from The Rolfe Arrow, Thursday, February 6, 1958
Last Rites Today for M.W. Webb, Rolfe Druggist
Morris W. Webb, 61, prominent Rolfe businessman, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 4, at University Hospitals in Iowa City. He had undergone two major operations there within the last few weeks.
Funeral services for Mr. Webb were held this Thursday afternoon at the Rolfe Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Clinton-Garfield cemetery, Rolfe. Rev. Martin Prehn of Manchester, formerly of Rolfe, and Rev. William Nelson, present pastor of the Rolfe Presbyterian church, conducted the service with the Streit Funeral Home in charge. Military rites were conducted at the grave site.
Pallbearers were Dr. G.G. Butler, L.R. Davidson, Robert Dixon, Robert Hunter and N.A. Wilson, all of Rolfe, and Shirley Thornton of Fort Dodge.
Flower arrangements were by Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Grant and Mr. and Mrs. Deane Gunderson. Music was provided by Mrs. Jake Rittgers at the organ and Mrs. Melvin Thorson, violinist.
A native of Rolfe, Morris was born here, April 18, 1897, the son of Charles Morris Webb and Anna Trick Webb. He was graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 1919, after taking time out to serve in the Navy during World War I.
His father was a pioneer druggist in Rolfe, having founded the Webb Drug Store in 1889, seven years after the town was established in its present location. Mr. Webb joined his father in the drug business in 1925. After his father's death in 1935 he became head of the firm and held that post at the time of his death.
During his 33 years as a merchant in Rolfe, Morris was prominent in business and community and church affairs. He was a member of the school board from 1941 to 1948, serving as its president four years. At the time of his death, he was vice president of the Rolfe State bank, Town Treasurer, Chairman of the Pocahontas County Soldier's Relief Commission and the local Red Cross arid Salvation Army Chapters, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rolfe Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and the Lions Club.
Morris enjoyed a wide acquaintance in the drug trade throughout Iowa, having been president of the Rexall Club of Iowa and for many years an active member of the Iowa Pharmaceutical Association. He also was widely known in state banking circles.
Morris is survived by his widow, who prior to their marriage in 1925 was Miss Jane Gordon of Lake Forest, Illinois; a daughter, Mrs. Carl Kish of Atlanta, Georgia; a son, Stuart Webb of Rolfe, who is associated with the Webb Drug Store; three grandchildren, John Webb Kish and Kimberly and Lisa Webb; and a sister, Miss Ruth Webb of Council Bluffs.