Richard ‘Dick’ Webster

Richard Allen ‘Dick’ Webster, age 93 of Ellsworth, died February 12th, 2022 at Mount Olivet Careview Home in Minneapolis. Dick was born on August 18, 1928 in Hartland Township; the son of Frank Leo and Lillian (Bristol) Webster. He was raised on the farm in rural Ellsworth and graduated from high school in the class of 1946.

Dick loved working the farm. He learned the ethics of hard work from his father and continued that tradition for a good share of his life. On September 26, 1953, he vowed to share his life with Joanne Erickson at Christ Episcopal Church in Red Wing. They lived in rural Ellsworth where they raised three children; Keith, Anita Jo, and Cindy. Being a farmer, he learned how to engineer and fix most anything. His early background as a mechanic at Northwest Airlines, and for a family run garage, gave him troubleshooting skills that came in handy.  Although he enjoyed his dairy farm and tractors, he was just as happy to till his garden with a pitch fork or tiller. He often had great returns from his vegetable garden, and knew how to make a flower bed shine.  After he sold the dairy cows, he worked in excavating with his brother Loren at  “Webster Excavating”.  They covered the greater Pierce County area and built up a very successful business.

He and Joanne enjoyed traveling. Earlier in their marriage they enjoyed going west to Wyoming and South Dakota, but their trips to Hawaii were his favorites. The most memorable was a family trip over Christmas with the kids to Hawaii. He was a gifted woodworker who took pleasure in a quiet afternoon in the shop, crafting furniture, enjoying the smell of fresh cut wood while listening to a Badger game.

Dick is survived by his wife of 68 years Joanne; children Keith (Susan) Webster, Anita Jo Webster, Cindy (Gregory) Weamer; brother Eugene (Mary) Webster, and his nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brothers Lee (Molly) Webster and Loren (Betty) Webster.

Memorial service for Dick Webster will be 3PM, Friday, February 18th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial at a later date will be in the St. Paul’s UCC Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the discretion of the family. Memorial and cremation services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth.

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