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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 24, 1988

OBITUARY - HAROLD RICHARD WEBB

Harold Richard WEBB, son of Henry and Ada WEBB, was born July 4, 1918, in Poe Township, Ringgold County, Iowa, and departed this life November 15, 1988, in the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the aged of 70 years, three months and 15 days.

He spent the early years of his life in Missouri and moved with his parents to a farm south of Mount Ayr. He graduated from the Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1936.

Early in his career, he was co-owner of BARKER and WEBB Furniture, which he operated for 10 years at the south-west corner of the square. For over 25 years he was associated with Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company as an adjuster, agent and field supervivor, a relationship through which he developed many lasting friendships. Over the years, he was active in real estate and farm management as well. He was a past member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and a 40-year member of the Mount Ayr Lions Club. He was a loyal member of the United Methodsit Church since childhood and served his church in several capacities over the years.

Like so many other children of that era, Harold was profoundly influenced by the Great Depression. Throughout his life, he strived to succeed, not for success itself, but for the security it brought him, his family and his friends.

And succeed he did. Not just in economic terms, though no one would dispute Harold's deft touch, when it came to finances. Rather, his successes will be remembered in more meaningful ways.

He was generous, though reluctant to admit it. Generosity is a true measure of success.

He was loving, not just to his family and friends, but even to the most humble of God's creatures. Love is a true measure of success.

Harold believed the land we all hold title to is not truly ours but believed that we are stewards of the legacy of future generations. His love of the land and the conservation of it earned him an award for outstanding accomplishment in resource conservation, an achievement in which he took great pride. Stewardship is a true measure of succes (sic).

Harold had a unique way of experssing himself that amused his friends and family. He could say things that would bring a smile to virtually everyone he met.

We can only say, "We'll miss you, Harold. You were loved."

Preceding him in death were his parents. Those who remain to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 42 years, the former Opal HILLEBRAN; his daughter, Diana CLEM and husband, Joe, of Delavan, Illinois; his sons, Phillip WEBB and wife, Rebecca, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Gary D'SPAIN and wife, Donna, of Scottsdale, Arizona; six grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted November 18, 1988, from the United Methodist Church at Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Samuel FRY. Music was provided by Mrs. Robert THOMAS and Arlen HUGHES.

Casketbearers were W. H. BARNES, Earl SICKELS, Harold COOPER, Marvin THUMAN, Robert ERICKSON and Charles McGAHUEY. Honorary pallbearers were Ed SELSOR, Brad BENSON, Ray POTTORFF, William LARSEN, Charles HARVEY and Lloyd GLENDENNING. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

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