[AARA] Rick Webb WA5PCE - Silent Key

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Fri May 9 12:38:04 CDT 2014

I just found this out today.  He was also known as "The Jelly Man" at 
many Hamfests.


*Condolences - **"The SELARC "Hamster" - May 2014 Issue*

Sympathy and best wishes go the family of J.R. "Rick" Webb WA5PCE SK, 
who passed away on May 1st in Hammond. Rick was a Charter Member of 
SELARC and had a lifetime career in radio, beginning as a Merchant 
Marine shipboard radio operator in WWII, aircraft radio operator for Pan 
American Airlines and then 40 years in broadcasting on the Northshore. 
The family has made a donation to SELARC of Rick's ham station equipment.


Jacob Russell

  Jacob Russell "Rick" Webb

    Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home

Author: Alissa Vilardo 
May 2, 2014/Categories: Obituaries 
St. Tammany Obituaries 

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Jacob Russell "Rick" Webb 
died on May 1, 2014 in Hammond, Louisiana. Born in Ponchatoula, 
Louisiana on January 19, 1922 he was 92 years of age. He was the son of 
Burton Scarborough and Julia Mixon Webb of Watson, Louisiana.

While leaving home at age 16 to join the Civil Conservation Corps 
working in Oregon and Washington, he set his life course in radio 
broadcasting by studying at Gallops Island, Boston, Massachusetts for 
the Merchant Marines to earn his Radio Telegraph license. He gained 
wartime Veterans Status as a shipboard radio operator on Sun Oil Company 
tanker ships in the western Atlantic and the Southern Pacific Oceans and 
the Gulf of Mexico.

It was on one of his trips home that he met and soon married a young New 
Jersey woman, Barbara "Buzzy" Deak. After the war, he flew with Pan 
American Airlines in the Caribbean and Central and South America as 
radio operator. His broadcast career of 40 years began first at WIHL in 
Hammond and then the newer radio station WARB in Covington where he was 
a fixture until the middle 1980's.

After retirement, he and Buzzy made a new career selling homemade jams 
and jellies featuring Mayhaws, growing most of the fruits on his farm 
and selling at the Covington Farmers' Market. Throughout his life he 
enjoyed farming, raising cattle and horses, Ham radio, travelling, 
hunting and fishing. He is survived by his children Barbara W. Dantone 
(Danny), Russell A. Webb (Priscilla), and J. Rick Webb (Susan); 8 
grandchildren, Mitchell, Curtis, Michael, Carolyn, Sarah, Russell, 
Matthew and Anna; 14 great-grandchildren and 6 great- great- grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Barbara "Buzzy" Webb; 
daughters Ann Marie Webb and Sandra W. Goodwin; sisters L. Lianne W. 
Wilson, Lillian W. Crane, Vivian W. Hollis, Sallie W. Johnson and Julia 
W. Barnes; and brothers Thomas C. Webb and James S. Webb.

Visitation will be held Sunday, May 4 from 12 to 2 at the Lee's Landing 
United Methodist Church, 38346 Lee's Landing Road, Ponchatoula, with a 
funeral service following. Burial will be at the Ponchatoula Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southeastern Louisiana 
University Development Foundation at SLU Box 10703, Hammond, LA 70402 in 
support of KSLU Radio or the Sandy Goodwin Athletic Scholarship.

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