Richard J. "R.J." Webb, 85, of Central Lake, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at home. He was born Dec. 2, 1921, in Maplevale, Ark. the son of Albert and Linde (Shellnut) Webb. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Philippines and New Guinea receiving a Bronze Star, and was a member of the Torch Post VFW No. 6985. He owned and operated the D and W Automotive Springs Company in Warren and retired in 1984. In Royal Oak, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 464. He moved to Central Lake in 1987, and pursued his love of woodworking in his garage, gifting his many projects to family and friends. On Jan. 28, 1947, in Napoleon, Ohio, he married Jane Churchill, who survives. Also surviving are five children, Lucy Kapur of West Bloomfield, Richard (Dianna) Webb of Casper, Wyo., Bert (Cheri) Webb of Mattawan, Dr. William (Jeanni) Webb of Mason, Larry (Vicky) Webb of Noblesville, Ind; two sisters, Annie (James) Stanley of Royal Oak, Johnnie Lunsford of Annie (James) Stanley of Royal Valley, Okla., 11 grandchildren, Wendee (Syd) Webb, Tracey (Michael) Belser, Richard III (Jana) Webb, Kerri (Jeremy Lehman, Billy Webb, Neena (Casey) Crimmins, Art and Daniel Webb, Meghan, Melissa and Emily Webb, eleven great grandchildren Kevin and Dakota Webb, Alex and Annika Belser, Payson and Gracen Webb, Maddilynn Lehman, Bella Webb, Brady, Riley and Dylan Crimmins, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by two brothers, Roy and Bazil and two sisters, Lexie Bratton and Melcena Putnam. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at the Central Lake Bible Baptist Church, with Pastor Russell Tharp officiating. Interment followed at Dunsmore Cemetery, Echo Township. The family was served by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Sept. 23, 2007.
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