Willard Aldean Westman, 72, rural Sawyer and formerly of Benedict, died on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, surrounded by his family, in a Minot hospital.
Willard was born on April 25, 1940, in Benedict to William and Alice (Gullickson) Westman. He was reared on the family farm and attended school in Benedict. As a young adult he assisted on the family farm and was employed by Boeing as a truck driver during the construction of the missile sites.
Willard married Beverly Krueger on May 20, 1967, in Sawyer. They made their home near Sawyer and Willard was employed by Bee Line Service as a hydraulic jack repairman. He became a certified welder and was employed by Falkirk Power Plant, Gravel Products, Morris Rod Weeder Company and the Minot Public Schools. He retired in 1990 and spent his retirement years traveling throughout the region to auction sales and antique shops. He was very proud of his three vintage Indian motorcycles. He was an avid clock and watch collector and as a self-taught repairman was proud to call himself a horologist.
Willard was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Benedict and the Moose Lodge in Minot.
Willard's loving family includes: his wife of 45 years Bev; children, Scott Westman (Kristi Lemer) of Velva, Lisa (Dan) Severson of Jamestown, Eric (Lisa) Westman of Minot and Evan Westman (Teresa Marquart) of Sawyer; grandchildren, Becky Olson, Ryan and Allison Young, Riley Westman, Ryan Lemer, Alex and Aaron Westman, Jacob Otto and Amanda Westman; sisters, Verna Howard of Minot and Avis (Don) Steifel of Garrison; sister-in-law, Ruby Westman of Benedict; brother-in-law, Bruce Lorenz of Ruso; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Willard was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Kermit Westman; sister, Jenny Lorenz; and brother-in-law, Harold Howard.
Celebration of the Life of Willard Westman: Friday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Graveside Service: Friday at 4:15 p.m. in St. Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Sawyer.
Visitation: Today, Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).