Robert Eugene Webb, better known as Bob, Pappa Webb or just Dad, was born in Tulare, California, Sunday, March 8th, 1936. He was the second of three sons born to Bessie and Howard Webb of Visalia California. Both of his brothers died at young ages and though he was born the middle son, Bob grew up as the only surviving child to his parents. He learned at a very young age the value of an honest day's hard work, integrity, courtesy, commitment, and morals. Values he values he instilled in his 3 children and exemplified throughout his lifetime. He was an amazing leader and true gentleman.
Bob grew up working beside his parents, whether it be in the garden or in the shop. His mother Bessie taught him how to garden, cook and canning and he continued to plant and garden all his life. His father Howard taught him about building and engineering. Howard retired as an engineer at Aerojet, this was no small feat as his traditional education was completed at 6th grade when he was called up to help support his family.
Bob obtained his mechanical engineering degree from Mt. San Antonio College and served as Sophomore Class President while attending college.
In 1957 Bob was drafted into the Army and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper and was a member of the “Screaming Eagles”, a light infantry division of the Army specializing in air assault operations. The “Screaming Eales” were referred to as the “tip of the spear” and were the most potent and tactically mobile of the Army's divisions. Their motto is “Rendezvous with Destiny.”
After completing his service in 1959 Bob followed in his father's footsteps and utilized his mechanical engineering degree to join Aerojet as an engineer. This is where he met and married Karen Garner. To this union were born his three children, Gregg, Susie, and Darci. Bob was deeply committed to his children and very involved in all the activities they participated in. If you knew his children, you knew him.
Bob retired from Aerojet and moved his family to Galt where he began a partnership with his father in a chicken ranch on Twin Cities Road. For many years Bob and Howard ran the chicken business along with the help of his son Gregg. In true Webb fashion when chicken production dipped, and the production facilities relocated to other states, Bob and Gregg partnered to continue with turkey breeders.
Bob was an active member of the Galt community and served several years on the Galt High School Board, worked closely, and volunteered with Galt High FFA and was a founding member of the Herald Store “Porch Club”. He loved to spend time and celebrate with his family and could be counted on to attend any birthday, anniversary, BBQ, or family event along with his ever-faithful sidekick “Oscar” his yorkie. His quiet smile and quick wit were staples at these gatherings and will be deeply missed by all.
Bob passed on Monday, March 1, 2021 at Mercy General Hospital. He is survived by his 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: Bessie and Howard Webb and his brothers Dick and Gary Webb. Bob was the last of his generation. Due to Covid the family will schedule his memorial at a later date.