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Wilbur T. Scrivnor

• Sep 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Wilbur T. Scrivnor, age 95, known as “Webb” to friends and family, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Webb and his wife, Norma, lived in Grand Haven for 51 years. They recently moved to Saline, Michigan, to be near family.

He was born October 27, 1921, in Three Forks, Montana, to the late Frank and Elsie (Frantom) Scrivnor. The fourth of five boys, Webb and his family moved to Michigan City, Indiana, for his father’s work on the South Shore Railway. There Webb met and married Norma Elaine Lakey on January 28, 1945. He would proudly tell you that he served his country in the Navy in the South Pacific, for “five years, one month and nine days,” during World War II, not that he was counting the days.

After the war, he went to college on the GI Bill and became a public school music teacher and earned a Master’s of Music from Northwestern University. He began as the head of music at Pfeiffer College in North Carolina and went on to teach in Seymour, Indiana, and Muskegon, Michigan, before coming to Grand Haven where he taught for Grand Haven Area Public Schools as the vocal music teacher for 18 1/2 years. He produced the school musicals and took the high school choir to Sweden and Finland.

Webb along with his wife, Norma, was an active member of the United Methodist Church. He served as church organist for many years in several churches including the Church of the Dunes and directed choirs. He and Norma also were members of many committees of the UMC, serving as delegates to the annual conferences.

In his spare time, he enjoyed writing poetry, sailing and for 70 years singing with barbershoppers. He also conducted the Shoreline Barbershop Chorus from Muskegon and took them to the SPEBQSA international competition. He retired in 1981 and began working as a freelance writer. He self-published his novel “Drako” at age 90 in addition to several books of poetry, a golf instruction book, “Golf is a GASS,” and a transliteration of 18th-century diary Judson Collins of the first Methodist missionary to China. He served as the editor of the annual anthology Peninsula Poets, published by the Poetry Society of Michigan, for eight years. He wrote the scripts for the annual barbershop show in Muskegon.

Webb is survived by his wife of 72 years, Norma; daughter, Dawn Hertz, and her husband, Dr. Roger Hertz of Dexter, Mich.; granddaughter, Kristin Ann Snyder; and great-granddaughter, Jordan V. Snyder. In addition, he was grandpa to two step-grandsons, Jeremy Hertz and David Hertz, and their wives; and a great-grandpa to their five children. He was preceded in death by brothers Edward, Glen, Ross and Dale Scrivnor.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, September 29, at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church of the Dunes. Full military rites by the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post 28. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be given to United Methodist Church of the Dunes Music Fund or Habitat for Humanity. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Webb’s online guest book.

Arrangements by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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