Dale E. Westaby, 78, of Weston, passed away in his sleep at home on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Dale was born in the Town of Stanley on August 24, 1939 to the late James and Gladys Westaby. He married the true love of his life, Eve Mack. She preceded him in death in 2013.
Dale ran day runs for Georgia Pacific/Blue Lynx, traveling as far as the UP, Michigan. His CB handle was the “Flying Irishman”. He was a family man, waking up unbelievably early to start his day so he could always get home to see his wife and kids. Dale loved living in the woods in his beautiful log cabin that he helped design and build (he humbly called it his “one room shack in the woods”). His faithful companion at home of recent years was his dog “Bear” who never left his side.
Dale enjoyed cutting and splitting wood so he could relish a warm fire. He liked riding his ranger and John Deere, watching the Packers and Badgers, talking to his family and friends, and tuning in old Westerns. He also loved traveling across the U.S. with his family and enjoyed Polka’s, Country music, and jelly beans which lead to his nickname of “Grandpa Jelly Bean” – he usually had some stashed in his pocket. He was always quick to show an incredibly warm smile and was happy to provide a helping hand to others. He was an amazing Husband, Dad, and Grandpa.
Dale is survived by his children, Dan (Holly) Westaby, of Wausau, Jim (Roshni-George) Westaby of Mendham, NJ and Nancy (Steve Raab) Westaby of Wausau; grandchildren, Maggie, Meredith (Justin), Anna and Mariam and one great-granddaughter, Vinca Rose. He is further survived by his siblings, Betty Morrissey, Richard “Pee Wee” (Lorraine) Westaby, Billy (Pat) Westaby, Joanne (Stanley) Rogowski, Charles Westaby, Maxine (Bill) Auger, Donald (Sandy) Westaby, and Bernadine (Earl) Shilts and sister-in-law, Merideth; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his infant brother Douglas, as well as his brother Gerald “Butch” Westaby, sister-in-law, Betty and brother-in-law Auggie.
The family would like to thank all those special care givers in Dale’s life, such as Jeannie, Deb, Wendy, Ruth, Bob, to mention just a few, and all the wonderful people at Davita Dialysis, Interim Health Care, and the Doctors and Nurses at the Marshfield Clinic and St. Claire’s Hospital.
A memorial service will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 630 Adams Street, Wausau. The Rev. Niveen Sarras will officiate. Visitation will take place from 9:30 am until the time of services at the church. Burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.brainardfuneral.com