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Michael Carl Webster age 65 of Kahoka, formerly of Wyaconda, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2020, at the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka after a short battle with cancer.
He was born January 8, 1955 in Kirksville, MO, the son of Eugene “Gene” and Dorothy Morrow Webster. Mike was the fourth of six children. He graduated from Wyaconda High School in 1973.
Mike married Cathy Grace Herring on April 8, 1977 in her parents’ home. To this union, two children were born: Christina and Jeremy.
Mike was of the Baptist faith, rededicating himself to Christ and being baptized. He was a Deacon in his church and helped Cathy with Girls Bible Camp at Camp Leeper for several years.
Mike was Mr. FIX-IT for several neighbors – repairing lawn mowers and building things too. He loved welding parts for neighbors and “inventing” new things to make life easier.
Michael enjoyed mushroom hunting and coyote hunting with his buddies and loved fishing and camping with family and friends.
Mike farmed with his dad and brothers most of his life – raising hogs and cattle and grain farming until his health failed and he and Cathy sold the farm to his brother Gary. Michael worked at Freuhauf manufacturing in Fort Madison for a short period of time.
He and Cathy built and ran the Country Pizza Wagon for several years, alongside his mother, Dorothy, and his children. He enjoyed visiting with the customers.
Mike loved to work in his garden, but more than anything he loved being with family watching his children grow and becoming a grandpa to his pride and joy, Lily and Emma. He very seldom missed a weekend fish fry at his sister’s home, and listening to his brother-in-law, Gene Paul, play country music. He loved telling stories of his childhood, just like his dad. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, from auctions to waiting rooms while waiting at Drs. appointment. He loved visiting and never knew a stranger.
Michael is survived by his wife of 43 years, Cathy; his daughter Christina (John) Myers of Memphis; one son, Jeremy (Stephanie) Webster and their daughters, Lillian Grace and Emma Kay, all of Columbia; two sisters: Penny Paul of Wyaconda and Teresa (Kevin) Skinner of Memphis; two brothers: Gary (Nancy) Webster and Steve Webster all of Wyaconda; two brothers-in-law: Mark Seyb of Arbela and Bill (Deb) Herring of North Dakota; sisters-in-law: Pat (Gary) Arnold of Arbela, Vickie (Chuck) Lubbert of Mendon, IL and Hazel (Leon) Buford of Memphis. He is also survived by an aunt, Patsy (J.D.) Baker of Texas and an uncle, Fred Webster of Kahoka, along with several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews and many many cousins and close friends, including Bernie and Mary Lou McCance and Danny Smith all of the Quad Cities and Richard (Sandra) Ross of Iowa; and, two special childhood friends, Gene (Bonnie) Willdrick and Bob (Phyllis) Willdrick, all of Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Elbert and Betty Herring; a sister, Dianne Seyb; a brother-in-law, Gene Paul; a niece, Allison Seyb; a nephew, Keith Arnold; and a stepdaughter, Lou Ann.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. Leon Buford officiating. Special music was “Amazing Grace” and “The Other Side”.
Honorary Pallbearers were Jamie Paul, Stephen Webster, Jason Seyb, Bernice McCance, Larry Bourgeois, Albert St. Clair, Gene Willdrick, Bob Willdrick, Richard Ross and Danny Smith.
Pallbearers were Darin Paul, Toren Skinner, Patrick Webster, Marty Seyb, Logan Webster, and Ryan Waddill.
Burial was in the New Woodville Cemetery south of Wyaconda.
Memorials can be made to the family for Lily’s and Emma’s education, or to the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were handled by Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralservice.com.