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Bob Webster

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Bob Webster, age 74 of Lawler, Iowa died Saturday December 19, 2009, peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday December 22, 2009, at Saude Lutheran Church, rural Lawler with Pastor Daniel Larson officiating. Organist for the service will be Maria Smith. Interment will be in Saude Lutheran Church Cemetery with Aaron Anderson, Adam Anderson, Tyler Underwood, Nathan Underwood, Michael Holdren, Michael Eischen, Nolan Webster and Tim Knutson as casketbearers. Military Honors will be conducted by the Lawler, American Legion Harold Redman Post #279. Friends may call 4 - 8 p.m. Monday December 21, 2009 at the Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in New Hampton. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Bob was born December 3, 1935, in Cresco, Iowa the son of Donald K. and Grace H. (Lindsay) Webster. He received his education in Cresco and was a 1954 graduate of Cresco High School. On September 29, 1954, Bob enlisted in the United States Army, serving with the 5th Infantry in Germany. He was honorably discharged as SP3 on September 28, 1956, in Portland, Oregon. On July 5, 1958, at the Saude Lutheran Church in rural Lawler, Bob was united in marriage to Anna Steensland. Bob did both crop and livestock farming for over 50 years. He also worked 25 years for the Oliver and White Tractor Company in Charles City and 10 years for Tri-Mark in New Hampton. Bob loved farming, especially livestock production. He and his wife Ann enjoyed more than fifty years on the family farm near Saude. He spent many happy hours working with his children and grandchildren in his farm shop, woodworking and restoring tractors. He rarely missed a local auction, collected Oliver memorabilia, raised collie dogs and grew the best sweet corn in the county. He was a member of Saude Lutheran Church, holding many offices and the Harold Redman American Legion Post #279 of Lawler. Bob was a kind and generous man with a great sense of humor. Most of all he loved and adored his wife and was very proud of his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 51 years, Ann; three sons, James (Joy) Webster of Cedar Falls, Michael (Denise) Webster of New Hampton and Brian Webster of Ames; two daughters, Susan (Gene) Anderson of Lawler and Debra (Ron) Underwood of New Hampton; eight grandchildren, Aaron (Kristin) Anderson, Adam Anderson and fianc Jill Kirby, Rachel (Michael) Holdren, Nathan (Tara) Underwood, Tyler Underwood, Laura Underwood, Raelyn Webster and Nolan Webster; two great-grandchildren, Trice Anderson and Aiden Underwood; one brother, Donald (Kathryn) Webster of Ames; two sisters-in-law, Sara (Larry) Knutson of Cedar Rapids and June Webster Stephen of Charles City. He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sister, Betty Gooder; two brothers, Charles H. Webster and William Webster; nephew, Lee Knutson.

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  1. So sorry to hear about Bob. Remember the good times we had. Will stop and see you later when weather is nicer. Always in my thoughts and prayers Ardes King

  2. We would like to express our sympathy for your loss . We alll feel your loss. Bob and you have been like second family to us. We share in your sorrow and Bob will be missed by all. Love . The King Girls

  3. Ann, and family, We were so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. He was a wonderful friend to all of us. He had such a good outlook on life and it made each conversation we had a fun one. I could tell some fun stories that occured in our Veteran’s classes, but we’ll keep them as fond memories and share them one day when we talk. God bless you all.

  4. As Bob’s cousin for the last 72 years, I am at a loss to find the words to express my deep sorrow at the passing of this truly great friend and family member. He treated me like a brother every time we were together. I took great pride in watching Bob march with his American Legion brothers in downtown Lawler. In fact, I took great pride in watching Bob perform outstandingly in every task he tackled regardless of complexity. No matter what he decided to do–he always had fun doing it. He awoke every day determined to help others, praise God and love everyone he met. Bob knew his life was deeply enriched by Anna, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His legacy is the love of family and friends that will be continued by the entire family throughout their lives. Bob’s generous and kind spirit will live on in all our hearts.

  5. Sending my sympathy to Bob’s family,,,I left Iowa many years ago, but as a child our farm was a few miles east and north of the Webster farm..and we usually had to drive by to get into town.. and there was often someone to wave at in the yard..one of his parents, or someone doing chores. What a really good family, and I’m sure Bob and Anna had lots of good memories with their family. Beamer(Don)take care..not easy to lose a brother..I know you know. Bob will be missed by many. Take care.

  6. Jim & Joy, our condolences go out to you and your family as you suffer the loss of your father at this Holiday Season. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the coming days. Jim, even though we have never met your father, the friendship that we have developed over the years with you and Joy is very special to us. We understand how deeply the meaning of family is and hope that the love that surrounds you will become a source of comfort at this difficult time. We feel very fortunate to call you our friends. May God shine His everlasting peace upon your family and may love abound. With sincere sympathy.

  7. Jim and Joy, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Pleae know that we keep you in our prayers and trust God to wrap his loving arms around each of you and your family during this most difficult time. Blessings to you. Gene & Virginia Robinson

  8. Ann, Susan, and the whole family, I am sorry to hear about Bob. I will miss his kindness and sweetness. He was really an all around good guy. He really did have the best sweet corn around and I looked forward to it every fall. He was a wonderful guy and he is missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  9. Hi Ann & the Entire Family, I was hoping for the Mayo Miracle. So glad I got to spend time with you and Bob last year .. We got to reminisce and giggle about all the funny times we had growing up together – the Robinson’s and Webster’s! This is very hard for me but know you and the family are suffering a greater loss. Please let me know when you or any of the family want to visit San Francisco – my house is your house!!! Much Love, Carol Ann

  10. I am sorry to hear of Bob’s death. He fought the good fight. I know how hard it is to cope with a death especially at holiday time since my father died on Dec 22 but God is our strength. Just know that you, Ann and your family, are in our prayers. God bless and comfort you. Kay Robinson ( Cal and Beryle’s daughter) and Jim Bernard

  11. I was so sorry to hear about Bob’s death. Having gone through that recently with my father that was so so dear to me I understand what a hard time this is. A strong family and faith will get you through this hard time. I’m praying for you!

  12. To the family of Bob – Was so sorry to hear of your loss. What a kind nice gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Ann and family. There is nothing I can say that will take the hurt away, but Bob will live on forever in his family. Every family member can be so proud of their dad. He showed his family how to be kind, loving and giving, and they all learned well. This is how dad will live on. Thoughts, prayers and love coming your way.

  14. Ann and family, We are very sorry to hear of Bob’s death via telephone and unable to share some time with all of you, as we are in AZ for a couple of weeks. You all have our sincerest sympathy and we will visit with you upon our return to Iowa. Bob was a wonderful individual and will be missed by many.

  15. Ann, I was shocked to hear Bob passed away. I am so sorry for your loss. I was the PTA in New Hampton and now in Cresco. I hope Bob was not sick or suffering long. I did not know he was sick. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember how kind you and Bob were to me when my mother passed away three years ago this Jan. You broght me a beautiful rose. Thank you for that and may God ease your sorrow now. Love Denise Ryant

  16. Our thoughs and prayers go out to your entire family. May all your happy memories help carry you through this difficult time.

  17. Dear Ann and family, Allen and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We wish we could be home to share this time with you, but are still in Arizona. We do plan to fly into Rochester for Christmas with Alyssa. Hopefully we can spend some time with you next week. Across the miles, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Allen & LuAnn Borlaug

  18. Ann and family, I am so sorry to hear about Bob. What a nice man he was and I know he will be greatly missed by all. I know Ken and I will never forget your generosity when we went in the ditch near your place around 34 years ago and had a great dinner on Christmas day with you and your family. Please know we are thinking of you and yours at this time. In Friendship, Ken and Nita Hackman

  19. What sad news to hear today. One of the nicest, dearest people one could ever know has left our midst. We are sending our deepest condolences to Ann and the entire Webster family. Many wonderful things have come of having Jim for a brother-in-law, but principal among them is that Bob and Ann have always made us feel a part of their wonderful family. For this and for having had the opportunity to spend time with both Bob and Ann over the years, we are grateful. ‘If only’ we could each spend our lives surrounded by such a loving and supportive family as Bob surely did.

  20. Jim, sorry to hear about your dad. I know he will be missed, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. Anne You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Karen (Sabelka) Evens

  22. The sincerest of condolences from us to you. Bob will be missed greatly. I will always have the best of memories spending time on the farm. Just remember that he will receive the greatest Christmas gift of all, celebrating Christ’s birthday with the Lord himself. God bless his family, and may he rest in peace. Sincerely, The McQuistion Family Daniel, Delana, Joseph, Logan, and Natalie

  23. Dear Ann and family, I just wanted to drop a note to tell you how sad I am at Bob’s passing, and to let you know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I will not forget Bob, as his is such a kind and gentle soul. Not to mention that he was a Webster, which makes all the difference in the world!! Much love and peace to you all, Karen Nielsen. (Social Worker with WMC Hospice)

  24. Ann and family, I read on the computer this morning that Bob passed away. So sorry to read that. You and your family except our deepest sympathy. We are keeping you in our prayers and thoughts at this difficult time of the year.

  25. Ann and family, You have our deepest condolences for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Bob was always such a cheerful man with a great sense of humor. May God bless you with comfort in the knowledge that Bob is no longer suffering and will enjoy Christmas through eternity with our Lord and Savior.

  26. I want to add also that Bob did smile all the time. Such a happy man. It was always nice when he would see ‘Miya’ the collie we got from them when she was a baby. Such a beautiful dog and he and Ann were always so proud and happy when they seen her. Great guy and great family.

  27. So sorry to hear about Bob. I wish I was there to come to the wake/funeral but l am in Kentucky now. You all will be in my heart and prayers. Karen

  28. We will miss that great big smile wherever we saw Bobby. He was always so upbeat and full of life, it is hard to imagine him gone. Ann, there is no doubt he adored you to his last breath, he told the cutest storys about his little surprises for you. Beamer, we know how it feels to loose one’s siblings it is just a big ACHE!! You all have our deepest sympathy.

  29. Ann and family…..Just this morning when I walked into the coffeeroom, I saw the pig cutting board that Bob had made for us at the FSA office. And then I heard the news….I am so sorry for your loss, he was truly the NICEST, happiest person I know and the salt of the earth….we all lost a good one way too early. His family will carry his legacy on. Our deepest sympathy. Tom & Connie

  30. Ann and Family, so sorry to here about Bob’s passing. His smile and kind words will be misses by many! Our memories of Bob, will last a lifetime! Sincerely, Leo and Bev

  31. Ann and family, Bob has always had a special place in my heart since his TriMark days. He was a joy to work with and always had a smile and something nice to say!! We cannot feel life’s losses without first feeling the blessings of its fullness!! You have my deepest sympathy!

  32. Ann and family. We’re so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  33. Ann and all your family – Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Bob was such a wonderful happy person. He always had a smile on his face and was always very proud of the accomplishments of all his family. Know that he is in a better place and that your pain will heal with time. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  34. May your great memories of such a wonderful man carry you through the tough days ahead. Knowing he is spending Christmas with Jesus, and smiling down on you will bring comfort. Tom and Dorann Burgart

  35. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Bob’s family. He was a very nice man. You are all in are thoughts and prayers. He will be missed very much.

  36. Gene and Suzie, Even though we did not know your father, we know how hard it is to lose a parent. You have our Sympathy. Bob and Joyce(Alden’s next neighbor doors)

  37. My most sincere sympathy in the loss of your husband and father and grandfather, Bob. May your memories bring you peace and healing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  38. We send our sincere sympathy to the entire Webster family. Bob always had a smile and a kind word wherever we would meet him. We pray for God’s peace to be with you all during this difficult time. Bob and Carol

  39. Dear Ann and your familly! We are so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. What a kind wonderful gentleman he was. Jim and I really admired him the first time we met him-when we sold him little piggies. You guys take care and we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers

  40. We feel your pain. The thought that my mom is no longer suffering and is now enjoying her eternal reward is what has carried me through the past month. I hope that knowing the same about Bob will help get you through the days ahead. We have many great memories of spending time with Bob and you family.


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