James Patrick Westergaard

Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2000

Ninilchik resident James Patrick Westergaard died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 86.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Ninilchik. Pastor Ron Blough will officiate. Burial will be in the American Legion Cemetery in Ninilchik.

Mr. Westergaard was born March 17, 1914, in Sentinel Butte, N.D., to James Christian and Mabel Westergaard. He was raised and educated there. He was inducted into the U.S. Army serving during World War II and was honorably discharged.

Mr. Westergaard was a self-employed building contractor for 20 years in California. He then was a traveling salesman in the Northwest region for many years.

He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Ninilchik. Mr. Westergaard was a sports enthusiast and loved to watch his grandson's sporting events.

The family wrote, "He was devoted to his children and especially to his grandson, Dylan. He loved the Lord and was looking forward to his eternal home. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be dearly missed. Jim and his wife Lisa would have been married 60 years as of Nov. 20."

Mr. Westergaard is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Lisa, of Ninilchik; son James and his wife Jacquelyn, of Seattle, Wash.; daughter Karin Grimes and her husband Galen, of Ninilchik; grandson Dylan, of Kenai; brother John and sister Blanch Gibler and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 509, Ninilchik, AK 99639. The donations will be distributed to the church missionaries.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel of Kenai.

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