Fred L. Webb 1924 - 2007 Baldwin City
Memorial services for Fred L. Webb, 82, Baldwin City, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City.Mr. Webb died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.He was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Osage City, the son of Lewis August and Clara Balding Webb.He grew up in Osage City and graduated from Osage City High School in 1942. He was recruited to play basketball by "Phog" Allen of Kansas University and Emil Liston of Baker University. He attended Baker, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the Baker "B" Club and lettered all four years in basketball and track. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Baker in 1949 and a Master of Science from Emporia State University in 1961. Mr. Webb served in the U.S. Army Air Force with the 646th Bombardment Squadron. He was drafted June 23, 1943, and served as an armorer gunner on the A-20 Havoc twin-engine fighter bomber. He flew 51 missions during World War II in Europe. He obtained the rank of staff sergeant and received an Air Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters. He was honorably discharged Sept. 26, 1945, at Fort Leavenworth.He began his coaching and teaching career in 1949 at Hanover High School and continued at Minneapolis and St. John's high schools. He moved in 1959 to Baldwin City, where he coached, taught, counseled and was principal of Baldwin High School for four years. He went to work at Baker in 1963, serving as dean of men and registrar, instructor of physical education and assistant professor of physical education. He was named dean of students in 1975 and retired June 30, 1986.Mr. Webb was a member of First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City, Lloyd Beaton American Legion Post No. 228, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2993 in Olathe, Kansas State Teachers Association, National and Kansas Association of Student Personnel Administration, Kansas College Personnel Association, Association of Fraternity Advisors and Phi Delta Kappa.He married Donna Gene Eaton on Aug. 17, 1946, at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. They shared more than 60 years of marriage. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a son, Rick L. and wife Joyce, Olathe; a daughter, Marcia Rae O'Neil and husband Roger, Wellsville; four grandchildren, Lori, Lacey, Tyler and Spencer; five great-grandchildren, Garrett, Lexi, William, Haley and Allie; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.Mr. Webb was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Katherine Hawthorne; and a brother, John R.The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.The family suggests memorials to the church or Fred L. Webb Scholarship Fund at Baker University, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City 66066.