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In Memory of

John R. Westby

October 16, 1926 - May 12, 2017

Obituary


John Richard Westby, 90 of Chehalis, Wash, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017, in Centralia, Wash. The first born of Ragnvald and Hilma (Thorson) Westby on October 16, 1926 in Los Angeles, Cailf.

John married Colleen (Mueller) on July 13, 1946, in Orting, Wash. Together they raised four children: Mike, Ted, Dave and Lisa.

John enlisted in the Navy's V-12 program in 1944. When he returned home from the Navy, he began his first dairy farm at the Washington Soldiers Home and Colony in Orting. His work resume included dairy farmer...

John Richard Westby, 90 of Chehalis, Wash, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017, in Centralia, Wash. The first born of Ragnvald and Hilma (Thorson) Westby on October 16, 1926 in Los Angeles, Cailf.

John married Colleen (Mueller) on July 13, 1946, in Orting, Wash. Together they raised four children: Mike, Ted, Dave and Lisa.

John enlisted in the Navy's V-12 program in 1944. When he returned home from the Navy, he began his first dairy farm at the Washington Soldiers Home and Colony in Orting. His work resume included dairy farmer (Orting and Adna), truck driver, shoe store manager, car sales manager, rubber plant worker, construction worker, head of maintenance for Adna School District, and all-around handy man for SO many friends and family. John was always willing to learn something new and use what he learned for the next challenge.

After his retirement from Adna Schools, he enjoyed his 3-month RV trip around the USA with Colleen. Retirement for John included construction and maintenance jobs for his son, Dave. He traveled to Austria twice to assist with maintenance at the facility that his daughter Lisa and husband Jerry managed. John and Colleen traveled to many European countries. One highlight was a cruise to Norway with some of his family members, celebrating his Norwegian heritage.

John loved to play golf, especially at Riverside Golf Course in Chehalis. He played in Scotland at St. Andrews with his son, Mike. He played in Kauai with his son, Ted. He played in Indiana and Colorado with his son-in-law, Jerry.

School reunions were highlights for John, both his Steilacoom eighth grade class and the Orting High School Alumni Banquet. Since his graduation in 1944, he missed very few Alumni Banquets and encouraged others from near and far to join him for these events.

John served the Twin Cities Sertoma Club as president and Sertoma International as District Governor. At the time of his death he served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Greater Lewis County Habitat for Humanity. He used all of his learned skills to oversee the building of many houses in Lewis County for Habitat. His interest in this work continued far after he could no longer actively participate with the builds. Memorials can be given to either Twin Cities Sertoma Club or Greater Lewis County Habitat for Humanity.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Colleen (Mueller) in 2013, brothers Dean, Roald, and sister Sondra.

He is survived by his children; Mike (Sue) Westby of Poulsbo, Wash, Ted (Shelly) Westby of Winlock, Dave (Carrie) Westby of Hoquiam, and Lisa (Jerry) Telford of Indianapolis, Indiana, brothers-in-law: Philip Parker, Gerald (Maggie) Mueller and Fred (Sharon) Mueller, his 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Celebration of Life, with reception following, will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Sticklin Funeral Chapel, 1437 S. Gold St., Centralia, Wash. An inurnment will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Claquato Cemetery, 142 Stearns Rd., Chehalis, Wash.