Family Tradition. For four generations, members of the Webb family have combined for 275 years of service to over 12,000 families since 1912 and in Independence since 1921. As a locally-owned, family-operated funeral home, we are here to serve you through our funeral home, not the other way around. Our service to you is not dictated by others. You are the shareholders and the ones we strive to satisfy.
Experience. Remember, Montgomery County native Zach Webb is the longest dual-licensed funeral director/embalmer associated with any funeral home in Independence. (3 states/36 years/5,000 services/2,500 preparation of deceased). Don't underestimate the value of experience and ability of your funeral director to provide the proper viewing of your loved ones.
We are expert in creating meaningful services, whether cremation or burial; a formal traditional service or informal gathering.
Webb Family Funeral Service is owned by Zach Webb, a local third-generation funeral director, the son of Gerald and Gwen Webb, and his wife, Deanna, a licensed agent with United Heritage Life and US Alliance, who will handle pre-paid arrangements.
*1890's- Glen Webb and Mary Williamson are both born in Kansas, and raised in Topeka. They are the children of Presbyterian and Methodist ministers.
*1913- Glen M. Webb is licensed in Kansas after completing his education at the Hohenschuh School of Undertaking in St. Louis. They get married and start their family as Glen works for Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Topeka.
*1921- Glen & Mary move to Independence, Kansas, where he begins work with the Jackson Undertaking Company.
*1931- Now with 4 sons, Glen & Mary found Webb Funeral Home at 215 W. Main.
*WWII- Dick Webb, as a bomber pilot, and Bill Webb, a ball-turret gunner, both fly 50+ missions in Europe. Clarence serves in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific.
*1946- Clarence Webb joins the business and Webb Funeral Home is built at 306 W. Main.
*1954- Gerald joins the business, Glen passes away, and plans are started to purchase Denbo Funeral Home in Elk City.
*1967- Mary Webb was named the Kansas Mother of the Year, one of two women from Independence to receive the honor. Mary passed away in 1984.
Clarence and Gerald had numerous professional and community achievements, including being the first brothers to be presidents of the Kansas Funeral Director's Association, Methodist Church, Mercy Hospital Board, School Board, Memorial Hall Board and virtually all civic groups. Jerry, with his wife Gwen, was a co-founder of the modern Neewollah celebration in Independence, helped create the Verdigris Valley Association for Retarded Children, was appointed to the Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board by Governor Docking, and was a two-time president of the Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts.
*1976- Webb Funeral Home merged with Rodrick Funeral Home to form the Webb & Rodrick Funeral Home. Gwen Webb assisted as the bookkeeper and assistant director.
*1986 Zach Webb recieves degree in Mortuary Science and joins business in Independence.
*In 1997, Webb & Rodrick sold to a corporate conglomerate and since been sold twice. Zach and Dee get married.
*1999-2010 Zach works in Hominy, OK, Clark's in Neosho, MO, Greenlawn in Springfield, MO, and Barnes in Coffeyville.
*2012 Zach, Dee and the Webb Family open in Independence, KS.