Archive for Thursday, March 1, 2007

Fred L. Webb

March 1, 2007

FRED L. WEBB (has pic)

A memorial service for Fred L. Webb, 82, Baldwin City, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mr. Webb died Feb. 26, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Oct. 18, 1924, at Osage City, the son of Lewis August and Clara (Balding) Webb. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1942. He was recruited by head basketball coach Phog Allen at the University of Kansas. However, Emil Liston, head basketball coach at Baker University, won the recruiting battle and Webb attended Baker University in 1942. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, the Baker University "B" Club and lettered all four years in basketball and track. He graduated from Baker in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and in 1961 he earned his Master of Science degree from Emporia State University.

On June 23, 1943, he was drafted in the United States Army Air Force, 646th Bombardment Squadron. He was an Armored Gunner on the A-20 Havoc, twin-engine fighter-bomber where he flew 51 missions during World War II in the European Theatre. He obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant earning the Air Medal with one Silver and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 26, 1945, at Fort Leavenworth and returned to Baldwin to continue his education at Baker University.

He married Donna Gene Eaton August 17, 1946, at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church. She survives of the home.

He began teaching and coaching in 1949 at Hanover High School and taught at Minneapolis High School and St. John's High School before moving to Baldwin in 1959. He coached, taught, counseled and was the principal of Baldwin High School for four years. In 1963, he was employed at Baker University as Dean of Men and Registrar, Instructor of Physical Education and Assistant Professor of Physical Education. In 1975 he was named Dean of Students where he served until his retirement on June 30, 1986.

He was a member of the Baldwin First United Methodist Church; Lloyd Beaton American Legion Post 228; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2993, 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.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Rick L. Webb, Olathe; one daughter, Marcia Rae O'Neil, Wellsville; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

His parents, one sister, Katherine Hawthorne, and one brother, John R. Webb, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Fred L. Webb Scholarship Fund at Baker University and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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