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Jack J. M. Webster of Downingtown Jack J. M. Webster, 87, of Downingtown, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Simpson Meadows. He was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth "Betty" Smith Webster, with whom he had shared 62 years of marriage at the time of her passing in October of last year. Born in Philadelphia on July 4, 1924, he was the son of the late Francis William and Margaret Burns Buchanan Webster. Educated in the Philadelphia school district, he attended John Bartram Senior High School. Jack entered the U.S. Army while still in high school. A member of the 157th Infantry Regiment of the Forty Fifth Infantry Division (Thunderbirds), he fought in battles in Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart Medal and the European Theater Service Medal with 7 bronze stars and 1 bronze arrowhead. Upon returning home, he graduated from John Bartram High School in 1946. He also served in the 108th Field Artillery of the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1946 until 1951, when he was discharged as a Second Lieutenant. He was a member of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor. He worked as a general supervisor for the Philadelphia Electric Company for over 43 years, serving at times as an expert witness for the company in Public Utility Commission hearings, until retiring in 1989. Mr. Webster was a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church from 1958 until 2008, where he was active as the Clerk of Session for twelve years and as an Elder. He served on the Building Committee for the new church building at Route 202 and Pleasant Grove Road. He and his wife, Betty, arranged for funeral luncheons for many years. Jack was also former president and business manager for the Forty Niners Chorus of West Chester. He was a life member of VFW Post #845 Downingtown, and also a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Valley Forge Chapter #1777. He was a member of the Executive Committee and former president of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and was former president of the Philadelphia Society of Electric Meter Men. He was also a member of The Scottish Historic and Research Society and The Brandywine Scottish Society. Jack and his wife, Betty, lived at Simpson Meadows Retirement Community in Downingtown since April, 2000 and both had volunteered in several capacities. They organized a Community Chorus and performed several shows a year at Simpson Meadows and neighboring churches and retirement facilities. He is survived by four children, Christine Webster O'Malley (Timothy) of Honey Brook, Joanne Webster Trois (Charles) of Reinholds, Pa., Jack J. Webster (Barbara) of Downingtown, and Scott Smith Webster (Jeanine) of Westminster, Md. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Teri Lyn Jacobs, Matthew O'Malley, Michal Posey, David Brown, Erica D'Andrea, Samuel and Rebecca Webster; and by eight great-grandchildren, Morgan, Madeline, Emily, Olivia, Aubrey, Leah, Jack and Ephraim. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at Central Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Uwchlan Ave., Downingtown. Memorial gifts may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 West Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester, PA 19382, or The Caring Friends Fund at Simpson Meadows, 101 Plaza Drive, Downingtown, PA 19335. To send online condolences, visit www.jamesterryfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Daily Local on Apr. 10, 2012
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