Donald Webb

Donald Webb

URBANA – Dr. Donald Wayne Webb, 73, passed away on Wednesday (Sept. 5, 2012) peacefully at home.

Dr. Webb was an entomologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey for over 40 years.

Dr. Webb was born on July 12, 1939, in Brandon, Manitoba, to Orville and Ivy Webb. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois (Kelly) Webb on May 12, 1961; she survives.

Also surviving are daughters, Janice (Mark) Wettstone and Diane (David) McClain; grandchildren, Maggie McClain, Bradley McClain, Evan Wettstone, Ryan (Laura) McClain and Christopher McClain; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Aiden McClain.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Barry.

Dr. Webb earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Manitoba. In 1981, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He earned the North American Benthological Society Distinguished Service Award in 1999.

Dr. Webb was a renowned entomologist who traveled extensively throughout the world doing research. He published numerous manuscripts and catalogues.

He was an avid sports fan and loved playing racquetball, softball, golf and pool.

His most cherished time was sitting on the front porch playing his guitar and visiting with friends and family. He was a loving and generous man who loved helping others - especially those special neighborhood friends. He was very loved and will be missed by many.

Please join us for a Celebration of Life at the Stonecreek Event Center (Kennedy's) from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10. A private graveside service for close family will be held later in the week.

The Webb Family would like to thank all the wonderful doctors and nurses of Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Hospice who took such good care of him.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, please consider a donation in his memory to the John Bouseman INHS Library Endowment Fund, 1816 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL 61820, or Carle Hospice, 206A W. Anthony Drive, Champaign, IL 61822.