Albert “Bud” Fredrick Webbeking, 89, of Harbor, passed away at home in his wife’s arms on Oct. 28, 2011. His last words were, “I want to be with Jesus.”
Bud was born July 16, 1922, in Austin, Minn. Bud’s father was Pastor A.G. Webbeking, who served congregations in Minnesota and Waterloo, Iowa, before accepting a call to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Orange, Calif., when Bud was 8 years old.
Later, Bud went to live with his maternal grandmother in El Paso, Texas, for three years, graduating from El Paso High School. Bud’s grandfather had been an engineer on the Texas and Pacific Railroad out of El Paso, which may partly explain Bud’s later interest in railroading.
He and his wife, Joyce, met when his brother was dating Joyce’s younger sister. They were married Oct. 12, 1946, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Bud’s father conducting the service.
Bud’s father later accepted the position as District Stewardship/Mission counselor for the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church; with his territory covering southern California, Nevada and Arizona. He was instrumental in organizing over 120 congregations. After retiring in part because of ill health, he was active in woodworking, which Bud also enjoyed.
After their marriage, the couple lived in Banning, Calif., where Bud was a postal carrier for five and a half years. Due to an extremely snowy winter in January of 1949 (37 inches on the ground), and an opportunity to work with the railroad, they decided to make a change.
Joyce’s father was a Santa Fe Railroad telegrapher, Western Union operator, and station agent for 57 and a half years before he retired. It was through him that Bud got on the railroad. “As a result,” Joyce says, “we moved 13 times for the first 10 years of railroading and marriage.” Joyce and Bud moved back to Orange, where they resided for 30 years before retiring to Brookings in 1988.
Bud always liked motorcycles. He and Joyce spent quite a few summers traveling up the coast to Seattle; of course, coming through Brookings since 1974. After a seven-week tour of England and other countries on their bike, they settled down to camping in their truck/ camper. When their daughter was 16, they began riding dirt bikes and graduated to tour bikes.
Other interests for Bud included electronics, airplanes, woodworking – building everything from custom cabinets to miniature doll houses – and carpentry at Trinity Lutheran Church. Bud and Joyce have remodeled the homes they have lived in, built a garage from the ground up, and also their very first home over 62 years ago.
Both were active in their church choirs until their voices “petered out.” Bud worked the sound system in St. John’s Lutheran Church, helping to install phones for the hard of hearing, and a new pipe organ. He liked to spend quiet time at their organ. Bud also worked on the sound system at Trinity Lutheran Church after retiring.
Joyce hosted a few wedding and anniversary receptions there, too. She served on the Stewardship Board for four years and was a school secretary for 28 and half years.
They enjoyed fellowship at both Immanuel and St. John’s churches in Orange, along with fellowship at Trinity Lutheran in Brookings.
The couple recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
The Webbekings have one daughter, Silvia, who is married to Mark Mahon. They reside in Harbor.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting any donations to be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Music Fund, Outreach Gospel Mission, Chetco Activity Center or the charity of your choice.