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John William Westergaard

August 21, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

John William Westergaard, age 85, of Kendallville and formerly of Reinbeck, Iowa, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Parkview Noble Hospital. Mr. Westergaard was born on May 28, 1931 in Tama County, Iowa to the late James Westergaard Sr. and Elsie (Ramundt) Schroeder. He attended Reinbeck High School in Iowa and then joined and served his country honorably with the United States Army from 1948 to his discharge in 1952. John aided in the Korean War and served as a medical technician in Japan and South Korea during the war. On April 12, 1953 he married Ramona Doris Halupnick. From 1953 to 1966, John worked for his brothers' water conditioning business in

Reinbeck, Iowa before moving his family to Kendallville in 1967. He was a Service Manager for Culligan of Kendallville from 1967 to 1981. He then worked for Pipeline and Grain Transport Companies in Wyoming and New Orleans, also holding maintenance positions for different companies before his retirement. John was a lifetime member of both the American Legion and VFW, 50-year member of the Reinbeck Freemasons, and was a member of the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne, Ind. He loved to tell stories and reminisce with his family and friends at the local coffee shops. John enjoyed riding and taking trips on his motorcycles in his younger years. After retirement he and his wife Ramona spent winters in Ariz., Fla. and at their winter home in McAllen, Texas. Through his later years he loved to relax and sit back and watch western movies and took pride and joy in maintaining his lake home property. He will always be affectionately known as the 'MAYOR' of Terrace Hills where he and Ramona have resided for nearly 50 years. His children and grandchildren will always remember and admire their father and grandfather for his hard work ethic, integrity and for someone who loved his wife, family, community and most of all, country.

Survivors include: spouse, Ramona Doris Westergaard of Kendallville. Son, Daniel and Nyoka Westergaard of Casa Grande, Ariz. Daughter, Julie and Charles Knott of Chapin, S.C. Daughter, Pamela and Tom Burkhart of Watkinsville, Ga. Son, Thomas Westergaard of Avilla. Grandchildren, Jeromie and Mark Westergaard, Chad, Brandan, and Tyler Knott, Candace Brown, Anna and Maya Burkhart, Blake and Brock Westergaard. Great-grandchildren, Riley and Victoria Westergaard, Kayli, Davis, and Madilynn Brown, and Caroline Knott. Great-great- grandchild, Easton Uc-tun. Brother, James Jr. and Lillian Westergaard of Reinbeck, Iowa.

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Many nieces and nephews.

John was also preceded in death by his brothers, Walter, Raymond, and Roger Thede; and his daughter-in- law, Laura Westergaard.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street, Kendallville, Ind., 46755. There will be a Mason Lodge Service at 7:00 p.m. following the visiting hours.

A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 11a.m. at Hite Funeral Home.

Burial took place at Lakeview Cemetery in Kendallville.

Officiating the services will be Pastor Chris Stephens.

Pallbearers were Jeromie Westergaard, Mark Westergaard, Chad Knott, Tyler Knott, Brandan Knott, Blake Westergaard and Brock Westergaard.

Memorial donations may be directed to Shriner's Children's Hospital and Parkview Hospice.

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Arrangements entrusted to Hite Funeral Home of Kendallville.



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