Benjamin Lewis Westmoreland Jr. joined his Lord and Savior on September 27, 2013. He was born in Everett on March 8, 1918, to Esther and Benjamin Westmoreland, Sr. Ben lived all of his life in Everett. He graduated from the UW with a degree in Accounting. He married the love of his life, Charlotte Vick, in 1941. They were happily married for 71 ½ years until Charlotte's death last October. When World War II came, Ben went to work for his father. They bought a ranch where he farmed and raised cattle until 1953, when he had to quit because of an injury, (but he never gave up the Stetson hat). The Lord provided for his return to law school. Starting in 1955, he practiced law for 50 years. Ben was active in the community and especially Bethel Baptist Church, his church for 83 years. His faith in Jesus Christ was the most important thing in his life. Growing up on the Everett Waterfront he acquired his life-long love of the water, which included cruises to the San Juans at the age of 16 to his last Alaskan cruise in 2002. Ben is survived by his three daughters, Anne Robinson (Dwight), Janet Bryant (Ned), Mary Robinson (Mark); four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at Bethel Baptist Church on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 7 p.m., 2625 Hoyt Avenue, Everett. Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church or Gideons International (PO Box 501, Everett, 98206).
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 2 to Oct. 9, 2013