James Eberly Macomber
James Eberly Macomber, 76, Atchison, formerly of Winchester, died Oct. 23, 2010, at the Atchison Hospital.
He was born June 10, 1934, in Atchison, the son of the late E.O. and Edna Eberly Macomber. He graduated from Atchison High School in 1952 and married his high school sweetheart, Norma Reppert, Jan. 31, 1954, at the United Methodist Church in Atchison.
The couple started the Macomber Meat Processing Plant in Winchester in 1956 and served the Winchester community and surrounding area for over 40 years. They also owned and operated a meat processing plant in Overbrook for a number of years.
For the 40 years they lived in Winchester, Mr. Macomber was active in the Lions Club, member of USD No. 339 Jefferson County North School Board, member of the Winchester City Council where he also served as mayor, and the Winchester Hospital Board and Foundation.
He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in both Winchester and Atchison. He served many years with the Kansas State Meat Processors Association, serving as director and president. He also served on the National Board of Directors of American Meat Processors Association. He was awarded the Kansas State Meat Processor of the Year in 1971.
He retired and moved to Atchison in 1996 where he continued to stay active, working as groundskeeper at Bellevue Country Club, where he had caddied as a boy.
He is survived by his wife of the home; his children, Michael James Macomber, Wichita, Lynn Edmonds, McLouth, Jane Lamberson, Winchester, and Julie Adams, Oskaloosa; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Armstrong, Atchison; and a brother, Robert Macomber, Ottawa.
Memorial services were Oct. 26 at the Atchison United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Atchison United Methodist Church. Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison, was in charge of arrangements.
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