WEBSTER, COLONEL BRIAN L. - departed this world on June 21, 2010 after a valiant battle with kidney cancer. Brian was born in Minneapolis, MN. At age 16, Brian won the Grand Champion of the National Model Airplane Championships of 1970. He graduated in 1979 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from The University of Tennessee. Brian's dream was to be a pilot and he joined the Air Force in 1980 where he flew F-15 fighters. He served six years in the Air Force and continued his military career in the Air National Guard flying F-16s, for a total of 27 years. He served as Squadron Commander of the 119th Fighter Group in 2001 and played a key role in protecting US airspace post 9/11. His Guard career culminated with the distinguished Legion of Merit Award for outstanding service as the Wing Commander of the 177th Fighter Wing, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. He retired from military service in June 2007. As a traditional guardsman, he also flew 23 years for American Airlines and was a 767 International Captain. Brian's passions were Civil War and World War II history, college football (Tennessee Volunteers and Penn State) and vegetable gardening. Brian's legacy is all those that he helped during his life, and the positive and compassionate impact he had on all those that crossed his path. He was humble, quick to laugh and saw the good in everyone. He leaves behind many friends that will feel the void for a long time. He was preceded in death by his mother, Molly Webster. He is survived by his wife, Teresa (Hockenberry) Webster, Lancaster, PA, daughter Jennifer (Andrew) Poston, Chattahoochee, FL; his father, Lee Webster, Franklin TN, sisters Susan (John) Thompson, Tryon, NC, Pamela (Walter) Wallace, Franklin, TN and Trish (Skip) Woolwine, Nashville, TN. Friends are invited to attend services for Brian from the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and Chapel, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543 on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 10:30AM. Interment, with full military honors, will be at 130PM at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA. Friends will be received following the interment services at the Mountville VFW, 48 E. Main St., Mountville, PA 17554 beginning at 3PM. Memorial contributions may be made in Brian's memory to Meals On Wheels of Lancaster, 1085-B Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602 or to the Kidney Cancer Association, Box 3516, Oak Brook, IL 60522 www.kidneycancer.org. To send an online condolence, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com
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Published in The Press of Atlantic City on June 24, 2010