Karl Hanns Wester (1935 - 2019)

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Karl Hanns Wester, 83, of Woodlawn, Va., passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at his residence.
He was born in Hudson, N.Y., on Oct. 31, 1935, to the late Otto and Lare Kirch Wester.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne Thornton Wester; and a brother, Pete Wester.
Karl grew up on a farm in upstate New York, the middle son of German immigrants. After high school he apprenticed at GE as a draftsman. While he worked in many different fields in his life, his main career was as an engineer and he was awarded a patent for his work in 1991.
He traveled all over this country in his lifetime but his favorite place was when he and Suzanne moved to Two Tops in Virginia. He loved that mountain more than any other place and was known for his daily walks. 
The sense of community he found there was better than he had ever encountered and he cherished those friendships most of all.
While he will be greatly missed by his family and friends, we are blessed to know that he will always be on his mountain as "mayor" forever.
If so moved, consider making a donation to your local Hospice foundation in Karl's name.
Survivors include his daughter, Trish Morrison of Rockledge, Fla.; stepdaughter, Roseanne Willis and husband, Jimmy of Houston, Texas; stepson, Rick Robinson and wife, Debi of Marlton, N.J.; brother, Ron Wester of Columbia; grandchildren, Karina Robinson, April Tenorio and husband, Scott, Katherine Irving and husband, Chris and Alyssa Morrison; and great-grandson, Milo Rightmyer.
A service of remembrance will be held at a later date.
The care of Wester has been entrusted to High Country Services.
Online condolences can be made at www.highcountryservice.com.
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High Country Services Funeral & Cremations
600 Glendale Road
Galax, VA 24333
(276) 236-9009
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Published in Galax Gazette from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2019
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