Arnold Frederick Westerhold
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Arnold Frederick Westerhold, 96, died at 4:35 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Regency Nursing Care Residence.
He was born Oct. 6, 1916, in Madison County, Ill., to Herman and Henrietta Wille Westerhold. He married Virginia Holyace Coons on Sept. 5, 1942, and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2009.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ethel Gusewelle.
Surviving are his daughter, Karen (John) Nosko of Downers Grove; two sons, Roger Westerhold of Dawson and Morris (Anne Marie) Westerhold of Naperville; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter (Billie) Westerhold of Starkville, Miss.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ. He farmed and enjoyed gardening, growing fruit trees, woodworking, spending winters in Texas, was a lifelong learner and enjoyed reading up on health and nutrition.
He was a chemist at the Illinois Department of Public Health and EPA retiring in 1976. During World War II, he was a civilian contractor working as a Laboratory Supervisor at the Ordnance Factory in Baraboo, Wis.
Visitation: 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Staab Funeral Home.
Graveside Service: 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Rochester Cemetery with Rev. Jim Hibbett and Doris Holmes, President of Street Ministries at St. Paul AME Church, officiating.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the
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