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July 08, 2014
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.
April 20, 2014
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.
April 15, 2014
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.
April 15, 2014
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.
February 21, 2014
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.
January 18, 2014
We will always love you you were the BEST Poppy
January 16, 2014
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.
January 01, 2014
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.
December 30, 2013
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.

Sincerely,
Gary T McBee
Lees burg, Fl,
December 24, 2013
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.
December 22, 2013
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
December 22, 2013
James was my football and wrestling coach at Riverside and had a huge influence on my future at Creston.
December 22, 2013
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.
December 22, 2013
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.
December 22, 2013
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.
December 21, 2013
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.
December 21, 2013
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.
December 21, 2013
Jim will be missed great friend
December 21, 2013
May GOD bless the Webster's family.
December 21, 2013
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.
December 21, 2013
Dear Chris and family, May you be blessed with peace and comfort in the great memories you share of Jim.
December 21, 2013
What a Incredible Man! He will be missed! My condolences and love to the family.
December 21, 2013
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.
December 21, 2013
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.
December 21, 2013
Kristen,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. May your father rest in peace.
December 21, 2013
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
December 21, 2013
Sending love and condolences to all the Websters. Yours is such a special family. I will miss Jim's easygoing ways and friendly smiles.
December 21, 2013
My condolences to the family. God-Bless.
December 21, 2013
Mr. Webster was one of my best teachers at Riverside Junior High. Much sympathy to the Webster family.
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