J. Richard Webb of the Town of New Windsor, a retired French Horn Player for the USMA Band at West Point, NY entered into rest Friday, January 8, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was 83.
The son of the late Jasper A. and Anne (Hensel) Webb, he was born August 26, 1932 in Beloit, Wisconsin. He grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin, where his father was the Chief of Police from 1944-1967.
J. Richard graduated from Janesville High School in 1950 and attended Wisconsin State University for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He was a US Army and Korean War veteran, proudly serving his country from 1951 to 1971. After serving in combat in Korea he was transferred to Japan where he was able to pursue his dream of being a musician. In addition to the Army band, he also performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic and Yokohama Symphony. From 1962-1971, J Richard was a member of the USMA Band at West Point, a time that he referred to as the best years of his life. Upon retiring from the Army, he joined the Hudson Valley Philharmonic as principle horn and personnel manager. He also performed in several other groups including his own Canterbury Brass and Woodwind Quintets. After his musical career came to a close, J Richard worked at Indian Point Nuclear Generating Station where he was a firearms instructor for plant security. He was an NRA firearms instructor and competed in pistol matches where he attained the status of NRA Police Pistol Combat Master. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge #55 in Janesville, Wisconsin, a member of Maybrook VFW Post 2064, and former member of the Dutchess County Pistol Association, National Rifle Association, and NY State Rifle and Pistol Association.
Survivors include his children: James Webb and his wife, Robyn A. Webb of Plattekill, Pamela Anne Sawall and her husband, James M. of Howell, New Jersey, grandchildren; Lauren and Jessica Sawall, sister-in-law, Deanna Webb, nephew, Mark Webb and nieces; Laura Fraser and Susan Duckworth. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Terry Webb.
Cremation took place a Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Celebration of Life will take place for family and friends, Tuesday, January 19th from 4 to 7 p.m. at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Rd., (Rte 32), Newburgh, NY.
In lieu of flowers please donate in his name to your local animal shelter.