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ROBERT VERNON WEBB Smith Funeral Home Ltd. & Crematory Robert "Vern" Webb, age 86, long time Prosser resident passed away on Sunday July 31, 2016 in Richland WA. Vern was born on October 15, 1929 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to William and Elizabeth Webb. Vernon made his way to the Pacific Northwest at the young age of 11, driving both his parents with all of their belongings from Oklahoma to Olympia. Vernon went into the United States Army at the age of 18, serving in the Korean War as a Radio Operator and Tel Technician earning the rank of Sergeant T. Vernon earned Korean Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars, and the United Nations Service Medal. He was honorably discharge from the Army on February 17, 1953. Before Vernon joined the Army, he formed his own country western band. Vernon loved western music, and played several honky tonks throughout Olympia. On May 8, 1953, he married Anita Fay Abshire, and together they made their home in Prosser WA. He was a construction worker in those early years, helping to build several dams in the Northwest. He built his own home in 1956, and his wife Anita still lives there. He also helped several family members build their homes. Vernon and Anita had a daughter, Lori, in May of 1958, and then followed with a son Scott in 1960. After many years of the ups and downs of construction life, he settled in a job as a Crane Operator at the Hanford Project. He remained in his Crane Operator position until he retired. Vernon enjoyed fishing, camping, and being in the outdoors. His family has many fond memories of fishing, and camping with Papa as his grandchildren lovingly called him. He was also an avid photographer, and took many photos at family gatherings, and holiday occasions. Vernon is survived by his wife Anita, his son Scott, (Dinky), his grandchildren, Amanda (Derek), and Curtis (Melissa). His great grandchildren, Jaxson, Sam, Madison, Eli, and Cameron. He is also survived by his brothers, Joe, Kenneth, and sisters Billie, Carolyn, and Rosemary. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death, by his daughter Lori, and his sister Dorothy, his parent William Webb and Elizabeth Howell. Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, August 5, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Graveside service with Military Honors will be held Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 11:00 am at Grandview Cemetery in Grandview, WA. We welcome all of Vern's friends, co- worker, acquaintances to come to tell Vern goodbye. We would appreciate any memories being shared about Vernon. In lieu of Flowers contributions can be made to the Crane Operators local # 370, or the Veteran Administration, American Legion of Sunnyside. Those wishing to sign Vern's online memorial book may do so at Smith Funeral Home Grandview in care of arrangements. Papa we will miss you each and every day, and your Southern ways. We will always hear your comments, especially "HUSH you might see a deer", and your many goslings stories. We love you and we will meet again someday!
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Aug. 3, 2016
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