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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

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  1. Dave Tomashaski

    01/08/2018 at 4:48 pm

    MY Heart Felt Condolences to the Westaby Family !

  2. Mary Kay and John Dreikosen

    01/08/2018 at 4:48 pm

    Deepest Sympathy to your family. John worked with Dale for over 30 years at GP/BlueLinx. Dale was always a great person to be around and made the job enjoyable. We both enjoyed Dale and Eve over the years – a wonderful couple.

    John and Mary Kay Dreikosen

  3. Dan Graveen

    01/08/2018 at 4:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Char hafeman

    01/08/2018 at 4:48 pm

    Dan, want you know you’re in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. I hope you and your family take comfort in knowing dad is in a better place and together with his one love,Eve. Wrap your love and memories of him around your hearts,and when the pain begins to over whelm you,look inside your selves. He’s in there and always will be. Bless all of you. Your friend Char Hafeman

  5. Dianne Mudgett

    01/08/2018 at 4:48 pm

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you at the loss of your father.
    My mom had just visited with him at his cabin the beginning of Dec. when she was with his brother Billy & her sister Pat. He was a very gracious host showing his beautiful cabin. It was a nice visit & she was glad that she got to see him.
    The memories you shared will always be in your heart even tho his us gone.
    Take care
    Dianne Mudgett & Josephine Pink

  6. dixie burk

    01/08/2018 at 4:48 pm

    Sincere sympathy, Dan, Holly, Maggie, Meredith, Vinca R and family
    He always had a sweet smile and kind word in church
    Prayers, Grace ~ Memories
    Faith

  7. Sue & Mike Schwede

    01/08/2018 at 4:48 pm

    So sorry to hear about your dad, and father in law. He always looked so happy when he came into church. Such a kind man. Our prayers are with all the family.