William Joseph “Pete” Westerfield Sr. went home to heaven on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.
He was born Nov. 13, 1939, in Indianapolis to the late Edward and Violet Westerfield.
Pete graduated from Emmerich Manual High School in 1957 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years.
He worked several years in construction before joining the railroad in 1967, retiring in 2001 after 34 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Ada Kibby and Anna Baker.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia J. “Patti”; children, Sabrina (Manukai), William Jr. “B.J.” (Brandi), Jeannie (Shane) and John (Sharon); nine grandchildren, Zachary, Alexis, Ethan, Jada, William, Benjamin, Alyssa, Aubrey and Emily; brother, Edward (Bonnie) Westerfield; sisters, Violet (Larry) Unversaw and Sharon (Mike) House; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins, whom he adored.
Pete was a member of American Legion Post 355, Bargersville Masonic Lodge 679, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and Johnson County Shrine Club.
He loved playing badminton, tennis and golf and was an avid fisherman. He taught many to water ski.
He was a pillar of strength for his family, loved by all and will be greatly missed.
A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 7602 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. by the Bargersville Masonic Lodge 679. Burial with military honors will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
The family request memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or the Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886-3765.
Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.