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George A. Webbere, 96, U.S. Army officer; producer of radio programs for the blind, husband of 72 years, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. Died April 11, 2014, Massachusetts. He was born in the town of Stephenson, WI. Education in Wisconsin, he attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and, later, Columbia University School of General Studies, NY. Mr. Webbere served in the U.S. Army for twenty years from which he was retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1962. His World War II service was in the Philippines with the 33rd Infantry Division. The Armies of Occupation in both Japan and Germany were also part of his service. He was a Public Relations Officer for the Office of the U.S. Military Governor, General Lucius D. Clay, Berlin, Germany in 1947 and 1948 during the Berlin Airlift. Mr. Webbere also served in Korea during the conflict in that nation. In Korea he was a member of Hq, IX U.S. Army Corps and Hq, Eighth U.S. Army. At Hq, Eight US.S. Army he worked on casualty reporting matters and was one of the principal officers in the exchange of allied prisoners of war held by the North Koreans. In 1954 he developed and wrote the first U.S. Army nuclear warfare casualty reporting system. After his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1962, he was a U.S. civil service employee with the U.S. Army Logistics Command, Washington, D.C. as a management analyst working on manpower allocations. He retired from this work in 1974. Mr. Webbere has been a permanent resident of East Orleans since 1975. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans, where he was a lector and usher and also served as chairman and member of various committees of that church. His principal community activity was in serving the blind. George A. Webbere is a familiar name to the blind, who listen to Radio Reading Network radio stations for the blind in the U.S. He produced and narrated short story radio programs for the blind from 1986 to 2006. Mr. Webbere also narrated and recorded books for The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (Library of Congress). Mr. Webberes community service on Cape Cod included: President, Friends of Snow Library, Orleans; President, Mens Garden Club of Orleans; Charter member and Treasurer of the Orleans Art Association; Treasurer, Orleans Historical Society; Chairman, Town of Orleans Republican Party Committee; Chairman, Town of Orleans Bi-Centennial of the U.S.A Committee; Allocations Committee, United Way of Cape Cod; Steering Committee, Orleans Coffee Club; and Search Committee, Town of Orleans. Mr. Webbere was an avid gardener. The grounds around their home was planted with holly trees, oaks, dogwoods, stewartia, hemlocks, lilacs, and seventy-five rhododendrons, all of which he planted. There were also a vegetable gardens and flower gardens, which he tended. He is survived by his wife, Henriette Mary Webbere, his son, Douglas of Strasburg, PA, his daughter, Sandra of Raleigh, NC, two grandsons, Michael Webbere of Lancaster PA, and Andrew G.T. Wellons of Raleigh, NC, and three great grandsons, Caleb, Noah, and Aiden all of Lancaster, PA. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM in the Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Rd. Orleans. Mr. Webbere will be buried in the churchyard of the St. James Episcopal Church, Hyde Park, NY at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Snow Library, Orleans, MA or to the Orleans Conservation Trust, Orleans, MA.

Published in The Cape Codder from Apr. 15 to Apr. 22, 2014
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