James “Jim” Debbrecht

James “Jim” Debbrecht, 92, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away on July 12, 2023.  He was born on October 27, 1930, in Witchita, Kansas to Fred and Marjorie Debbrecht.

Preceding graduation from Price College in Amarillo, Jim joined the Air Force and later graduated from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas C/O ’59 (Texas A&M University). After having lived in Alabama, Florida, and Kanas, Jim and Pat made their home in Friendswood, Texas where they attended Mary Queen Catholic Church.

Jim is survived by his five children:  Robert Debbrecht and wife, Karen, of Houston; Daniel Debbrecht of Friendswood, Gerald Debbrecht and wife, Cindy, of LaPorte; Sally (Debbrecht) Williams of Webster, and Sue (Debbrecht) Bingham and husband, Darren, of League City; six grandchildren, Cassie Guzman, Rick Debbrecht, Debbie Woodruff, Becky Debbrecht, Corey Bingham and Sarah Bingham; and eight great grandchildren, Kayla, William, Christine, Stella, Servetta, Ava, Adam and James. Jim was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, daughter Joan, parents Fred and Marjorie, sister Jane Nowalk, and brother Fred Debbrecht.

On Tuesday, July 18, 2023, Jim’s family will greet guests from 9:30 am to 10:30 am followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:30am at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546. Interment will take place at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Dickinson, TX.

There are not enough words to express how deeply Jim’s smile and hearty laugh will be missed.


  1. Uncle Jim had a profound impact on our lives. His wit and wisdom went together like the perfect ingredients in his homemade sausage. Not very many people can pull off that combination with as much grace as he did. We loved him dearly and will definitely miss that laugh — and his Christmas cards since we don’t get them from very many people anymore. Hugs to all of you.
    Love, Gary, Mel, & Alyssa

    Melinda Crow
  2. A visit to the shop from Pawpaw was always a highlight of my day. He was well loved and he had a long life well lived.

    Melissa Pride
  3. Dear cousins, and friends,

    So very sorry for the loss of your dad. Spitting image of my dad ! The laugh was contagious for sure. Praying for you all, it’s never easy ❤️.


    Lynn Debbrecht Stallone
  4. Dear Bobby, Danny, Gerry, Sally and Sue (and families)

    I was sorry to hear that Uncle Jim has passed away. He was always one of my favorite people. His cheery smile and big laugh and hearty, fun personality is still a very bright and happy highlight of my childhood memories.

    Uncle Jim was much loved, and so are all of you.

    May the Lord Jesus Himself be your comfort during this time of grieving
    Mike (& Katie) Crow

    Mike & Katie Crow
  5. This describes Uncle Jim and his zest for life:
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!
    (Hunter S. Thompson)

    Jim, enjoy your heavenly family and make the angels laugh and learn how to make sausage or gumbo (thank you for making me try yours—have loved gumbo since then). I’ll always remember the fun at your house, B&K wedding, and your visits to Amarillo. Thanks for the memories. ❤️

    Anne Whitley
  6. Jim was one of the first persons we met at Mary Queen Church when we moved here from Delaware 26 years ago. He was always kind and friendly, always welcoming…just a great guy. Today, MarySandra and I will say the Rosary for Jim, and all who love him. Because of the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we will see our brother again. May the Blessed Mother, Mary, come to meet Jim and lovingly bring him home. All our love and prayers, Steve & MarySandra Foster, Friendswood

    Steve & MarySandra Foster

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