John Merritt Webster, Jr. was born on November 23, 1945, in Vallejo, California. His death was recorded on August 27, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri. John was the son of Audrey Grady Webster and John Merritt Webster. His father was a lieutenant in the United States Navy at the time of John’s birth. The family subsequently moved to Kansas City, Missouri. John had two younger siblings, Nancy and Peter. In 1964, he graduated from the Pembroke-Country Day School. John was an athlete who played football, basketball, golf, and tennis during his high school years. He remained an avid sports fan throughout his life. John was a Jewel Ball escort in 1965. He earned a degree in business from Parsons College in Iowa in 1968.

John was a motorcyclist and, with several friends, cycled across Europe on more than one occasion. For several years, John worked with his father in the wholesale lumber business. His career also included stints in banking and real estate. John married Sherry Lee Turner in Orangeburg, South Carolina, on October 4, 1980. The couple had one son. John’s charm was his unending curiosity and engaging personality. Anyone who met him was made to feel like the most important person in the room — every time.

John was predeceased by his parents, Audrey Grady Webster and John Merritt Webster; his in-laws, Mary Frances Perkins Turner and James Earle Turner; and his son, John Merritt Webster IV. His survivors include his wife, Sherry Lee Turner Webster; his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Peter Menihan; his brother, Peter Webster; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Pam and Bob McCausland; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Jo Ann Turner, Denise Turner; and his many nieces and nephews. John was a dog lover, most recently of Gatsby, who also predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Pembroke Hill School (c/o John M. Webster IV Memorial Fund in support of PHS lacrosse and suicide awareness) are suggested:

Pembroke Hill School Office of Development

400 West 51st Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64112 or made online at

“People will forget what you said /

People will forget what you did /

People will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou


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