James Bebbington

James Clifford Bebbington was born in Hot Springs. S.D.. He was the son of Pat and Flossie Bebbington. Cliff was proud to belong to the third generation born and raised in the Custer (S.D.) area.
While there weren’t too many things he couldn’t do, he primarily made his living as an expert in local mining endeavors. His extensive knowledge of local geology, drilling and blasting was well known and put to good use in numerous local mines. When not working in this field he was also frequently sought out for his welding and fabrication talents. Being an adventurous sort he also spent 10 seasons in Alaska helping keep a set net crew running through the salmon season.
Cliff had many interests and was a wealth of knowledge on many things but, it was his love for and knowledge of firearms that was perhaps most familiar amongst his friends and acquaintances.
He was a quiet man and lived his life in a simple manner. Those who knew him enjoyed his sharp mind, quick wit, good nature and wise insights. He could fix anything and was the ultimate handy man. People came to see him for advice right up to his last days.
Cliff peacefully took his last breath on the morning of Dec. 31, 2023, at home and surrounded by family. He was 70.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda; son, Tristan; daughter in law, Sonia; daughter, Autumn Durham; son in law, Jeff; sister, Tana Norvell; nephew, Jeremy; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Cliff loved his family and friends. He helped people whenever he could, was kind to animals, and will be missed by those who knew him.
Per Cliff’s wishes, no services will be held.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.


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