the sweet memories of your dad. Love and hugs!
Robert and Janet
Robert and Janet RossSanta Fe, TX
Jim was a good friend and will be thought of often along with all the great Jaycee times we had. Keeping his family in my prayers
Glenda (Woodward) SalterCypress, TX
sorry for your loss, our dear friend and neighbor. Jim did so much to help others and La Marque
Dorothy and OK JeffcoatLa Marque, TX
Condolences to The family of our friend, Jim. Phil worked side by side with Jim for 3 years in the Philippines and we contacted each other every New Years until he passed. He will be missed by us. Phil & Deb Doughtie
Phil and Debbie DoughtieFranklin, VA
Jim was always an encouragement to me. My association with him through the Life Underwriters Association was a great experience. May God give all grace, peace and mercy.
Dr. Keith BellamyWoodville, TX
Prayers to all for your loss. May Jesus hold you close in his arms while you struggle to get through this tough time.
Pamela York BrosenArlington, TX
Our deepest condolences to Eric and all the Niebuhr family. May God bless and take care of you in this difficult time.
Stephen SilvaHouston, TX
Jim took an interest in me while I lived in Houston. enjoyed catching flounder in the intercoastal canal. glad i new him. distant cousin and well admired. may the Lord give peace and comfort to his family.
TIMOTHY RAY MUNZBEDFORD, TX
You are missed. To my great friend and a truly fine individual.
Jay ArringtonLa Marque, TX
Our prayers are with Mr. Niebuhr, Mike and the family during this time of honor and celebration.
Les ClarkMesquite, TX