The Greater Cincinnati Police Museum
“Preserving the History of Law Enforcement in the Greater Cincinnati Area”
Patrolman John Fred Webb P434
John was born September 9, 1928 in Tollesboro, Kentucky to Roland B. and Olive Maude (Cooper) Webb. He attended Tollesboro (Kentucky) High School, graduating in 1946. During his childhood, high school, and later he helped his father on the family farm.
On May 29, 1946, near the end of World War II, John joined the United States Navy. He was assigned to the engine room of the minesweeper U.S.S. Tumult. Fireman First Class Webb was honorably discharged on April 1, 1948 with a World War II Victory Medal.
John moved to Cincinnati and from 1951 to 1957, worked for Woody’s Service on Plainville Road in Cincinnati.
John joined the Cincinnati Police Division on his 29th birthday, September 9, 1957, as a Police Recruit. He was promoted to Patrolman on January 6, 1958, issued Badge 434, and assigned to District 7 (813 Beecher Street). A year later, he was rotated to District 2 (314 Broadway). He was rotated again in October 1959 to District 6 (3295 Erie Avenue). On February 27, 1966, Patrolman Webb transferred to the Traffic Bureau (City Hall). Eight years later, he transferred back to District 6 and assigned there as the Administrative Traffic Car. During April 1986, the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce gave him and award for Outstanding Traffic Enforcement/Education. Patrolman Webb retired on July 5, 1986, with almost 31 years of service to his country and community and 32 letters of appreciation and/or commendation.
Simultaneously with his police career, John moonlighted at Marfay Auto Parts. When he was not working at the parts house or police station, he was working on neighbors’ cars in his driveway. After “retiring” he worked full time for Marfay until his actual retirement in 2009.
Patrolman Webb passed away peacefully on June 10, 2019 at the age of 90.
He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, Hazel Kelly, Nina Gay Webb, and Ronnie Webb. Patrolman Webb is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Webb; children, Cincinnati Police Senior Administrative Specialist Barry Webb (Retired), Brent Webb, Susan Rudolph, and Sara Webb-Sunderhaus; daughters-in-law, Barb Webb and Terri Webb; and his son-in-law, Greg Sunderhaus; grandchildren, Brendon Webb, Brian Webb, Brad Webb, Josh Webb, Mark Webb, Matthew Rudolph, Andrew Rudolph, Maria Sunderhaus, and Peter Sunderhaus; granddaughter-in-law, Kim
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Thomas-Justin Memorial Funeral Home, 7500 Montgomery Road. A funeral service will begin at 7 p.m. Burial will occur at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Maysville-Mason County Cemetery in Maysville, Ky.
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