Harry F. Westcott


Retired U.S. Army Col. Harry F. Westcott, 84, of Franklin passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin.

He was born Oct. 17, 1931, in Indianapolis to Harry F. and Ruby S. (Stober) Westcott.

He married Ruth (Green) Westcott on Nov. 17, 1967, in Columbia, South Carolina; she survives.

He was a 1949 graduate of Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis and a graduate of Butler University.

He retired from AT&T in 1987 as general transportation manager after 27 years of service.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, where he had received the Bronze Star, Air Medal and Republic of Vietnam Medal of Honor 1st Class. He was a retired colonel of the Indiana National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve after 42 years of service.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Franklin, where he served as church trustee; life member of the American Legion; member of Franklin American Legion Post 205, where he faithfully served on the Funeral Honor Guard detail; member of the Franklin Kiwanis Club since 1988, where he had served as president and was actively involved in the club food tent at the Johnson County 4H fair; and a member of the National Muzzle Loaders Association.

He was an active participant in the Study Connection program, Johnson County Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels. He also a historical interpreter in many Veterans Day programs over the years.

He also enjoyed hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth (Green) Westcott of Franklin; a brother, Jim Westcott (Sylvia) of Springfield, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Hardin of Franklin, Elizabeth Henninger (Tom) of Franklin and Pauline Clem of Bargersville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roy Westcott; and brothers-in-law, Stanley Hardin and George Clem.

The Revs. Homer Ford and David Mark Owens will conduct a services at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Swartz Family Community and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Burial with full military honors will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674; or First Baptist Church, 201 E. Jefferson St., Franklin, IN 46131.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 738-0202