Mr. Webster was a 1951 graduate of Edgerton High School and began his college career at Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana, until joining the Unites States Army and serving with the 578th Engineer Combat Battalion during the Korean Conflict. After his military service he returned to Tri-State and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1957.
While in college he worked as a draftsman for The Aro Corporation in Bryan, Ohio, and Robinair in Montpelier, Ohio. Upon graduating he was hired in 1957 as a draftsman with the Ohio Gas Company and eventually became Vice-president and Chief Engineer until his retirement in 1994.
While working in the gas industry he served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Gas Company and was Vice-president of Lyons Gas and Ohio Northwest Development, Inc. In 1976 he began serving on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Gas Association and served as President of the Association in 1980. His memberships included the American Society of Gas Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Gas Technology. In 1996 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ohio Gas Company. John was active in the community with Junior Achievement, as a Boy Scout leader, with the Edgerton Historical Society and as a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Edgerton, where he had served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was an avid woodworker and built several clocks that he donated to the church for the annual raffle.
John C. Webster was born on February 4, 1933, in Edgerton, the son of Gerry L. and Lucille M. (Mavis) Webster. He married M. Edythe Teegardin on June 23, 1956, in Edgerton, and she survives.
Also surviving are his children, Helen Phillips, of Pioneer, Ohio, John (Kaye) Webster, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, and Tom (Patti) Webster, of Angola, Indiana; five grandchildren, Danielle, Heather and Amanda Phillips, and Tom (Sarah) and Andrea (Jesse Robinson) Webster; and one sister, Elaine Webster, of Sylvania, Ohio. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Homer and Phillip Webster.