F. Wil­liam “Bill” We­ber

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On Sun­day, Septem­ber

9, 2018, the beloved pa­tri­arch and founder of We­bco In­dus­tries, F. Wil­liam “Bill” We­ber, 92, of Tulsa, Ok­la­homa, passed from the lov­ing arms of his three daugh­ters and grand­daugh­ters and into those of his beloved wife, Marty, who pre­ceded him on this jour­ney.

Bill was the first son born to Frank Theodore We­ber, a phar­ma­cist and He­len L. Heym of Pitts­burgh, PA, on June 15, 1926, and was fol­lowed by his brother, Richard, in 1933.

As a child reared dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion, Bill of­ten re­counted the des­per­a­tion of men at their door look­ing for work his grand­mother, Sadie couldn't give them. When of­fered a sand­wich, they po­litely re­fused un­less they could earn it. The les­sons from th­ese men never left Bill. Their com­mit­ment to in­tegrity and honor even in the face of great strug­gle came to de­fine his life and moral com­pass.

He grad­u­ated from Dor­mont High School in 1944 and en­listed in the Avi­a­tion Cadet Pro­gram of the U.S. Army. At war's end, he at­tended the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh on the GI Bill, and joined the Delta Tau Delta fra­ter­nity. A young Chi Omega caught his eye, and though Marty Al­li­son turned him down sev­eral times, his per­sis­tence paid off and within the year they were mar­ried at Heinz Me­mo­rial Chapel. June 16, 1949 be­gan their 67 year odyssey of love and life, the pic­ture of a part­ner­ship.

In 1950, Bill re­ceived his Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree and be­gan his ca­reer at Columbia Gas Sys­tems as a Pur­chaser. In 1954, he joined U.S. Steel, where he worked in field sales and as the Re­gional Sales Man­ager for their Na­tional Tube Di­vi­sion. Bill and Marty were trans­ferred of­ten, bring­ing them to Detroit where two daugh­ters were born; to Tulsa, where their youngest daugh­ter was born and Bill re­ceived his MBA from the Univer­sity of Tulsa; back to Pitts­burgh and fi­nally to Dal­las. In 1969, fac­ing yet another trans­fer, they de­cided to risk it all by mov­ing back to Tulsa with their young girls to start their own busi­ness, South­west Tube Mfg., to­day known as We­bco In­dus­tries, head­quar­tered in Sand Springs.

Bill and Marty's part­ner­ship was crit­i­cal to the sur­vival and suc­cess of the busi­ness they built. They trav­eled the world es­tab­lish­ing busi­ness re­la­tion­ships to se­cure the com­pany's fu­ture, and to en­sure they grew to­gether in ex­pe­ri­ences. Marty worked by Bill's side at We­bco un­til her re­tire­ment in 1994, and re­mained by his side in life un­til her pass­ing two years ago.

Bill served as Chair­man of the Board and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the com­pany which man­u­fac­tures car­bon, stain­less and other tubu­lar prod­ucts, from its in­cep­tion in 1969 un­til his daugh­ter, Dana We­ber, took over as CEO in 2011. Bill re­mained Chair­man of the Board and was ac­tively in­volved in daily mat­ters un­til shortly be­fore his pass­ing.

We­bco was founded al­most 50 years ago based upon an idea and a com­mit­ment to in­tegrity learned 85 years be­fore from those men seek­ing work at his grand­mother's door.

He was a leader, vi­sion­ary, men­tor, and friend to many peo­ple who crossed his path. He will be missed, but not for­got­ten…es­pe­cially by his We­bco fam­ily.

He was, above all, a de­voted hus­band, the best Dad and a good, kind man.

He is sur­vived by his three daugh­ters, Kim­berly Al­li­son We­ber Frank and hus­band, Bradley; Dana Suzette We­ber; and Ash­ley Roye We­ber. He is also sur­vived by three grand­daugh­ters, Lau­ren Ash­ley We­ber Yates and hus­band, Craig, Lind­say Al­li­son Frank, and Rachel We­ber Frank Ethridge and hus­band, Michael; his nephew, Richard Mark We­ber and niece, Sharon Lynn (We­ber) Otto and her hus­band, Mer­ritt; two great-grand­sons, Pey­ton Wil­liam Frank Ethridge and Jensen Rowdy Yates; and his step-grand­chil­dren, Michael Hill, wife, Christina and chil­dren, Caylee and Huxlee, and Natalie Lee and hus­band, Luke.

He was pre­ceded in death by his beloved wife, Martha Rose Al­li­son We­ber; his par­ents, Frank T. and He­len L. We­ber; his brother, Richard Allen We­ber and sis­ter-in-law, Lois We­ber.

Visi­ta­tion will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Sun­day, Septem­ber 16, at Moore's South­lawn Fu­neral Home. Fu­neral ser­vice will be held at 3:00 pm, Mon­day, Septem­ber 17, at Boston Av­enue Methodist Church down­town.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily en­cour­ages me­mo­rial gifts to: The Univer­sity of Tulsa c/o the Martha A. and F. Wil­liam We­ber En­dowed Schol­ar­ship for Busi­ness and Engi­neer­ing. Moore's South­lawn 918-663-2233. Share a mem­ory with the fam­ily at

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