Andrew Westra, Jr.

Date of Death: Jul 22, 2012
 
Andrew Westra, Jr.
[highlight_text] (1947 – 2012) [/highlight_text] Andrew Westra, Jr., 64, of Waupun, formerly of Randolph, died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at his home.


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[leftcolumn]Andy was born October 27, 1947 in Randolph the son of Andrew and Effie Fisher Westra. On November 4, 1966 he married Mary Vander Galien. Andy joined the US Air Force, serving in Vietnam for one year. After serving in the Armed Forces, Andy was a hog farmer, a correctional officer for the State of Wisconsin as well as a crop insurance adjuster. Andy enjoyed watching Little League games and watching his grandchildren’s games. He was a Badgers, Packers and Brewers fan. He loved to bomb around in his ’58 Chevy Apache truck with Mary. Andy was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun. He was described as “the man with big hands to help others, the broad shoulders for others to stand on to reach their goals, and a heart that was full of compassion and love for God’s people.”

Andy is survived by his wife, Mary Westra of Waupun; his children, Eric Westra of Waupun, Paul (Tanya) Westra of Fond du Lac, and Kristen Sauer of Waupun; grandchildren, Rueben, Jacob, Savanna, Mahri, Elizabeth, Silas, Ezekiel , and Riley Westra, and Clay Sauer; two sisters, Marilyn (John) Smits, and Evelyn (Howard) Minnema; three brothers, Peter (Doris) Westra, Syros (Janice) Westra, and Tony Westra; and many nieces and nephews.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents.
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[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Andy Westra may call on the family on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.[rightcolumn]

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Andrew Westra will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 11 a.m. at First Christian Reformed Church in Waupun (due to the construction at Bethel Christian Reformed Church) with Rev. Jeff Brower officiating.
[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun where American Legion Post 210 of Waupun will provide military rites.[/rightcolumn]
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  1. Glenda Westra Zielski Says: July 24, 2012 at 1:40 am

    God’s love and blessings to all of my wonderful cousin Andy’s family. We hold you close in thought and prayer.

    Is there a preference for memorials?

    Hugs,

    Glenda and Dennis Zielski
    River Falls, WI

  2. Patricia Westra Van Oosten to family of Andy Westra Says: July 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Dear family of Andy Westra,

    All the kids of Herman & June Westra have many fond memories of visiting our cousins, aunts and uncles during our childhood. Andy was a good man, and we are so sorry for your loss.

    Doug and Pat (Westra) Van Oosten

  3. Jeanna Ruebger and Mike Altman Says: July 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Andy was a good neighbor and a great help at a time when we needed it.

    You have our deepest sympathy,

    Mike and Jeanna

  4. Ed & Diane Westra Says: July 31, 2012 at 2:22 am

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.

  5. Stu Chance Says: August 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I live in Dodge City, KS. I didn’t know Andy well because of the distance between us but that being said , I thought of Andy as a friend. My guess is that most everyone that knew Andy was his friend. Big man…big heart….big loss for all that knew him.

  6. Jim and Ruth Buteyn Says: August 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Mary and family,

    We have many memories that go back to our high school days. May God bless you as you go on alone .You have been a good example of a loving servant as you care for the sick in your family. Singing with you as Reflection has been a pleasant memory for me we pray the grace and love you have shown others will come back to you double fold today. Thinking of you Mary.
    With Love,
    Jim and Ruth

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