The Obit For Jerry Webster

Jerry Lee Webster

Published in The Wichita Eagle on January 25, 2013


Independence - Webster, Jerry Lee, 74, died Jan. 23, 2013, at his home in Independence.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, Independence.

He was born on March 24, 1938 on a farm outside of Mulvane, Kan. His parents were Harold and Gladys Webster. He graduated from Mulvane High School in 1956. He played on many Wichita baseball teams including the Joyland Giants, Boeing BoJets, Boeing Bombers.

Upon high school graduation he attended Oklahoma State University and played baseball and basketball 1956-1958.

He played professional baseball in the L.A. Dodgers Organization. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Education from Emporia State University in 1962. He started his teaching and coaching profession in Conway Springs, Kan.

He played second base for the NBC Tournament Teams at Lawrence Stadium, Wichita, for Rapid Transit Dreamliners and Service Auto Glass when they won National titles in 1962, 1963, and 1964.

He coached and taught at Mulvane High School and was selected Wichita Area Coach of the Year in 1965. His basketball team at Mulvane competed against his brother, Marvin's team from Larned, Kan., in the State Tourney that year.

Jerry was high school principal at Mulvane High, Peabody, Kan. High School and Neodesha, Kan. High School.

Jerry finished out his teaching career as superintendent for Neodesha School System. He served on the Kansas State High School Activities Assn. Board of Directors and was President of the United School Administrators of Kansas in 1992.

In 2003, the Wichita Eagle listed him as one of the all time best athletes from Mulvane, where he still holds some basketball scoring records.

Jerry retired to Independence, where he played golf, fished on Beaver Lake, Ark., built furniture in his workshop and enjoyed watching his six grandsons play sports.

Jerry married Kirsten Radford at Mulvane, on Sept. 4, 1957. She survives of the home.

He is also survived by his son, Gregg and wife, Sandy, grandsons, Grant, Garrett and Gavin of Independence; son, Mark and wife, Brigheta, grandsons, Gaige, Nicholas and Fulton, of Oklahoma City; sister, Judy and husband, Wayne Wayman of Mulvane; brother, Harold and wife, Sandra Webster of Springfield, Mo.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Odessa Holland and brother, Marvin Webster, Larned, Kan.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Wilson County Hospital Foundation, Neodesha, Kan. and memorials may be left at the chapel.

Webb & Rodrick Chapel & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.