OBITUARY

Joseph J. Webber

June 9, 1925July 31, 2018
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Joseph J. Webber, age 93, of Hawthorne, California passed away on Tuesday July 31, 2018. Joseph was born June 9, 1925.

A rosary service for Joseph will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Halverson, Stone & Myers Mortuary, 1223 Cravens Ave, Torrance, CA 90501. A burial will occur Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W SLAUSON AVE, CULVER CITY, California 90230-6505. A funeral service will occur Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Catherine Laboure Church, 3846 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504. A graveside service will occur Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W Slauson Ave, Culver City, CA 90230.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.halversonstonemyers.com for the Webber family.

Services

  • Rosary Service Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Grandpa Knowles, Kathryn Webber's father, Johnson City Farm

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Joe Webber's house when a child, Morton Grove.

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Grandma Knowles, on left

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Grandma Knowles

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Joe's father and mother married.

Biography

Joseph J. Webber died, 8:00 AM July 31, 2018 at Little Company of Mary Hospital. He was married for 65 years to his high school sweetheart and soulmate Muriel Beuder who predeceased him July 30, 2011. They were Niles Township High School Grads in 1943, and were Roman Catholic married at St. Peter's in Skokie, IL. Joe left behind three sons Ted, Tim and Terry; seven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

Since he was ten years old he worked while going to school. He worked in upholstery, in a butcher shop, and at the drive-in theater. He repaired bicycles and rebuilt cars. He played high school basketball and was a member of the aquatic team.

He was a WWII veteran with the USA Air Force. After the war, he looked to California to go to Loyola University on the GI Bill. In 1949, with his young family, a wife and first son, he drove out West following the original Route 66.

Joe graduated in 1952 a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and went on to be memorialized on the Loyola Wall of Fame.

He took a position in mechanical & electrical engineering with Western Gear Corporation. For his "sincere interest ... in Americas airline industry" he was elected to membership in the TWA International Ambassadors Club, in 1965. He was President WG Corp Management 1968 -1969 and was recognized by the National Management Association for Outstanding Service. He also received an Award for Thirty Years Loyal Service from WesTech Gear in 1985. He retired as V.P. Engineering with WG, Sky Climber Division.

In 1952, Joe & Muriel bought their first house together where they lived ever since. On the home front they were active in community development. In 1968, he received an Award from the City of Hawthorne for ten years of Service as Parks & Recreation Commissioner.

With the parents of the 800 home Bodger Park, a Baseball Association was started to form leagues for all ages to play baseball during the summer months until school started. Rules were created to involve everyone. All members of competing teams were required to bat and play at least two innings and as a result hundreds were able to play baseball.

Joe had a way about him. People seemed to bring their dogs to him and of course they all did not go without Muriel's attention. Camping, fishing and water-skiing were opportunities to share with family and friends. Joe & Muriel were thoughtful guests and hosts. They were excellent ballroom dancers throughout their young adult married years. On occasion they would join others in dancing out or at home. It was a joy to watch them flirt and express their love on the dance floor as they did in life.

Joe Webber loved and was loved. He exemplified study, hard work, perseverance, patience and fortitude. He received and participated in all the necessary final sacraments of the Holy Roman Catholic Faith. May he Rest in Peace with the Creator.