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Memorial for John D. Webster

Born in Harriman, Tennessee on Jan. 9, 1950
Departed on May 27, 2011 and resided in Middletown, OH.
Visitation: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Service: Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011
10:00 am
Cemetery: Mound Cemetery
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John D. Webster, 61, of Middletown, died unexpectedly on Friday, May 27, 2011. He was born January 9, 1950, in Harriman, Tennessee, to John and Martha (Smith) Webster. John grew up in Hamilton, Ohio and graduated from Garfield Senior High School in 1967. He attended Miami University in Hamilton, where he and his future wife, Jan started singing together – one of their greatest joys for the next 40 years. John taught himself to play the guitar when he was 15 years old. He loved and respected music and always felt privileged when asked to sing for someone's wedding, funeral, or backyard party. John started working at the former Webb Funeral Home at age 16 and spent the rest of his life in the funeral business. He graduated with honors from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1973. In 1977 he brought his family to Middletown where he and his wife raised their three children. For nearly 34 years he has tirelessly worked at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home where he has helped countless families through their most difficult times. Though his career was at the center of who he was, he still had so much more to give. John recently received the Legion of Honor Award from Middletown Kiwanis Club for 30 years of membership. He was very proud of being part of Kiwanis where he made many dear friends. At the age of 9 he played his first season of Little League baseball and never lost his passion for the game. He played for years on the Middletown Police Department's softball team and cherished the memories from each tournament trip, and every friendship made. In 1976 he graduated from the Columbus Police Academy at the top of his class. Once in Middletown he became a volunteer officer with the Police Reserve Unit. He finished 30 years of service in 2007 as the Unit's Commander. His volunteer hours would have exceeded 10 years of full time work. When he left the department, he was given the rank of Major. Every Friday night was Working the Street night. He was energized and fulfilled by his police work. The closest friends that John leaves behind are the men that he served with. Although he lived in Ohio for nearly all his life, Tennessee was home to John. He was always ready to go back to the mountains of Gatlinburg. Once John discovered the joy of cruises, it became a new passion and a yearly excursion to look forward to. He detested whining and admired humility. He believed in hard work and keeping your word. He was a voracious reader and read everything from James Ellroy to Shakespeare and the Bible. He was a giver: of his time, his resources and his spirit. He loved history and found his way to a beach as often as possible by way of as many Civil War battlefields as he could find. He loved old cemeteries, lighthouses, dogs and horses. Of every accomplishment John achieved, nothing meant more to him than his wife, his three children and their spouses, and his six grandchildren. There will forever remain an irreplaceable presence for each of them. He first became "Popaw" in 2003. He had no greater love in his life than for his Little Friend and all his Sweeties. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janice L. (Clark) Webster, his son, John Robert (Stacey) Webster, his daughters Amanda (Mike) Phipps, Julie (Jon) Krueckeberg, his grandson, Wyatt Webster Phipps, four granddaughters, Meryl Phipps, Maeve Phipps, Grace Krueckeberg, and Meyer Webster, his father, John K. Webster, a brother, Robert D. Webster, two sisters Gale Browning and Susan Hendrickson, his mother-in-law, Margie Clark, many nieces and nephews, countless friends, and the special family he formed with those he worked closest with at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home. He was greatly anticipating the birth of his newest granddaughter, who will be born this summer. He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Webster, and his father-in-law, Robert Clark. John's family would like to thank the staff and doctors of Atrium Medical Center, particularly the nurses, who cared for him so lovingly during the last two years. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at Breitenbach-McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday in Holy Trinity Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Mound Cemetery, Monroe. Memorial contributions may be made to Cincinnati Children's Hospital or to the American Cancer Society. This will be his final funeral.


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