I only knew Jim for a short time but he made a big impression on me, I still think of him often. He was a special person. I feel very blessed to have known him.
I had the honor to be coached by Mr. Webster and play on the same team with Jamie Hosford (1970 football)He was the only sheriff to pick me up hitch-hiking with out getting in trouble.
I just found out the devastating news that Coach Webster passed away. Coach really served as my adoptive father as I progressed through RJH and Creston, since I didn't have a father growing up. Coach counseled me after school and told me things that I didn't want to hear at the time. He was one of those people that came into my life at the right time and saved me from myself. Coach was a great teacher and football coach. The year I played, we weren't very good, but he remained positive and continued to see the bigger picture. He told us that the "struggle on the football field today would lead to greatness later". He was so wise. He was tough on us, but we knew he cared to be tough on us. RIP Coach. I will alway apreciate what you taught me.
Coach Webster was my father while I grew up. Coach was a great mentor and changed my life. I lost my father when I was little. Coach somehow found out about this and took me under his arm. I loved that man. The Websters had me to dinner at their house near RJH and Mr. & Mrs. Webster counseled me through some tough times. When I learned of Coach's passing, a part of me passed away too. What a great man. All of us respected him greatly. He fought for us every day.
Mr. webster was a teacher who pushed students to be their best. He was an excellent coach as well and I'll never forget the 1973 championship I was a part of. We played hard for Coach because we respected him greatly. He was an incredibly generous man as well. He and Mrs. Webster had me over to their house for dinner when I was going through some tough times. I really feel that my life is what it is today because he helped me along the way. I saw him a few years ago and he still remember me. I'll alway miss him Thanks, Coach. Sincere condolences to Mrs. Webster and her family.
We will always love you you were the BEST Poppy
To Jim (Jiggsy) Webster's family--
Just received notification from a Kearny High School classmate of Jim's death. We played football together at KHS and I always marveled at his athletic skills and his drive to excel. My father taught and coached at KHS and had contacts with Jim through his high school years and after. While Jim was a student at Marquette he would visit my father at Swan Lake in Wisconsin where my dad taught him to water ski. In 2004 I had email contacts with Jim and we reflected on the many years between KHS graduation and retirement. Please know that I had great respect for Jim and I extend sympathy to all of you from the Rebholz family.
My wife and I had Mr. Webster as a teacher at Riverside in 1970. He also was my football coach there. I loved playing for him as our coach. Mr. Webster sure could kick a football. I remember that at the end of a practice we ran wind sprints. The distance of the sprints was based on how far he could punt the ball. May God comfort and bless this family.
Cris, Mark, David, Todd, Kristen,
Lois and I were deeply saddened to hear about the death of our friend Jim. We will always remember the friendship shown to us by you when we came to teach in Grand Rapids in 1963, Chris. We had many good times down through the years that Jim and I taught at Riverside Junior High.
Jim was ready to help at anytime he was needed.. He loved and cherished his family. I cherish those memories I have of Jim and will miss him greatly. Rest in peaceable and God bless the Webster family. Goodby my old friend.
Gary T McBee
Lees burg, Fl,
Jim was one of my classmates in Kearny High School back in the 50's. He was also a friend to my future husband, Jack. I have many happy memories of those days. My sincere condolences, Cris, to you and your family.
Jim was a good neighbor. "Neighboring" is almost a lost art but Jim never lost it --friendly, thoughtful, good humored...sharing a helping hand or just day to day happenings. It was always a comfort knowing the Websters lived next to or near our folks as they aged. Mary Kay and Diane
James was my football and wrestling coach at Riverside and had a huge influence on my future at Creston.
Jim's big heart never left him even when he wasn't well on 1 Red. If he saw you were struggling with someone, he would get up to try and help. He would stand up for the helpless and talk to anyone around him, even when they could not talk back with him. His heart went beyond words. It was not hard to see God's light in him to shine on others. May his family take comfort in all that he was and all the memories.
Jim was a huge influence on my life for many years. i got the opportunity to play football and wrestle for "Coach" starting at Riverside Jr. High and later coach for him when he was the Ath. Dir. at Union. He exemplified what it was to be a man to an impressionable boy. We had many long discussions about family and the role of a father and husband. He was always there for me over many, many years. Our thoughts and sincere prayers to you Cris, Mark, David, Todd and Kristen.
We are sending all you Websters our love and thoughts at this time of the loss of Jim, husband, father, grandfather, friend. May you hold dear the memories that give you comfort and make you smile.
Jim will be greatly missed. He was a dedicated friend for many years. His sense of humor will be missed. I worked with Jim for twenty years at the Kent County Sheriff Department. Jim was a dedicated Marine Officer always there for other officers when needed and always there to serve the public. Jim taught thousands of students boating safety which in turn I'm sure resulted in saving lives on the water. Jim was a true asset to the community and a pleasure to have as a friend. I will miss his sense of humor and his friendship.
We have very fond memories of Jim. He was always friendly, kind and open. I can remember when he stopped at our cottage when he was a deputy sheriff on Bass Lake in Montcalm County. Mary Lynn and Jim were married on the same date as Mary Ann and I so we could not attend their wedding. It is obvious he had a great life and left children who love him. We will be praying for you and hope to see the family this summer. Mary Ann and Lance in Arlington, Texas.
Jim will be missed great friend
May GOD bless the Webster's family.
Jim was such a kind, jovial, loving man to everyone he met. He was a strong man of integrity and honesty and he had an infectious passion for life. And he had a wonderful sense of humor! I also have to say that it was so obvious that his wife, children, and grandchildren were his whole world and he was so very proud of all of you. Love and prayers for you all.
Dear Chris and family, May you be blessed with peace and comfort in the great memories you share of Jim.
What a Incredible Man! He will be missed! My condolences and love to the family.
You forget to mention Jim worked for Kent County Sheriff as a marine patrol office. Jim also hired me as a track coach at Union when he was AD. We had many fun times when our kids were wrestling together. Sorry about your loss. Droski family.
Kristen and family, it was a pleasure to meet you and your Dad in Guatemala, he was easy to talk with as we waited for the babies, it has been great to see the wonderful photos on FB. My thoughts, prayers , sympathies to you all at this sad time, may God hold you all in the palms of His hands. Hold tight to the wonderful memories, he was well loved and liked and will be missed by many. Love and hugs to you all, God's Blessings on you and yours.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. May your father rest in peace.
As you know, we will be unable to attend Jim's service on Sunday because we are in Florida but know that we will be thinking of all of the Webster family
Sending love and condolences to all the Websters. Yours is such a special family. I will miss Jim's easygoing ways and friendly smiles.
My condolences to the family. God-Bless.
Mr. Webster was one of my best teachers at Riverside Junior High. Much sympathy to the Webster family.