Elwyn Charles "Chuck" Webb 67, passed away in Tucson, Arizona on June 4, 2014 surrounded by his beloved family. Chuck was devoted to his family and to living a life of integrity, kindness and faith. Anyone who met him even one time will tell you how affable and gracious he was and genuinely interested in knowing about you. To those who knew and loved him he was a devoted, loving, and good-humored soul. To his beloved family he was an honorable and attentive husband, an empathetic and cheerleading parent and an adoring and playful grandfather. These gifts were also shared with First United Methodist Church of Phoenix, his spiritual home for over 30 years. If you were lucky, you may have heard his fine tenor voice in the church choir, danced the jitterbug with him, been thrown into the pool by him or have witnessed his contagious, tear-inducing fits of laughter. Chuck was born in Effingham, Illinois on January 8, 1947 but grew up and lived most of his life in Phoenix. He was the son of the late Elwyn Webb and Myldred Davis. Chuck attended Carl Hayden High School (65) and graduated from Northern Arizona University (69) where he met his wife, Barbara Welsch. They married in 1970 in Troy, New York. Chuck served in the Navy as a P-3B pilot from 1969 to 1974 in support of the Navy's anti-submarine operations. He then began a long and distinguished career in public service for the Arizona Department of Economic Security and served as administrator of the Employment Security and Unemployment Insurance Administrations. Following his retirement in 2001 he logged many volunteer hours with agencies serving children, refugees and senior citizens. He also began flying again, became a middle school substitute teacher and worked as the archivist for the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. Chuck lived with Parkinson's Disease with characteristic grace for the last decade of his life. Partners to the end he and Barbara faced the diagnosis head-on and took an active role in his care staying on top of the very latest treatments and research and becoming part of the Parkinson's community in Phoenix and Tucson. A more devoted caregiver than Barbara he could not have found. Chuck is survived by Barbara; daughters, Stephanie Lynn Mitchell and Alice Katherine Webb; son-in-law, J. Cameron Mitchell and grandchildren, Bridget Holland Mitchell and Dexter Charles Mitchell, all of Tucson. He is also survived by his brother, Duane Edward Webb of Queen Creek, Arizona; nephews, Travis and Davis Webb. A Celebration of his life will be held at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 9252 E 22nd St, Tucson at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014. A memorial gift may be made in Chuck's honor to Parkinson Wellness Recovery at www.pwr4life.org or 134 West Fort Lowell Road, Tucson, Arizona 85716. Arrangements by HUDGEL'S SWAN FUNERAL HOME.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on June 15, 2014