Henry Byron Webster

Henry “Hank” B. Webster, 80, of Leavenworth, Kan., died, Dec. 24, 2018. A native of Sebring, Fla., he was born July 13, 1938, to Henry Nelson and Ellie Jane (Yates) Webster.

Henry Webster

He was a 1956 graduate of Sebring High School and a 1962 graduate of the University of Florida’s School of Engineering. In 1963 he started with the Tennessee Valley Association (TVA) as a Quality Control Inspector where he traveled extensively throughout the U.S. He was with the Florida Agriculture Chemical Co. from 1965 to 1966 when he went to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as the Assist. Chief, Engineer. In 1971, Hank transferred to the VA in Grand Island, Neb., where he was Chief, Engineer until 1973. He was Chief Engineer in Seattle, Wash., from 1974 to 1975 when he transferred to the VA in Leavenworth, Kan., and was there until 1984. Hank left the VA in 1984 and was an engineer on the construction of the Wolfcreek Generating Station. In 1986 he became a Resident Engineer with the Dept. of VA assigned as a Mechanical Systems Engineer on the new construction of the 1,050 bed VA hospital in Houston, Texas. In 1991, Hank retired from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs moving to Leavenworth, Kan., where he worked 10 years with the Leavenworth Public Library.

Hank served in the active military from March to August of 1961 and in the Army Reserves until 1968.

He was an avid motorcycle and car enthusiast, he loved electronics, mechanics, exercising, nature and traveling. There was nothing he couldn’t fix but was also a firm believer in “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.

Hank is survived by his wife, Charlene, of the home. He is also survived by four sons, Henry Kenneth (Kim), Jupiter, Fla., Scott (Gail), Manhattan, Kan., Dan (Barbara) New York City, N.Y., and Kedric (Jennifer), Red Bank, Tenn.; two sisters, Margaret Mueller, Centerville, Ohio, and Linda Stevenson, Cayce, S.C.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and four step-children, Deb Smith, Cheyenne, Wyo., Jo Ann (James) Green, Lawton, Okla., Patty (Tim) Thrasher, Leavenworth, Kan., and Bill Thrasher, Leavenworth, Kan., and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carol Taylor; two brothers-in-law, Joel Stevenson and Ken Mueller; and a step son-in-law, Greg Smith.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.