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14 January 2014

Remembering: Gorman Lee Webb

Gorman Lee Webb (1933-2013)

When divorce breaks families apart it sometimes ruins all the relationships that were brought together in the marriage.  Thankfully, that was not the case with my in-laws, Joann and Gorman Webb, who were so very good to my son, Nicholas and I. Nick's grandma Joann passed in 1996.  Nicholas passed away in his sleep 7 years ago.  And today, January 14th, 2014,  Gorman was removed from life support after a short illness, and passed away.

Gorman Lee Webb was born the 13th of June 1933 in Spencer, Clay County, Iowa to Hazel Marian Iverson and William Forrest Webb.
On his father's farm in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Gorman was raised by Hazel who took young Gorman and  moved to Des Moines where she worked full time to provide for her and her son.  Gorman met the love of his life, Dorothea JoAnn Still while attending Des Moines Tech High School.

With the Korean War a little over a year old, Gorman enlisted in the Air Force on the 31st of July 1951. He served with the 18th fighter bomber wing  as a mechanic and was deployed to Chin Hea and Huan Ju, Korea.
This is the bottom hole of the USS Meigs. Gorman took this ship to Yokomaha, Japan. That was the point of debarkation for going to Korea. Went from there to Camp Drake in Japan.

Gorman lived on the other side of the door on the right hand side. MV = Motor Vehicle Squandron. Right behind the tent, 25 or 30 yards there was a runway.

In 1953, he returned to the US, attended jump school at Fort Benning, Georgia,  married Joann on the 14th of June 1953, then they were off to Donaldson Air Force Base in Greenville, South Carolina.
Gorman and Joann's engagement announcement

Gorman was discharged the 30th of July 1955.
Gorman worked for the Des Moines School Board most his life and retired as a maintenance supervisor.

Gorman and Joann raised 2 children, their daughter Sherry, Des Moines, Iowa,  and their son Mark, who with his wife and daughter live in Western Canada and who are left to mourn.
Joann & Gorman Webb with their grandson, Nicholas
Nicholas adored his Grandpa Gorman.  They could talk political theory for hours!  Nicholas inherited his grandpa's love of story telling.

Gorman and grandson, Nicholas

Nicholas and his grandpa

Nicholas and his grandpa

There will be no funeral services.  Gorman will be cremated and his ashes buried next to his wife in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines.




Nicholas, me, Gorman

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