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Robert O. WebsterOctober 16, 1920 ~ September 28, 2017 (age 96)
Robert O. Webster, 96, of Petoskey, died September 28, 2017 while at home with his family by his side.
Robert was born October 16, 1920 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, the son of William and Anna (Rapson) Webster.
He grew up in the Detroit area and attended school at Lincoln High School where he graduated in 1938. Robert later attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in 1949. On November 17, 1945, he married Mary Jane Gougler in Reading, Pennsylvania; she preceded him in death on October 13, 1969.
Robert proudly served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.
He was employed at the Oldsmobile Division of GM in Lansing as a Senior Business Management Analyst until his retirement in August 1980. After his retirement he moved to St. Helen where he lived for 10 years, and eventually moved to Petoskey in 1992. Robert was a lifelong member of the Lansing Lodge 33 F&AM, Scottish Rite, York Rite, and the Shrine. He was a current member of the First Christian Church and was a faithful Christian servant in all of his lifelong church affiliations. He served in many capacities in his church service including many years as Treasurer. Robert was an essential part of the volunteer team at Northern Michigan Hospital in various roles. These included serving as a guide, Treasurer of the Hospital Auxiliary, and assisting patients and families while receiving care at the Hospitality House. For his contributions, he was awarded Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Furthermore, he also served on the Greenwood Cemetery Board as a representative of Bear Creek Township.
Robert is survived by his children, Judith Fouch of Petoskey and Robert Webster of Traverse City, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane; his brother Donald and sister, Betty June Zink.
He loved his family and friends dearly, as well as his work and years of service. But what he was most known for - besides his dashing appearance - was his humbleness, compassion, and willingness to help others.
There will be a visitation Tuesday, October 3, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey. The funeral service will be on Wednesday, October 4, at 11:00 a.m. with a one-hour visitation prior to the service. Rev. David Behling will officiate the service.
Family and friends who would like to make a charitable donation in memory of Robert, in lieu of flowers, are asked to consider the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, given his love for animals.
Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
1300 West Conway Rd., Harbor Springs MI 49740