Robert Glenn “Bob” Webster, 94, longtime Seminole resident and businessman, died Friday, March 11, 2016, at Alliance Heath in Midwest City. Bob was born on Jan. 6, 1922, in Shawnee, and was the oldest son of Robert H. and Ninnon L. Webster. He grew up in Shawnee and graduated from Shawnee High School.
Upon graduating from high school, Bob joined the U.S. Army Air Corp, serving in active duty from 1941 to 1945. He was trained in mechanics and gunnery schools. When World War II was declared he was transferred from New Orleans, to California to a Reconnaissance Squadron. He flew long range patrols between the West Coast and Hawaii. He was then transferred to Florida, where he was trained on different aircrafts and joined a Bomber Group. After his training and being transferred back to the west coast, Bob was sent to Guadalcanal where he flew in three campaigns and 65 combat missions. Bob returned to the states on June 1, 1944, and served as a flight engineer instructor until his discharge. He then entered East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, majoring in business and playing football. It was at this time he met and married his wife of 45 years, Mary Jo. They were married on Dec. 18, 1945, in Dequeen, Arkansas, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 1990.
While in the service, Bob’s parents moved from Shawnee to Seminole opening an appliance store known as “Webster Electric” on Main Street of Seminole, just south of the old Park’s Drug Store. In 1966 Bob bought his father out, purchased a building across the street and remained in business until his retirement in 1996. The Webster business represented Frigidaire products for 70 years. When the building burned in late 2012, although retired, Bob rebuilt on Main Street to help maintain an open, active business which is now occupied by Sherwin Williams Paints.
Bob was a baptized Methodist for 81 years and a 32 degree Mason for 60 years. He was a past member of the Seminole Lion’s Club for approximately 30 years, a Life Time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the American Legion for 67 years. He was proud of his service to his country and a true American and friend to many in the Seminole and Shawnee area. He will be truly missed by all he knew and loved him.
At the age of 93 he was still serving his community. He volunteered at the Inner Faith Community Center and was an active member of the First United Methodist Men’s Club for 65 years. Bob served on the church board and was Sunday School Superintendent. Bob loved golf and throughout his life, he had made several “Hole in One Shots.” Bob was inducted to the Seminole Hall of Fame for a lifetime of service to the City of Seminole, on Nov. 19, 2016.
Bob is survived by his son Dan Webster and his wife Marja of Los Angeles, California, his daughter Marcy Taber of Oklahoma City, grandsons Patrick Westerhoff of Kansas City, Taige Webster of Los Angeles, California, and grandson Bryan who lives in England, and two great-grandchildren Kahlaia and Koben Webster of Los Angeles, California.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m.., Thursday, March 17, at the First United Methodist Church on Wrangler Blvd., with burial following at Maple Grove Cemetery in Seminole. The Rev. Gary O. Wilburn will officiate at the service.
Viewing for Mr. Webster will begin Monday afternoon, however at the Funeral on Thursday the casket will be closed and not opened afterwards.
Friends are encouraged to contribute to the charity of their choice in lieu of flowers.
Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.