November 2, 1958 – January 31, 2021
Kelley Paul Webb, age 62, passed away from this earth on January 31, 2021, while surrounded by the love of his family. Kelley renewed his faith in God and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and was baptized on December 20, 2020. He will reunite with his family and friends that have passed before him in the House of the Lord. After a long, hard fight with COVID-19, Kelley succumbed to the effects of the virus. Kelley is survived by his wife, Paula Webb of Joplin; daughter, Whitney DuRall and her husband Aaron, of Ridgewood, NY; daughter, Lauren Forste and her husband Jake, and granddaughter, Ella Forste, of Cassville, MO; mother, Janice Gillum and John of Kirksville, MO; and father, Paul Webb of Joplin, MO. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Romaine and Benjalou Boyd, and Lowell and Blanche Webb, and a close cousin, Michael Day. His two dogs, Bella and Willy will miss all of his never-ending “pettins”. Despite his life being far too short, Kelley filled much of his time with many hobbies and activities that he often enjoyed with family and friends alike. Over the years he told me many stories of neighborhood friends from his childhood. He collected and played slot cars with some of them, going on to renew that interest much later in life. He often spent hours tinkering with his track and cars, each one holding a special meaning. Later in his teens, he became an avid motocross racer. The stories are still told today by many of his friends that raced with him. Of course, we still have all his trophies. Eventually, boating and the lake became a top priority. Many weekends were spent with Kelley’s parents and countless friends cruising the lake in their speedboats. Those were some of the best memories we shared during our first seven years together. We met on a blind date in June of 1978. I was only allowed to go on this date because my dad said he had a firm handshake. Eventually, we were married February 15, 1984. We started our family, and the lake was put aside. He loved his girls so much and learned a lot from them as they did him. Many times, he would start pillow fights or chase them around the yard with a garden hose. Time in the yard also consisted of many parties we hosted on different occasions. He loved the simple things in life. His career began as a land surveyor for Allgeier, Martin and Associates, Inc. For seven years, he worked running major power lines throughout the four-state area. He loved pointing out those he’d worked on when we took trips out of town. Of course, like anything else in Kelley’s life, everything he touched or built had a story behind it. He had a wonderful knack for remembering the details of everything he encountered. Eventually, he’d find love and passion in building precision engines. After working for a few different shops around town, he went on to open his own business called Webb Performance and Machine. He spent endless hours building motors the only way he knew how, with meticulous precision for every fine detail. He was a perfectionist and he took time with his craft. Those who had their motors done by him usually knew he was going to take his sweet time… To do it right of course. As his wife, we did most everything together. We shared many of the same interests such as golfing, boating, riding our Harleys, and endless yard work. We labored over projects together such as building a lean-to on the sides of his man cave. He never claimed to be a construction worker, but together, we could do anything, even if it was not perfect. We recently got back into boating and spending quality time at Table Rock Lake with family and friends. He loved watching Ella discover all the fun things the lake has to offer and was most relaxed when behind the helm of his boat. He and I were one. We could always count on each other. The love I have for him was once in a lifetime and will live on forever. No one can replace him – no one. My heart is broken into a million pieces and will never be whole again. Kelley, we all miss you so much already. We will always talk to Ella about you and tell her how much you loved her. Until we are together again – I love you always and forever. Kelley’s wishes would be for everyone to stay safe. His body has been cremated and no plans for a service have been made at this time. Due to COVID-19 and the utmost concern for the safety of our friends and family, a Celebration of Life will be determined in the near future when COVID no longer poses a threat to anyone. If everyone does their part, we will all get back to life as we once knew it. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Joplin Humane Society and Ronald McDonald House in care of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory.