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Adrian Ed Westplate dies at 87

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Adrian “Ed” Westplate, 87, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Friday, February 29, 2008 at Brookside Care Center, Kenosha, Wis.

He was born on June 29, 1920 in Sherry, Wis. the son of the late Isaac and Marie (VanStrein) Westplate

On June 4, 1943 in Kenosha, he married Nellie Kloet, who survives in Kenosha.

Ed is also survived by one daughter Miriam (Ken) Christensen of Porter; sons Lorin (Denice) Westplate of Alexander City, Ala., Wayne Westplate of Maui, Hawaii; his brother John (Elizabeth) Westplate of Kenosha; his grandchildren Jonathan (Julie) Christensen, Alisa Christensen, Matthew Christensen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers John in infancy, Donald, Martin and his wife Pauline.

He came to Kenosha as a young boy. He was educated in schools of Kenosha and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School. He was in the U.S. Army during WWII, a member of the counter intelligence corps and was honorably discharged. He worked as a tool and die maker for AMC for over 25 years and for Johnson Outboard Motors & Marine for 16 years.

He was an active member of Christian Reformed Church. He was a Sunday School Teacher/Superintendent and was an elder on the church council. He was also a member of the UAW Local #72. He was an avid reader, enjoyed camping, building his house and his house up north. He was a very talented man especially with his hands. His grandkids were his pride and joy.

Funeral Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4 at Christian Reformed Church (7506 – 25th Ave.). Interment was at Green Ridge Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Visitation was at the Bruch Funeral Home, 3503 Roosevelt Rd. Kenosha, WI. 53142 and again on Tuesday morning at Christian Reformed Church.

Memorials would be appreciated to Brookside Care Center or to Christian Reformed Church.

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Posted 3/4/2008