Albert ‘Leo’ Westcott


Posted: Monday, March 26, 2007


  Albert 'Leo' Westcott

Albert 'Leo' Westcott

Former longtime peninsula resident Albert “Leo” Westcott died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho. He was 95.

A memorial service was held Friday, March 23, at Whitney United Methodist Church in Boise. Reverend Matt Henry officiated.

Mr. Westcott was born Dec. 6, 1911, in Fairfield, Neb., to Cyrus F. and Martha Jane (Woods) Westcott. As a young adult he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. Mr. Westcott was involved in the newspaper business and was the owner of the weekly Hay Springs News in Nebraska.

“He loved flying his airplane, was a loyal Cornhuskers fan, enjoyed working crossword puzzles and had a passion for reading. His other interests included music, singing in the church choir and he was an avid hunter and fisherman,” his family said.

In January 1967, Mr. Westcott fulfilled a dream of living in Alaska. He moved his family to Soldotna, where he continued his newspaper career at The Cheechako News and pursued his love for the outdoors and fishing. He was a lifetime member the United Methodist Church, the Elks and was a Mason.

“Leo was a faithful servant of the Lord and gave much of his time to serve the churches and communities where he lived,” his family said.

Mr. Westcott was preceded in death by his first wife, Levina (Schultz) Westcott; and son, Francis Lee Westcott.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lois A. (Jacobs) Westcott; sisters, Audrey Harvey of Boise and Selona Lotspeich of Madison, S.D.; sisters-in-law, JoAnne Kemper of Sheridan, Wyo. and Edna Collins of Oracle, Ariz.; sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Carolyn Westcott, and Royce and Joannie Tollman; daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Larry Havenga, Maureen and Fred Gallatin, Carleen and Bill Baker, and Merri Westcott-McClung; grandchildren, Shirley, Sondra, Mark, Daniel, Randle, Wayne, Anne Marie, Kay Lynn, Greg, Jeff, Jennifer, Sarah, Jolene, Benjamin and Jessica; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Whitney United Methodist Church, Soldotna United Methodist Church, local veterans organizations, the Soldotna Historical Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were made by Alden Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Idaho.

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