Edgar LeRoy “Spider” Webb, 79, of Roscoe, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Born Aug. 10, 1939, in Weston, he attended Chenoa schools and served our country in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division from 1958-61.
LeRoy loved fast cars, especially Fords, and airplanes. Following military service, he traveled with pilot and race car driver, Harry E. Pick, as a mechanic. He spent approximately 20 years working for Pontiac-based Interlake Warehouse Solutions as plant supervisor, and held a similar position at Beloit, Wis.-based Beloit Corp., until retiring in 1997. LeRoy loved kids and was a part-time school bus driver for 10 years in retirement.
In addition to racing cars at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, LeRoy was passionate about aeronautics from a young age. In grade school, he started building model airplanes, a lifelong hobby that led to building and racing remote control airplanes, both locally and nationally, and membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics. LeRoy held a pilot’s license and was an avid skydiving instructor and performer, completing more than 1,000 jumps, and dazzling crowds with formations at fairs and events in Streator, Pontiac and LaSalle.
LeRoy is survived by his loving wife, Ingrid; children, Robbyn Webb, John (Rachel) Webb, Wayne (Torri) Webb, Michael (Dana) Bennett-Tejes, Penny (Craig) Olson; grandchildren, Iesha Webb, Abby (Reiny) Scherbarth, Brianna Webb, Hailey Webb, Jovan Webb, Natalie Olson, Michael Webb, Gunnar Tejes, Audrey Mann, Serenity Webb, and Grayson Webb; sister, Rosemary (Lynn) Todd; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Fannie Iola Regenold and Henry “Hank” Webb; and siblings, Annabelle (Webb) Johnson, Wayne William Webb, and Fern (Webb) Speedon.
LeRoy’s final “10-man star” formation landed him in Heaven. In his honor, a visitation and celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Hope Evangelical Free Church, 5656 Elevator Rd., Roscoe. A luncheon will immediately follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hope Church Benevolence Fund.