Richard Arnold Webber, 78, was wonderfully and magnificently welcomed into Heaven on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. He had been under the care of Hospice of Eastern Idaho and the nursing home.
In his younger years he was married and divorced, and then he met "the one," a widow named Patricia (Harsh, Warren) Webber in 1992. Their marriage was full of such joy, kindness and love, with Richard often giving his dear wife loving gifts and cards for no reason at all. Together they enjoyed dancing, and when they weren't dancing, they traveled together in a camping van and thoroughly relished their senior years. Oh, what a marriage, and oh, what love!
He didn't have a college education, but what he lacked in education he more than made up for with his great big heart. He always wore a gentle smile and was continuously giving to others and caring more about them than he did himself.
Richard was a veteran and served during the Korean War. He wanted very much to take part in the actual conflict, but it wasn't to be. Rather, he served in Greenland and France, but even still, was very proud of his military service. Later he joined the American Legion and remained active until he fell ill with Alzheimer's disease.
Before he met Patricia, he told stories of a rough and tumble past that he wasn't proud of and had many regrets. His wife is a woman full of faith and encouraged him to ask God for His merciful forgiveness, which Richard did. He then committed his life to the Lord Jesus and together they served God faithfully at their church, First Christian (Disciples of Christ) and also in the community.
One of the ways that he helped others was to take part in eulogizing veterans at funerals with the Bonneville County Memorial Team. He attended dozens and dozens of services of people that were complete strangers, and when asked why he was so willing to do something so difficult he said, "Because I want to show everyone how important these men and women were and give them the honor they deserve." And Richard, we your family and friends, especially want you to know that we honor YOU.
Richard was born April 19, 1936, in Peoria, Ill., to Leonard and Maudie Mae Webber. He had one sister and two half brothers and lived in several states before settling in Idaho. His parents, siblings and a son-in-law preceded him in death.
His wife, Patricia Webber survives him, along with three daughters, Deborah Ann (Tom) Heath, Vicky (Ken) McBride and Susan Webber; grandchildren, Michael Webber and Mark Webber, whom he loved like sons, and seven more grandchildren; three stepdaughters, Debbie Ackerman, Sherri (Scott) Lebow and Lorie Swisher; and one stepson, Gene (Diane) Warren; eight step-grandchildren; and many more great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Hospice of Eastern Idaho for their tender care and attention to Richard. May God bless you for your kindness to him and also to our family in his last season of life.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Richard's name to First Christian Church, 1800 12th St., Idaho Falls, ID 83404.
Celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road. The family will meet with friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Military honors will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.