Wendell Westby, 96
Oliver “Ollie” Wendell Westby died of natural causes on Dec. 10, 2013, at 96. Ollie was born in the town of Turtle, Rock County, on April 22, 1917, to James W. and Caroline Westby. He was one of seven children, two girls and five boys. He graduated from Janesville High School in 1936 and attended the University of Wisconsin Extension and Milton College. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Mattson of Janesville in 1940. Ollie served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight instructor and member of the Ferry Command, delivering airplanes in World War II. He graduated from Randolf Field, San Antonio, and was commissioned as a flight officer. He served in China, Burma and India. Aside from his family, Ollie considered his service in the Air Force his greatest pride.
When he returned from service he was a salesman for Chamber and Owen in Janesville for 20 years. He then became a successful American Family Insurance agent in Janesville for 20 years. He retired to his vacation home in Boulder Junction in 1984. He lived his last three years at Lasata Heights in Cedarburg.
Ollie enjoyed gardening, fishing, golfing, cardplaying and telling “Air Force” stories. Most of all he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His positive attitude and joy for life were an inspiration for all who knew him.
He is survived by sons, James O. Westby (Sharon) of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Charles W. Westby (Jean) of Fond du Lac; and daughter, Carolyn E. Holloway (William) of Cedarburg. He is further survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Oliver was preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters; grandson, Jeffrey Westby; daughter-inlaw, Elizabeth Westby; and his loving wife, Betty. Ollie and Betty were married for almost 68 years before her death in 2008. Visitation for Oliver “Ollie” Wendell Westby will be on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 678 Western Ave., Fond du Lac. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the church. A spring burial will take place in the Cemetery of the Pines, Boulder Junction, Vilas County.
Uecker-Witt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established in Ollie’s name. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.ueckerwitt.com.