VeteranWebster Krems

Webster Krems, 85, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Frederick, died at 12:15 a.m. Aug. 4, 2008, at the Life Care Center in Bridgeton, Mo.

He was born Nov. 23, 1922, in Frederick, a son of William and Louise Harcher Krems. He first married Patricia Boyd on July 10, 1946, in Los Angeles, Calif. He later married Jeannette Stockton on March 28, 1980, in St. Louis. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Michael William (and Joellen) Krems of Lombard and Steven Charles Krems of Lanham, Md.; one daughter, Suzanne (and Charles) Schultz of Owasso, Okla.; one stepdaughter, Carol McEwen of Bridgeton; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Fred, Walter, Homer, Orville, Ralph and Edward Krems; and three sisters, Edna Self, Corena Quinn and Jessie Lynch.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Gunner’s Mate Second Class. He served in 14 major naval engagements in the southwest Pacific.

He worked as a quality control inspector at Fischer Body, a division of General Motors in Willowsprings from 1952 to 1966. He then worked for Illinois Department of Public Aid in Carrollton. In 1980, he began working as a military personnel records clerk in Overland, Mo., from where he retired in 1988.

He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills American Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Oak Lawn Lodge #1166 A.F. & A.M., Moolah Temple Shrine in St. Louis, the Medinah Temple Shrine and Scottish Rite in Chicago.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Burial will follow in Messerer Cemetery near Frederick with military rites by U.S. Naval Burial Detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Masonic rites at 8 p.m. by Rushville Lodge #9 A.F. & A.M.

Memorials may be made to St. Louis Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children.

Condolences may be sent to www.woodfh.net.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 8/6/2008