Walter J. Webb Jr., of San Clemente, Calif., passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, after incurring a head injury, doing what he loved best: going on a long afternoon walk.
Walter was born June 27, 1919, in Winnipeg, Canada, to Walter J. Webb and Jessie Agnes Webb. He graduated from Mosier High School in 1938, which is where his interest in photography began.
Wally went on to serve in World War II as a radarman and photographer on the USS Burleson until 1945. He then studied photography at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Calif., graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in July 1949. On Dec. 24, 1949, he married Colleen Ruikka.
While freelancing for area newspapers and Look magazine, Wally settled in Anaheim, Calif., in 1954. He owned a photography studio and spent his career taking portraits until his retirement in 1982.
After retirement Wally’s passions included landscape photography, oil painting, traveling, athletics and spending time with his family. He will be remembered for his enthusiastic spirit, especially while challenging his children and grandchildren to bike and running races, sometimes surprising us by beating us to the finish line, at the young age of ninety.
Walter is survived by his sister, Hazel Lee; five children, Jeanne Reeves, Linda Brandt, Tom Webb, Suzanne Anderson and Jim Webb; grandchildren Todd, Carrie, Brian, Rachelle, Serena, David, Christina, Johanna, Patrick, Tera, Nichole, Jamie, Jordan and Chase; 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jessie Webb, and his sister Gladys Roberts. He will be fondly remembered by all.
Services and burial will be held Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at the Mosier Cemetery, 600 State Road, Mosier, Ore. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the service and the reception that will follow at the Mosier Grange Hall.
Thank you to the many wonderful people in Mosier and the Hood River Valley for your help and support.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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