Donald L. “Hop” Webster, 81, of Rushville, passed away at 6:45 p.m., Friday, June 24, at Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care in Mt. Sterling.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1934, in Elvaston. The son of the late Kenneth and Vera (Sharrow) Webster, he married Yvonne “Kay” Akers on June 2, 1957, at the Bowen Christian Church, and she survives.
Also surviving are his daughter Joni (Warren) Witt of Tebbetts, Missouri and his son Mitch (friend Erica Garcia and her son Carlos) Webster of Beardstown; three grandchildren, Andrea (J.C.), Sellers, and Todd (fiancée Allyn Gibbs) Witt all of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Abby Webster of Rushville; three great grandchildren, Alaina, Grayson, and Jameson Sellers; two brothers Larry (Glenadene) Webster of Bowen, and Ed (Mary) Webster of Macomb; two sisters Roberta (Roy) Larson of LeClaire, Iowa and Kay Schild of Quincy; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Mary Cludray of Plymouth, Janet (Gary) Wear of Lorraine, Donnie Akers of Hamilton, Shirley Akers of West Point, and Cookie Akers of Plymouth; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister Rita Webster, a brother Leon “Butch” Webster, and brothers-in-law Frankie Akers, Bill Akers, Terry Akers, and Paul Schild.
Hop was baptized in the Bowen Methodist Church. He retired after 26 years of managing Schuyler Livestock Sales in Rushville. He was active in the Schuyler County Fair Cattle Show, which at the time was the largest county cattle show in the State of Illinois. He was recognized as a Friend of the Livestock Industry in 2004 by the Schuyler-Brown Cattleman’s Association. He was a lifelong avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and managed Little League teams in Golden for several years.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Reverend Keela Neumann officiating. Interment followed in the Bowen Cemetery, in Bowen, Illinois. Memorials are suggested to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or the Special Care Unit of Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care in Mt. Sterling. You are invited to share your memories of Hop, view his memorial video, and leave condolences at www.woodfuneralhome.online.