John F. Westafer

John F. Westafer
Jan. 20, 1922-Aug. 22, 2012 
BOURBON — John F. Westafer, 90, of Bourbon passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 at 9 a.m. at Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home of Plymouth.
A long-time Bourbon business owner he was born the son of Edward and Emma Frantz Westafer Jan. 20, 1922 in Wabash County, Urbanna. He was the second youngest of five siblings. He graduated from Chester High School in 1940 and went into farming with his parents. With the start of World War II he entered the Army and was part of the postwar occupation Army of Japan. After World War II he started farming in Tippecanoe where he became a true Tippecanoe “River Rat” and proud follower of the Tippecanoe Police Dogs even after moving to Bourbon with Bourbon Comets fans in his household. In 1947 he became part owner of the Bourbon Foundry until 1977 when he retired. After his “semi retirement” he went back to his roots and went back to farming with Mack Fetters. He was also known as the fishing “Blue Gill Champ” of Marshall County fishing more than 98 lakes that he could remember. His main fishing partner was Malon Robinson.
John was also a sport enthusiast as a Cubs fan for more than 81 years and a fan of local sports of which he was inducted into the Triton Sports Hall of Fame the first year. As with many small towns John also volunteered as a fireman with the Bourbon Fire Department.
John met Doris Irene Carothers of LaPaz and Nov. 24, 1948 he and Doris were married. Doris survives along with their two sons; Ronald Edward and Larry Lee both of Bourbon along with seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister Violet Colclesser and four brothers; Lawrence, Clem, Glen and Eugene.
The family will receive friends Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home, 115 S. Main St., Bourbon.
Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. Wednesday, with his grandson, Pastor Ted Westafer officiating.
Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon.
The family requests memorial contributions to: Marshall County Hospice and Palliative Care in his memory. Marshall County Hospice at 112 S. Center St., Suite C Plymouth, IN 46563.
Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. Condolences may be left at