Theodore L. Webster, 87, decorated World War II veteran

Theodore L. Webster
Theodore L. Webster
Posted: July 04, 2012

Theodore L. Webster, 87, a decorated World War II veteran and longtime resident of Haddonfield, died Thursday, June 28, at Virtua Voorhees after several strokes.

Mr. Webster received the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross among other awards for his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a bombardier and navigator of a B-24 with the 376th Bombardment Group. Mr. Webster was stationed in North Africa and, as the war progressed, Germany, his son, Theodore Jr. said. Growing up, his son said, he felt proud of his father, who was head bombardier during combat missions, including the last raid on Ploesti, Romania, in 1944.

Mr. Webster was a history buff on World War II and the Civil War, and shared stories with his family about the 50 missions he flew, said his daughter, Linda Gilchrist.

"He talked about them quite often," Gilchrist said. "He had his humorous stories and his serious stories."

Born in Camden, Mr. Webster graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1940. He spent two years at Lehigh University before leaving to join the Army. He returned to Lehigh and graduated in 1946.

He spent nearly 30 years at Cooper University Hospital, first as an assistant administrator and then as treasurer, and retired in 1982.

Mr. Webster was an active member of the Camden County YMCA and served as treasurer for several decades. During the winter holidays, he would help the YMCA sell Christmas trees and at Easter would return home from the Easter egg hunt with his pockets stuffed full of chocolate coconut eggs, Gilchrist said.

But his favorite treats came from his wife, Nancy, who he married Sept. 9, 1950. Nancy learned to cook her husband's favorite "homestyle" meals from his mother, Gilchrist said.

Besides his wife, daughter and son, Mr. Webster is survived by four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two sisters; and a brother.

A visitation is set for 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave., Haddonfield. A Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. with interment at Colestown Cemetery, Cherry Hill. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Webster's name to First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield, N.J. 08033, or to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034.


Contact Dara McBride at 215-854-4904 or dmcbride@philly.com

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