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Services Wednesday for Richard A. Westergren

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Richard Anton Westergren, age 83 of Valparaiso, IN, passed away on July 11th, 2016.

He was born on May 26th, 1933 in Clay County, Nebraska to Harry and Grace Viola (Crouse) Westergren.

Richard is survived by his wife, Patsy D. (Salmons) Westergren; son, Richard Duane Westergren from Idaho; daughters, Delene (Gary) McGowan from Valparaiso, Dianna Westergren of Mississippi and Denese Bloom of Mississippi; stepchildren, Kenneth Hatfield of Michigan, Donald (Bobbi) Hatfield of Michigan, Gwendolyn (Douglas) Burk of LaPorte and Carolyn (Todd) Soller of Michigan City; grandchildren, Rachel, Katie, Steven, Christopher, Lora, Donielle, Samantha, Cory, Blake, Jacob Matt, Kyle and Kurtis; numerous great grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Westergren of Chesterton; sisters, Inez Zane of Porter and Phyllis (Dewey) Ward of Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Perry and brothers, Robert and Larry.

In 1937 his family moved from Nebraska to Chesterton, Indiana where he graduated from Chesterton High School in 1951. In 1959 he graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Architecture. He became a registered architect later that year. Richard practiced architecture in several cities including Chesterton, South Bend, Springfield, MO, Celina, OH and finally Michigan City. His experience and interest was primary educational facilities with projects in at least eight states. Richard enjoyed fishing and traveled numerous times to Canada in pursuit of northern pike, muskie and walleye. He loved to travel with his wife Patsy of 43 years and enjoyed their many family gatherings together. Richard was also a U.S. Army veteran.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Scott Jones officiating at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, burial to follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

Visitation will be on July 13, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, D.C., 20090.

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Posted 7/13/2016






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