Roy F. Webster, of Omak, Wash., passed away Oct. 23, 2018 at the Park Place retirement home. Roy was born to Gertrude (Monroe) Webster and Roy E. Webster Oct. 17, 1923 in Everett, Wash. Granny and Gramps moved to Omak in 1924 where Grandpa helped to set up the box factory for Biles and Coleman. There they raised five children. Dad went to the old Central School for his elementary education and went to high school at Omak High. There he participated in football, basketball and track while avoiding academics as much as possible, according to him. He enrolled at WSU after high school graduation, about the time the war broke out. He joined the U.S. Marines and was stationed at Camp Pendleton for basic training. There he met our mom, Florence Agnus Confer (Connie), who was also a Marine. The romance was short lived as he was shipped to The Parker Ranch in Hawaii for continued training before being deployed to Iwo Jima with the fifth Marine division. Dad saw absolutely no glory in war, when talking about the occupation of Japan after VJ day he would tear up when describing the orphaned children. He was intensely proud to be a Marine and his attachment to his old comrades, both alive and dead grew stronger as he got older. Other memories may have faded but the memories of those brave young friends were gin clear.
After his discharge, he returned to Omak then promptly wrote to Connie, who was living in Pennsylvania, her home state. He told her that he wanted to marry her, to jump a train and head west, and she did. He took advantage of the G.I. bill and enrolled at Eastern Washington State College. There he earned his degree in education and even came to Omak to student teach. Evidently, he was the first student teacher sent to Omak High School. He said, “I wasn't cut out for it.” There were lots of funny stories of that student teaching experience. We kids couldn’t imagine Dad teaching sex education to high school kids. Yea right Dad! I’m sure you can’t either. He applied to the University of Washington Dental School in 1948 and enrolled in 1949 while towing their first son along the way. While in school their second son, Cliff, was born. Dad graduated from the U in 1953 and moved back to Omak to set up a dental practice in the basement of the old clinic that Dr. McCain and his brother Dr. Bruce Webster owned. He also established a clinic in Republic with Dr. Dale Thornton where he and his trusty sidekick Carolyn Cleghorn would spend two days a month doing dentistry. In the interim Connie and Roy had three more children, Madonna, Bridget and Angela. He built his own clinic in 1963, he and Dr. Fred Baines practiced together until Fred’s retirement. Dr. Dave Seeger then moved into Fred’s end of the building and practiced there until 1977. His oldest son Craig began practicing with him in 1975, and his oldest daughter Madonna was the hygienist for Craig and Roy from 1976 to this day.
Connie passed away in 1975 and Roy married Lou Gordon in 1976. Roy retired in 1995 and enjoyed doing rock work, wood working and helping out his children. Health problems began to haunt him in the early 2000’s, after Lou's passing in 2005 he lived with Madonna and her husband Denny Neely for next thirteen years. (They’re up for saint hood in the family’s eyes).
Roy enjoyed his grandchildren both on the Webster side and Gordon side, he was always concerned for them. He was a practical man and not prone to emotion, he was our family’s ROCK. His children felt that he nurtured, in some silent way, dental oriented and teacher oriented careers. Everyone had something in common when it came to arguments, new found techniques, the latest in education theories and altruism. You know, in college you come home after taking one course in sociology and you know all the answers, a PhD is not far away. Dad would spend hours visiting with us and we would come away with more questions than answers. Good Stuff!
Roy was very active in Rotary, he loved golf, archeology, not so good whiskey (not a sin), and he was a member of the Catholic Church. He also loved animals, Shorty the cat gave him great comfort. He really enjoyed hanging wits his local World War II buddies, watching him interact with them always showed a different side of him, funny and poignant all at the same time.
We will miss him greatly!
He is survived by his children, Craig (Lynn) Webster, Cliff (Kelly) Webster, Madonna (Denny) Neely, Bridget (Ken) Loetscher, Angela (Andy) Pearsall; and Lou's children, Mike (Sharon) Gordon, Doug (Tami) Gordon and Jane (Larry) Freilich. He is also survived by longtime friend, Carolyn Cleghorn, a true member of our family.
Surviving grandchildren are Jill (Dave) O’Reilly, Kimberly Webster, Adrianne (Matt) Wood, Tyler (Christina) Neely, Kate (Jason) Marvin, Elaina, Annie, and Shirley Loetscher, Kenna (Jordan) Cox, Karlee Pearsall, Crissie (Jason) Woods, Brice Gordon, Craig Gordon, Tara Gordon, and Amanda Freilich; great- grandchildren, Aya O'Reilly, Bentley Webster, Emery Webster, Layne Webster, Maren Webster, Evan Marvin, Ellie Loetscher, Blake Cox, Owen Cox, Hadley Cox, Hunter Woods, and Reese Woods.
Our thanks to the wonderful people at Park Place for the care and compassion they showed our Dad.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Rotary Scholarship Fund. (Doug Sklar, 52 Breshears Rd., Omak, WA 98841)
Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at Precht-HarrisonNearents Funeral Chapel and services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Precht-Harrison-Nearents Funeral Chapel. A reception at the Flour Mill will follow the graveside ceremony at the Omak Cemetery.