Longtime Summit County resident dies at 89 | SummitDaily.com

Longtime Summit County resident dies at 89

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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Fred Webster

SUMMIT COUNTY – Frederick Webster, a 27-year resident of Summit County, who enjoyed fly-fishing, skiing and bow hunting died late last week at the age of 89.Webster was found in his home on Friday, June 30 by a friend who was checking in on him.He had a significant health history suggestive of heart disease, according to a release issued by Summit County coroner Joanne Richardson.

Webster was born in Lincoln, Neb. in 1916.He graduated from the University of Nebraska, then studied medicine at the University of Chicago and later completed his surgical residency at Duke University.Webster was a World War II veteran and received three purple hearts during his tour of duty.He spent most of his life in Lincoln, where he and his wife raised four children and where he started his orthopedic practice.

But, in the early 1960s, Webster bought a second home outside Breckenridge on Morning Star Drive. “Back then, the road was dirt and the sidewalks were wooden blanks,” Webster said in a March 26, 2005 Summit Daily News feature story about his life. “But I knew I wanted to hunt, fish and ski in this beautiful place.”In 1978, Webster retired to Summit County, where he could immerse himself in the outdoors full-time. He spent the last 27 years doing just that – he won three national titles competing in archery tournaments, fly-fished and continued skiing through this past winter.

“I’ve lived a good life,” he said in late March. “I have been so lucky with so many things.”Webster is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Wanda.- Brad Odekirk contributed to this story

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