Gordon Pace Webster

webster-pace-y-obitJune 25, 1927 — November 10, 2016

Gordon Pace Webster, 89, passed away Nov. 10, 2016, at his home in St. George, Utah. Pace was born June 25, 1927, in Cedar City, Utah, the oldest child of Ernest Nelson and Helen Pace Webster.

He grew up in Cedar City and graduated from Cedar High School in 1945 where he starred in football and basketball. Even before graduating he volunteered for the Navy, after which he shipped to the Pacific and served honorably for a year on a troop ship bringing weary soldiers home. After returning home himself, he worked for a time again with his father herding sheep.

In 1953 Pace married Virginia Clark and they had four children; Ginger, Clark, Rex and Paul. They were married for 15 years.

He married Lucy Ruesch and was blessed to add Holly and Tyler to his family. They were married 44 years, until Lucy’s death.

Pace loved his siblings Don Ray, JN, Jolene and Sandy. He especially loved Kanarra mountain and spent summers, Labor days, Veterans days, deer hunts and any other excuse for a holiday at the cabin with Lucy or other family members. 

He worked several jobs in his life: the Dugway proving grounds in Tooele, Utah, then later at Area 51 in Nevada. For several years, he worked for his uncle, Lou Webster, at the Webster Coal Mine in Cedar Canyon, then road construction in both Utah and Nevada operating heavy equipment. In 1967 he began working with his best friend, Claron Bradshaw. He worked at St George Ford for 25 years. 

Pace missed few mornings having coffee with his friends, attending as recently as a few days ago. He loved a good conversation.

Pace is preceded in death by his parents, Daddy Nels and Helen; his wife, Lucy; son, Rex; brother, Don Ray, and great-granddaughters, Brinna Marie Van Vliet and Havyn Lee Groskreutz. 

He is survived by his children: Ginger (Murry) Whipple of Hiko, Nevada; Clark (RuthAnn) Webster of Las Vegas; Nevada, Paul (Denise) Webster of Santa Clara, Utah; Holly Helm, Hurricane, Utah; and Tyler (Ayleen) Webster of San Angelo, Texas; 26 grandkids, 45 (almost 46) great-grandkids, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services

  • A visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, and also from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services.
  • Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. in the Middleton Ward LDS chapel, 807 W. Capilla Road, Washington, Utah.
  • Interment will be at 3 p.m. at the Cedar City Cemetery, Cedar City, Utah.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign his guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

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